Wyoming is one of the least populous states in the country, thanks in part to many rugged mountain ranges and large tracts of government-owned land. Still, real estate and houses for rent in Wyoming are in demand, especially in the popular resort areas like Jackson and in smaller towns experiencing a population boom due to in-demand oil and gas jobs. Start searching for a house, condo, or townhome today by looking through our rental listings below.
Why Move to Wyoming?
Most people move or relocate to Wyoming for the atmosphere. It’s not something easy to put into words but, when you talk to people who move there, the same themes keep coming up. Some of it is a bit of nostalgia for cowboy culture and the small town way of life, wanting to move to a place where people get to know their neighbors. Others see it as one of the last frontiers, a place that still takes a self-reliant and adventurous spirit to live in and that has thousands of acres of parks, forests, and other unspoiled public land to explore.
All sorts of people are drawn to the state, from the celebrities and millionaires that build or buy vacation homes at the foot of the Tetons to the oil and gas or mine workers who move from one small town to another following work and the ranchers on the high prairie in the eastern part of the state. One thing most of them share is an independent spirit and a love for the outdoors and wide open spaces that are so rare in many other states. Non-intrusive state and local governments and no state income tax make Wyoming even more attractive to many people.
What to Do In Wyoming
Most towns and even cities in Wyoming are small, and many are far from larger cities, so there are few places within a walk or short drive to shopping and not many high-brow cultural attractions once you leave the Teton area. There is still much to do and see though, starting with the visiting some of the many national and state parks and recreation areas and outdoor attractions.
The Wyoming Rockies offer many wonderful places for skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, and mountain biking. There have been many trophy trout and game animals taken by hunters and fishermen in Wyoming as well, and hunting and fishing are popular throughout the state. History buffs will find many museums and historic sites to explore, including fossil digs in the Fossil Butte desert. There are also many large and small rodeos throughout the state.
Renting in Wyoming
Rental laws in Wyoming are pretty straight-forward, although some have criticized them for favoring the landlord above the tenant, and for not having been updated since 1999. They can be found in Article 12, Section 1 of the Wyoming State Statutes. This FAQ from Legal Aid Wyoming explains them in a form that is easier to read.
It is important to do some research into the area you plan to move to, including available jobs, housing, and the cost of living before moving. Currently, the northwest part of the state is very expensive because of the big parks, recreation areas, and large tourist economy.
The northern and southwest parts of the state are experiencing a “boom” because of the energy industry and jobs and money are plentiful, but housing is scarce and rentals can be hard to find and expensive, because developers know most of the population will move if the work moves on. The southeast corner of the state is the most affordable area, and the easiest to find housing in, but it is high prairie and desert instead of the mountains that draw so many people to Wyoming and it is the poorest part of the state.
Residential Rental Property Statutes (Article 12, Section 1)
Private Landlord-Tenant Laws FAQ – Legal Aid Wyoming
Moving to Wyoming (Wyoming.gov)
Wyoming@Work – find a job