Casper

Population: 59,397Median home value: $189,400 72 Ranks better than 72% of areas

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A+ Casper Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Casper Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% lower than Wyoming
Casper
100same as the US average
Wyoming
1011% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Casper cost of living
B Casper Crime Total crime is 46% higher than Wyoming
Total crime
3,02810% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3410% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
6%Year over year crime is up
Casper crime
C Casper Employment Household income is 2% lower than Wyoming
Median household income
$57,9645% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$30,9854% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%32% lower than the US average
Casper employment
F Casper Housing Home value is 5% lower than Wyoming
Median home value
$189,4003% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$83712% lower than the US average
Home ownership
63%2% lower than the US average
Casper real estate or Casper rentals
D+ Casper Schools HS graduation rate is 1% lower than Wyoming
High school grad. rates
87%5% higher than the US average
School test scores
46%7% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:17% lower than the US average
Casper K-12 schools or Casper colleges

Living in Casper, WY

Casper, Wyoming is a moderately-sized city with a population of 59,397 people. The majority of Casper residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Casper might be a good fit as 73% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 60% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Casper, Wyoming could be a great experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. Finding the best places to live in Casper and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes crime, cost of living, employment, housing and other important metrics.

The livability score in Casper is 72/100 and the city is ranked in the 72nd percentile of all cities across America. For each of the livability categories, we see that Casper ranks very well for amenities (A+) and crime (B). Casper does not score well for the following: weather (D-) and housing (F). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Casper, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Casper: National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Fort Caspar Museum and Historic Site, and Casper Planetarium.

Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 152 crimes per 100,000 residents, Casper has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Casper is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Casper come in at $189,400, which is 5.3% lower than the Wyoming average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Casper, the home price to income ratio is 3.3, which is 2.9% lower than the Wyoming average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Casper area were 3.9% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 3.3%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare Casper, WY Livability To Other Cities

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Unless you're single, avoid Casper!

Attractions2/10
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Nightlife4/10
Dining4/10
Shopping8/10
Personally, if I ever get free of Casper, I will never come back! As a 15 yr resident, I wouldn't recommend Casper, especially for families. While there are many different education opportunities, the school system is so large, that children, especially those who are struggling, tend to fall through the cracks. Job opportunities do abound, in every level, from entry to CEO. There are a number of museums, and art galleries, many parks and recreational areas. Unfortunately, most activities are geared toward younger people. If you're older, or have very young children, there is not a lot available, for you. A big plus, for everyone, would be the river walk and its connection to Morad Park, the local dog park. The weather, especially when you consider high wind, leaves a LOT to be desired. Housing costs are astronomical, as is the cost of living. But, by far, the biggest negative to living in Casper, is the crime, and the corruption of the local police departments. As the wife of a retired LEO, I am very familiar with what happens, in the shadow areas, of Casper. If I had it to do over, I would never have moved here...and the first opportunity I get to leave Casper, you can bet I will take it! Casper is the one black mark, against Wyoming. The rest of the state is absolutely awesome!
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Casper, Wyoming - Mountains, Meth & The Cowboy Mentality

Attractions7/10
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Dining6/10
Shopping4/10
My cousin has lived in Casper, Wyoming for most of her adult life. Since we are very close I have visited many, many times and have a good feel for the area. I have a unique prospective, as I have access to the city as both a visitor and an insider. As a visitor, the first thing I will tell you is that the views are beautiful, at least from the perspective of an out-of-stater. While there are more spectacular mountains in other parts of Wyoming, Casper Mountain is quite scenic. The city was named after the old Fort Caspar, which is now a nearby tourist attraction. The town lives up to Wyoming's unofficial slogan, "Forever West", with bona fide cowboys and cattle ranches throughout town.

Talk candidly to any local and two things are likely to be mentioned: the wind and the meth situation. Casper is one windy city! While it's not quite as bad as nearby Cody, the wind is definitely worth mentioning as it blows over 40mph several times a week. Meth is quite a problem in Casper. While recently the Meth Watch Program and the Meth and Substance Abuse Conferences have helped somewhat to alleviate the situation, Casper is still considered the methamphetamine capital of Wyoming by some of its residents.

There is plenty of employment to be had in Casper. Education here is above average and the schools are excellent; Dick Cheney was a graduate of Natrona County High School which is located in Casper. Housing, however, is expensive and until recently was hard to come by. Like most of the country, the economy has changed that somewhat, but it's still not the easiest place to find affordable and acceptable housing. Overall, I enjoy visiting Casper and travel there as often as I can. I highly suggest grabbing breakfast at Eggington's Restaurant on East 2nd Street if you get the chance, as the food is stellar (the French Toast is addictive, it's the best I have eaten anywhere in the country).
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Source: The Casper, WY data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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