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Former Wyoming Native

Taylorsville, UT

#22 Mar 10, 2007
What can I say, Wyoming is a take it or leave it type state. I was born and raised in Wyoming for the majority of my life. Born in Cheyenne and lucky to have lived my childhood life at the base of the Bighorn Mountains in Buffalo. Truly a wonderful place to live. I went to school at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, got my degree, then the real fun began, trying to find a decent paying job in the state I truly love. I have moved out of Wyoming many times, Denver, Phoenix, and now currently back to Salt Lake City, all for the major factor of lack of good paying long term jobs in Wyoming. I have moved out and back probably 6 times thinking it would be better and it wasn't. Just recently, I had to leave Cheyenne again and move back to get my old job back in Salt Lake. It truly kills me when I have to leave, but this time it was for a true focus, I met a wonderful woman, tried to make it work in Cheyenne with her and her kids, but she couldn't hack it and I moved to get a good job and make it work in Utah. The best thing is my family still lives in Wyoming and I can always come back to visit. Maybe I can make enough $$ and retire there someday. Anyone thinking of coming to Wyo, welcome but remember it's not easy, it's not like any other place on earth it's a hell of an adjustment, but if you can get past that you can get past anything. Gillette and Rock Springs are the hot spots for oil and methane well jobs, but remember where a boom comes busts happen just as well. Wyoming where heaven is a local call!!!!
Wyoming....love it, if you don't PLEASE LEAVE!!!
Kathy N

Tulsa, OK

#23 Mar 12, 2007
keepscallingmyname wrote:
I too have a fascination with Wyoming. Don't need a job as I work on the internet and can live anywhere I can get broadband. Love nature and outdoors and don't mind the cold, grew up in WI.
Is Cody a nice place to live? What about Sheridan?
Any info on reasonable housing and access to stores and access to broadband would be appreciated. I am someone who likes to have a Walmart nearby, too. Also, are the people nice, friendly and helpful, i.e. western hospitality alive and well?
My mom & dad moved to Cody a few months ago & love it! There is a Wal-Mart Super Center, lots of chain type restaurants, several family owned too that are really good, lots of little mom & pop type shops, specialty shops (western wear i.e.) I was there about a year ago, really liked it. People are friendly & helpful with directions, population is around 7000-8000 I think I was told. Very pretty country, only 106 mi. from Billings where the closest major airport is. I can't wait to go back this summer on vacation!
keepscallingmyna me

Bangor, ME

#24 Mar 19, 2007
Kathy N wrote:
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My mom & dad moved to Cody a few months ago & love it! There is a Wal-Mart Super Center, lots of chain type restaurants, several family owned too that are really good, lots of little mom & pop type shops, specialty shops (western wear i.e.) I was there about a year ago, really liked it. People are friendly & helpful with directions, population is around 7000-8000 I think I was told. Very pretty country, only 106 mi. from Billings where the closest major airport is. I can't wait to go back this summer on vacation!
Thanks Kathy for the input about Cody. Sounds like it my be my kinda place. I like that it is near Yellowstone and Billings and also that it has the stores, too. I've checked it out on Google Earth and it looks like rugged, beautiful country. I am so in need of a change and going from the East coast to the Rockies is HUGE! All that fresh air, clean water and open space sounds like nirvana to me. Went backpacking in the Big Horns when I was in my 20s and it was a scary experience up there on Lightening Lake. Never experienced lightening like that in my life. Didn't think I would live through the night to tell about it and also the Golden Trout looking at me from the shores of the lake the next morning. It rare experiences like that which make a place memorable and special. Guess I am looking for a new landscape to grow and bond with. I know it may not be be easy there but a little challenge is good for the soul and spirit. As is said here, if it doesn't kill ya, it will make you stronger. One is never too old for adventure. It keeps one young I am convinced.
Stay away

United States

#25 Mar 19, 2007
Personally people from there small rural towns in the east or west coast will find that theres not the services that there used too. Wyomings the smallest population state, and the weather is never predictable. Sure Cheyenne and the other larger cities can still operate in bad weather and provide more services. The small towns though, Clearmont, Dayton, Ranchester, Parkman up here by montana aren't too friendly to out of staters in the winter. I'm tired of pulling there stupid buts out of the ditch in the winter because they can't drive smartly during a snow storm. SO coast people stay away
New to Wyoming

