Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Why Move to Cheyenne?

First, welcome to my new blog!  I'm excited to start blogging and sharing my real estate knowledge, my love of Wyoming, and maybe even a joke or two along the way!  

When people think about moving to a new place, Wyoming is often not high on the list of places they consider!  Even so, Wyoming, and Cheyenne in particular, has been steadily growing, and there's no reason to think that trend won't continue.  Some of that is of course due to F. E. Warren Air Force Base, located just off I-25, but much of the growth isn't because of incoming Airmen. So what's all the fuss about?

My wife Stephanie and I are proud to call Cheyenne home—even though some locals teasingly refer to the wind as “population control”!  If you are considering relocating, whether for economic opportunity, retirement, or just a change of scenery, I’d love to share with you why I think Cheyenne should be at the top of your list!

A great economy: Compared to the national average, Cheyenne has a lower unemployment rate (3.4% vs. 6.3%) and lower income taxes (0% vs. 4.72%).  We also have higher recent job growth (3.24% vs. 1.18%), higher projected future job growth (43.1% vs. 36.1%), higher income per capita, and higher median family income. (Information taken from Sperling’s Best Places on 12/1/2014, http://bit.ly/1FPnjjZ) In November of this year, the website beyond.com ranked Cheyenne as the #6 city in the nation to find a job, and Global Trade Magazine named Cheyenne as one of America’s Best Cities for Global Trade!  Even with all that going for us, Cheyenne’s cost of living is 4.1% lower than the national average (Forbes Magazine).  So basically, the statistics tell us that Cheyenne residents make more money, pay less taxes, have increased job access, and spend less to live here—sounds pretty great to me!

Great education options: Cheyenne residents are served by 27 elementary schools, 3 junior high/middle schools, and 4 high schools; the district also boasts a teacher:student ratio of 1:13.3, one of the lowest in the nation.  We are also very homeschool-friendly!  

There’s no shortage of secondary education options, either—Cheyenne is within 50 miles of one community college, one technical college, and three 4-year universities (also offering post-secondary programs), including the University of Wyoming.  UW offers not only a quality education, but one of the lowest in-state tuitions in the country!

A great community: Cheyenne’s spirit of community shows year-round—from the 2,000+ residents who volunteer their time during Frontier Days, to the annual Christmas Parade sponsored by our wonderful local business community, you’ll feel the sense of community pride and involvement as soon as you arrive.  In fact, Cheyenne was voted the “most polite city” by executives across the country!  And it doesn’t stop with the residents; our local government invests in infrastructure and development projects such as parks, recreation, and employee training.  Cheyenne is a prime example of community pride and involvement, all the way through!

Those are just a few of the things that make Cheyenne an amazing place to live and work. If you’re a Cheyenne resident, weigh in on the comments with your favorite thing about Cheyenne!

If you’re moving, or considering a move, to Cheyenne, send me your questions!  I would love to help you get to know the area.  You can also follow us on Facebook to see great new listings and open houses each week.

Until next time!


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