FAVORABLE TAX CLIMATE
Wyoming Taxes (or lack thereof)
NO Income Tax, NO Corporate Tax, NO Inventory Tax, LOW Property Taxes and a LOW Sales Tax. All real property has a 9.5% assessment ratio except industrial property which is 11.5%. A typical mill levy is 80 mills. How does this relate to property taxes?
Take fair market value times assessment ratio times mill levy to determine taxes. Here is a sample: A $250,000 non-industrial property times 9.5% = assessed value of $23,750 times mill levy of 80 mills (.080) = annual ad valorem tax of $1,900.00.
QUALITY OF LIFE
In a nutshell, drive by shootings in Wyoming are a problem for deer, and are not related to injuries to people. Violent crime does not dominate the newspapers.
Two of Wyoming's counties are Strategic Metropolitan Areas (SMAs). Laramie County with the State Capital of Cheyenne, and Natrona County with the City of Casper.
Wyoming consists of 97,914 square miles or 62,664,941 acres. (For comparison purposes the States of Maine , New Hampshire , Vermont , Massachusetts , Rhode Island , and Connecticut  total 66,507 square miles or 42,564,480 acres.) Only 26,681,322 acres in Wyoming are in the private sector resulting in governmental entities owning 57% of the land in Wyoming.
The educational climate in Wyoming includes the University of Wyoming in Laramie with one of the lowest tuition rates in the nation. There are eight 2 year colleges with several having undergraduate degree programs in cooperation with the University of Wyoming or from other universities.
The arts are active with community and college theaters, symphonies and chorales. History comes alive with forts and museum like the renowned Buffalo Bill Historic Center in Cody, the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper and the State Museum in Cheyenne. The new National Historic Trails Museum is open in Casper and drawing crowds with the interactive programs.
No where is there more visible and accessible wildlife. Whether you use a camera, rod and reel, bow or firearms, the challenges are tremendous and the rewards abundant. Wyoming's State and National Parks are numerous and highlighted by the world famous Yellowstone National Park and the Tetons.
You can catch the wily fish of your choice in the numerous rivers, streams, lakes or reservoirs around the state. Familiar names like the Snake, Yellowstone, Shoshone, Green, and Platte Rivers are complemented by "the miracle mile", the Clarks Fork, and an untold number of confidential locations.
Antelope, deer (white tail and mulies), elk, moose, mountain sheep, pheasant, wild turkey and other game birds are abundantly available to those so inclined.
Bird watching for the enthusiasts is wonderful, watching the Hummingbirds that summer on the mountain, and then watch the action when the Rufus hummingbirds pass through in late summer and fall.
Alpine and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and otherwise exploring the "winter wonderland" are favorite winter avocations of many Wyomingites. An example is the lighted and groomed cross country ski trails on Casper Mountain, a twenty minute drive from downtown Casper. Summer sees many people taking pack trips with their horses, hiking, or backpacking in the mountains and fly fishing the high mountain meadows.
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