Butte, MT

#26 Mar 21, 2007
We have been here for almost 2 months. My husband and I are originally from Tennessee, and have felt quite at home, since we first stopped in. People will buy you a drink at the bar, just to hear your story. Not to mention the wonder of God's nature surrounding you wherever you look. We like it here, and can be quite happy for a while. Sounds strange coming from 2 road warriors, like us. If you need material things in your life, you will not be happy in Wyoming. Casper, mayber, but why live there, if you like the "city" life?
Charlie

Saginaw, MI

#27 Mar 22, 2007
To New in Wy. I don't know where your from but if you think Casper is city you need to be on Bay Road at 5 p.m. on a Friday in Saginaw Michigan
bluegrass girl

Campbellsville, KY

#28 Mar 22, 2007
I lived in wyoming for 25 years.if you like long hard winters,and inpersonable people,it would be a good place to be.It takes alot of money to live there.Never ,Never go there with the thought you can get on your feet.You have to know somebody,and have some $ when you get there..People are very clickish,and unfriendly.Its a bad place to be broke.I have seen alot of couples move there,and be divorced in 1 year.Alcohol is a major problem.The men go to the bars and the women stay home.Its a mans world there.I came from a well to do family there,and have seen it all.Its a great place to visit,but way to dry,cold and primitive to stay.Dont get me wrong,its beautiful,but you get out of touch with the real world.
wyoming raised

United States

#29 Mar 27, 2007
wyoming people like having elbow room, start moving in and taking away all of our grazing and hunting land then we get angry. To miss bluegrassgirl, Ive see people from wyoming helping outofstaters change tires in the middle of no where roads. Your the type of person wyoming doesn't need.
Micaki

Kingsport, TN

#31 Mar 31, 2007
I too have been researching moving to Wyoming, and i have to tell you that my research tells me that it would be a smart decision. There is a low state tax 4-6%, no personal income tax, and no tax on military retirement. On top of all of that almost the property tax is only 9.5% of market value, and personal property tax is extremely limited. The only other state that even comes close to those benifits is Alaska....yup, doing my research for moving there too!!!
I know Jackson very trendy, touristy, and expensive but you cant beat being located between Yellowstone and the Tetons. I was looking in Montana as well, however they tax retirement and that is not acceptable. After 30 years in the military i want to retain every cent i can to spend as i see fit.
Jessie

Torrington, WY

#32 Apr 3, 2007
So i tell pple i live in wyoming and they r like where the hell is wyoming? and i say next to colorado.. and utah... and all that and they are like Yea but where is wyoming weird.. ive never heard of it before!! how gay haha.. retartds... well my bro is facing 10 yrs of prison if he brakes his 5 yr probation over braking marijuana probation? and he is in jail for 3 more months already after 6.. fkning cops in t-town r gay as hell..
Ian Chalmers

Greensboro, NC

#33 Apr 10, 2007
I will be moving to Gillette, Wyoming next
week to live and work.I see housing is expensive and scarce.I hate cold wind so the challenge is in my face,but too many people have talked obout the beauty of Wyoming.The wages offered to me anyway far surpass those accross the nation.Hopefully my wife and 3 Great Danes and a mutt will love it and settle permanently in Wyoming.
Ian Chalmers

Greensboro, NC

#34 Apr 10, 2007
wyoming raised wrote:
wyoming people like having elbow room, start moving in and taking away all of our grazing and hunting land then we get angry. To miss bluegrassgirl, Ive see people from wyoming helping outofstaters change tires in the middle of no where roads. Your the type of person wyoming doesn't need.
You are the kind of person Wyoming does not need.How long have you been grazing?I laugh when people like you get angry,what you gonna do ,eat some more grass?Go to New york ,idiot.
James

Elkton, MD

#35 Apr 15, 2007
I was wondering what the local dump truck industry is like through out wyoming? Can you tell me about any rock quarrys in the state?
Bobbi

