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What's So Great About Wyoming?


15 Reasons Why Wyoming Is The Best State. Period.
Dec. 13, 2013
By Lauren Perry

I used to live in Maryland and work on Capitol Hill. I now live in a town with less than 10,000 people in Wyoming in the middle of nowhere. Be jealous.

1. Zero traffic. I can leave the house 3 minutes after I was supposed to be at work and STILL get there on time.

2. No lines. It could be the busiest day of the year (read: Black Friday) at Walmart, and I still don’t have to wait. Most likely because the cashiers know me/are my students.

3. I know everyone. Everywhere. If I am caught in a bind, whether it’s my car, the mail, my dog runs away, chances are, I know whoever it is I will be dealing with and they will help me and actually care about my problem.

4. If I actually DON’T know someone, they know my dad.

5. People are SO nice. Everywhere. Period. Even if it is 11pm and they’re trying to close the bar, they’re still happy to see you.

6. We have one university. Poke pride is unanimous. We only have one four year institution and everyone in the state roots for it… no matter how bad we might be at football/basketball that year.

7. It is beautiful here. Have you ever been to Yellowstone/the Tetons/anywhere in Wyoming? It is absolutely breath-taking, and guess what? No lines!

8. Wide open spaces. Montana is a sneaky bastard because they must have paid someone to get the name “big sky state”- that belongs to Wyoming. You’ve never seen a horizon so big.

9. There is zero pollution. You haven’t seen the stars til you’ve seen them from the Big Horn mountains.

10. Usually, people who move here trying to change things get booted by the locals. Which is amazing and maintains our Western traditions.

11. We are undisputed Bronco country. Go Peypey!

12. When I go to the gym after work, it takes me approximately 6 minutes there and 6 minutes back, making my hour long run last… actually an hour.

13. It dumps snow. And I mean dumps. Causing legitimate reasons to be late/not go to work. Hey, if the car won’t start because it’s -40, you probably shouldn’t be out on the roads.

14. To hell with Angie’s list, you can most likely talk to anyone you know about any business, doctor, dentist, etc. and they will give you the lowdown.

15. You know the cops. My boyfriend works for the county, and every time we drive past a police officer, he waves. Not to be an ass-kiss, but because they’re his buddies.

No one knows about Wyoming so they generally stay away. But now that you know the secret, you might want to visit. Be careful. You’ll never want to leave

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i love Wyoming.

i love Wyoming.

proverbs 20:15
There is gold, and an abundance of jewels;
But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing.


Anything specific?


my comment was supposed to be all-encompassing! haha. In college I spent 5 weeks in Beulah, Wy for Geology field camp and loved every minute of it. We would hike all day and camp all weekend in the Black Hills.

-I really loved the geology/scenery but it was much more than that.

-I had never spent time in a town with ZERO police officers-the nearest officer was 20 miles away in Sundance, whom i never saw

-The population was about 20-30 and everyone was a liberty/freedom lover and a pleasure to talk to.
-> smoking inside is illegal, but in the only bar no one gives a crap (smoke em if you got um)
-> they also knew how to have fun just about every night
-> they were very accepting, while there we made friends with most the locals and even got invited out to help herd some cattle

-Beyond all that I love how much space there is.. Wy actually has the lowest population density out of all US states (even less than Alaska!)


proverbs 20:15
There is gold, and an abundance of jewels;
But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing.

The only black eye Wyoming

The only black eye Wyoming has is Dick Cheney.

Beat me to it.

Good ole Dick "Shootyouintheface" Cheney


Add to it that they have some of the most gun friendly laws in the nation. Best homeschooling laws too

I am a NH native,

having lived in Wyoming for the last 15 years. This article is true. All of it. Yes, one can drive to Boston from where I lived in NH, but it takes the same time to drive through all that traffic as it does to drive to Denver from where I live now, even though it is 150 miles further, because there literally is never much traffic. In fact, the only traffic jam I have ever seen, is on back roads that are open range, the jam being cows crossing the road. As to the comment on small town gossip, etc, NH was worse, by far, because more people in NH have never left, and considered outsiders from other states "foreigners". Wyoming does have a few of those, however, but most are from other states.
We were stopped by a cop the other day, (license plate was missing from being blown off by the wind, which is the only downfall), and he was so kind, just didn't want us to get stopped again, and I gave him my business card, and he is hiring me to redo his truck seat.
A friend of mine is a cop, and he is going around the state giving "concealed carry classes", so we can all concealed carry in this state. He is also running for sheriff, and promises to kick out the Feds if they are messing in this county.
As to the isolation, we live off grid, 27 miles from town, and I know more people here than I ever knew in NH. I know every one of my neighbors in a 10 square mile area. I meet people constantly, in my home and in theirs, in my business.
We left for reasons of poverty and I don't do well without sunshine, which NH has little. None of my vehicles ever would pass NH inspection, and we didn't want to buy a home, and pay a mortgage payment for the rest of our lives, which is what the real estate tax would be close to. Here there is no inspection, and the taxes on our gorgeous 37 acres with two homes is 628.00 per year.
We barely see any evidence of a poor economy here either.

Looks like a lot has changed in those 15 years

since you left NH, because I've never ran into anyone here who considers people from other states to be "foreigners", though they're not wild about folks from MA...but who is?

Also, it takes me 80-90 minutes to reach Boston proper, but I'm also not dumb enough to drive during rush hour. Or I could just take the train and be there in about an hour.

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It's about time you really came clean. LOL

The most important resource that I'm looking for will be 'good' people I can count on to use good judgement.
I'm 62 y.o.
Whatever I invest in; farms, technology, cattle, equipment and retreats will be passed onto those folks who steward it with me now. That includes the financial resources to sustain things long after I'm gone.
So it's really about finding good souls in a good place.

reason 16: it is its own state motto.

Wyoming? Wyoming!

Daily Paul cured my abibliophobia.

Wyoming is *too* isolated

for my tastes, though I've visited briefly and I enjoyed my short time there. New Hampshire is ideal for me, since I can always drive down to Boston whenever I want to be in an urban environment.

Never been a fan of the "everybody knows everybody" deal that comes with living in a small town either, since that tends to creates petty, rumor-fueled drama that gets brought up in every conversation.

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