Are you considering moving to Cheyenne, Wyoming but don’t know what to expect? In this episode of Why Not, I’m going to share the who, what, where, when, and why of moving right here to Cheyenne. We’ll look at the reasons people are choosing to live here so you can see if this city is right for you.
Welcome To Cheyenne
Cheyenne, Wyoming is located along Interstate 25 just north of the state line that it shares with Colorado. This puts it only about 90 minutes away from world-class skiing, hiking, biking, and other great attractions. One of the main reasons that people choose to live here is the fact that there is no traffic, with the average commute time for people in Cheyenne to get to work at about 14 minutes.
Another great benefit to living in Cheyenne is that both the unemployment rate and the cost of living have remained about 1% below the national average. This has resulted in a little bit of a population boom with an increase of about 8% since 2020.
One of the things that you'll quickly notice in Cheyenne is we're a very military-friendly town. You're going to see our servicemen and women all over town. This is mostly because Warren Air Force Base is located just at the edge of town.
An Air Force base is an active military installation within the Air Force. It houses approximately 4,000 servicemen and women, with an additional 5,000 of their family members living off base in our communities. In fact, Cheyenne Regional Airport was used by the military to land a variety of jets and bombers.
For this reason, the airport can handle any size of aircraft. You can use that to your advantage if you live in Cheyenne by flying directly from Cheyenne to other locations. For example, if you're looking to get down to Denver in about 30 minutes, you can fly on United Airlines for about 90 bucks round trip.
What a lot of people don't even realize is that the Cheyenne Regional Airport does not look like Kitty Hawk. It's not a landing strip out in some farmer's ranch; it's an actual, full-service airport that you can take advantage of.
The Cost Of Housing
Now that you know the basics about our military-friendly town, let’s look at the cost of housing. Housing costs will vary depending on which part of Cheyenne you live in. Overall, though, housing in the city is considered very affordable.
To give you an idea, the median average home price in Cheyenne right now is about $311,000. Don't get me wrong; you could easily spend upwards of a million dollars if you want to live just outside of town on one of the beautiful ranches that surround the city. A good rule of thumb in Cheyenne is that as you go north or west, the housing gets a little bit more expensive than if you were to live in the south or the east.
That being said, there are neighborhoods in the southwest part of the city that have had the highest depreciation rates since the year 2000.
That Small-Town Feeling
Beyond the affordability and convenience of being on two different interstate highways, one of the reasons that people like living in Cheyenne is because of the small-town feeling. You can really get to know your neighbors and other people in your community.
Residents here are going to be very friendly, and it's almost guaranteed that you're going to go to the grocery store, buy a few things, and leave with a couple of new friends. Or, you might show up at a restaurant and two people sitting there are going to know you by name, say hi, and give you a wave. That is exactly the type of community that Cheyenne is and probably the thing that people love the most about living here.
Outdoor Activities And Frontier Days
However, don't let our small-town feeling make you think that life here is boring, because we are so much more than that. Cheyenne is well-known for its outdoor activities and proximity to world-famous places like the VW Rec Center, Curt Gowdy State Park, and Medicine Bow National Park. These natural areas give you access to everything that you might want to do outdoors.
If you're into skiing, there's plenty nearby. Snowy Range Ski Resort is continually recognized by national ski publications for the consistently great snow, genuine western hospitality, scenic beauty, and overall value. It’s nestled in the stunningly beautiful Medicine Bow National Forest.
One more thing that you will absolutely love (if you haven't experienced it yet) is the rodeo. Cheyenne is famous for its rodeo, with Frontier Days as the city’s biggest attraction. This annual rodeo draws thousands of rodeo people, musicians, food trucks, beer vendors, face painters, and more. It lasts for the better part of a week once a year. The best way that I can explain Frontier Days is that it's Cheyenne’s Super Bowl.
While we like our traditional activities, trust me: Cheyenne isn’t all horses and cowboys. There's a growing music scene, great restaurants, and other cultural activities that people don't expect from such a western town. One place that you're going to see that on display vivid and bright is the many life-sized murals scattered around the city center areas.
As you're downtown strolling around looking at all these great murals, stop off and get a cold beverage at one of the local breweries or distilleries. There’s plenty to do for all ages, whether you're eating, drinking, touring around checking out the murals, or are in town for the rodeo. next year.
Experienced Wyoming Living In Cheyenne
I hope this gave you a great glimpse into why people choose to live in Cheyenne, Wyoming. We're not just a bunch of cowboys and ranchers on horses. We have plenty of cultural activities and things to do. So whether you're a city slicker that wants to go downtown to check out the murals and the breweries or you want to enjoy outdoor activities like rock climbing and skiing, you can find all of that here.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me and I’d be happy to connect with you. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel so you never miss an episode of Why Not, my show all about living in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Stay tuned to see what I feature next!