Waynesville, MO

#36 Apr 24, 2007
I am not native to Wyoming. I have moved here due to family who lived here. As with many places there are some friendly people. I just ignore the ones who think they own the state and outsiders shouldn't move here.(last I heard it was
America and I can live where I want) But I do find most people don't want us outsiders.(it's often subtle) Luckily I am happy with only a good friend or two. I think it's hard to adjust to but I only lived in one place for most of my life and that may be the reason why. It does have it's beauty as do most states. I found the job market difficult and housing high but I think it depends on what part of the state you live in and what type of work you do. I am a single person and think that is harder than being a married couple with children. More opportunities to be involved with school and things for the children where you meet others. I will stay until I no longer want to and then leave. No since staying somewhere if and when you decide it's not for you.
Bobbi

Waynesville, MO

#37 Apr 24, 2007
Have no clue why that says I live somewhere in MO. I don't. Maybe there are two Bobbi's on here?
Oh well I promise I do live in southeast Wyoming.
oilpatch trash

United States

#38 May 29, 2007
long cold harsh winters.lotsa people that come here dont last thru the first winter.
Vermonter

Lewisburg, PA

#39 Jun 19, 2007
I am from the State of Vermont and I am moving to Laramie. I am used to rugged mountains, cold weather and isolated living. There is no good paying jobs in Vermont and the people from Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey are ruining my state as they move in. We now have litter everywhere and obnoxious people everywhere. Are these types moving to Laramie? Also do the police respect your constitutional rights as long as you are a law abiding citizen, or do they pull you over and harass you for every little thing like New Your Police
Laura

United States

#40 Jul 7, 2007
My husband and I are looking to move to Casper, WY because of a possible job. I have been doing some research on the Wyoming life to try and find out how Casper is. Does anyone here have any input on this? About a year or so ago we moved back to Michigan because we weren't happy in Wisconsin. We just don't want to make the same mistake twice. Is renting more expensive than owning a home? Are Jobs hard to find? Any input that anyone has would be greatly appreciated!!!!
Pinedale girl

Campbellsville, KY

#41 Jul 8, 2007
I lived in Pinedale Wy for 22 years.I have been gone now for 10 years,and still miss the wide open spaces,but i dont miss the cold long winters..Its also hard to live there if you dont have LOTS of Money when you get there.The housing is out of this world,and hard to find.The smaller towns like Pinedale are so hard to make it.I will never forget the time i was visiting 3 years ago,and stopped by the local mom and pop store for Laundry soap.For gain detergent(120 0z) it was $17.50.I drove to Rock springs and got it for $7.00.Thats how they get you.In the winter if the roads are to bad to drive,you have to buy it.Also beware (women) The cold and dry weather also ages you faster then a more humid climate.A lot of alcoholism.The last i checked Sublette co was the highest in the state.Yes the streams are clean and the air is also,but your kids never feel the grass on their little feet,and never know what warm lake water is like.Just be aware before u make the move,and quit a good job.The people are hard to get to know also.If your from the South you'll be depressed...There's just nothin like Southern Hospitality.
Pinedale girl

Campbellsville, KY

#42 Jul 8, 2007
Laura wrote:
My husband and I are looking to move to Casper, WY because of a possible job. I have been doing some research on the Wyoming life to try and find out how Casper is. Does anyone here have any input on this? About a year or so ago we moved back to Michigan because we weren't happy in Wisconsin. We just don't want to make the same mistake twice. Is renting more expensive than owning a home? Are Jobs hard to find? Any input that anyone has would be greatly appreciated!!!!
The wind blows all the time..lol I have 2 sisters that live there.It depends on the job field.Make sure ,before you make the move the job is a sure thing.I was wondering if you the wife were looking for a job?My sister is always looking for help.She has a cleaning business.She pays really well,and only does Businesses.If u are interested and decide to move.I will check this blog from time to time,and give you some info on how to reach her, if u move to Casper.Good luck on your adventure.By the way is your husband into computers?another relative in casper has a Big business in that field.I am thinking of moving myself,because of family and better money.

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