Wheatland is a bustling, vibrant community made up of thriving businesses and good-hearted folks. With a population of only 3,659 — crime and traffic are relatively low — there’s still plenty of fun to be had by all! From our lively and historic downtown district to our numerous community festivals, here are 3 reasons you’ll love living in Wheatland, Wyoming!
The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Wheatland. Home to 251 businesses, the unemployment rate in Wheatland is roughly 5% below the national average. The largest privately-owned water companies in the United States were established in Wheatland, and presently, still employ many of our residents. Along with the waterwork careers that fuel Wheatland’s economy, the Laramie River Station coal-fired power plant is also a major employer. If the manufacture and supply of premium building materials is the way you make a living, Western Building Supply is currently hiring.
If a home on the range is what you crave, then Wheatland is where you should live. Quiet and peaceful, with gorgeous mountain views, you can get a lot of house (and land) with an affordable price tag in Wheatland. The median home value is $192,500 and is estimated to increase by 4.2% over the next year. Plus, compared to national averages, Wheatland’s cost of living remains rather low:
|Cost of Living||Wheatland||USA|
|Median Home Cost||$192.500||$231.200|
When it comes to your kiddos, Platte County offers two above-average school districts (ranked statewide and nationally,) and tends to graduate students who are well prepared for college life and the world of work.
Additionally, Wheatland is home to:
- Platte County Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home
- Police Department – Chief and 7 officers
- Fire Department – 27 volunteers
- Mayor and City Council:
- Planning commission
- Building codes
- Business licensing
- Zoning regulations
- Community industrial planning
Regarding recreation of the outdoor variety, no place compares to Wheatland! Our vast waterways and wide-open space provide ample opportunities to commune with nature. Hunting and fishing are all the rage around these parts as are hiking, boating, and rock climbing. The Grayrocks Reservoir and Laramie Peak are only a short drive away, while the town of Wheatland offers:
- Tennis courts
- Basketball courts
- Swimming pool
- Nine-hole public golf course
- Four city parks with free camping areas
- Skate park
- Two little league fields
- Two softball fields
- One legion field
- Bandshell and stage
If you prefer to play indoors, Wheatland still has you covered! Church, civic activities, and volunteering are all part of life in Wheatland as are visiting the Laramie Peak Museum. We also have a well-stocked library, movie theater, and bowling alley.
One thing Wheatland really enjoys is coming together as a community, so we offer numerous festivities throughout the year:
- The Platte County Fair & Rodeo
- Art and Craft Shows
- Wheatland Fireworks
- Christmas Lighting Ceremony
- High-school athletics events
- University of Wyoming football and basketball games (about an hour away)
We love the western way of life that still rings loud and proud in Wheatland, and we think you will too! If you’re interested in living and working in our wonderful part of Wyoming, we encourage you to contact WBS about our open career opportunities.