From its high plains to its mountain ranges, Wyoming is a place where beauty is abundant, and privacy ample. The canyons, grasslands, and lakes all speak to the state’s preservation of the natural world. The many National parks, trails, historic sites, and monuments, draw people of all backgrounds longing to discover the distinct features of the land.
Sometimes called “Equality State,” the name Wyoming was originally adopted from the Native American word “MECHEWEAMI-ING,” which means “at the big plains” or “on the great plain.” Located on the Rocky Mountain section of the western United States, Wyoming is the 10th largest state by its geographical area of 97,814 square miles (253,348 square kilometers).
It is also one of the only three states entirely bounded by straight lines.
The population of Wyoming is approximately 568,158 people and the economy is quite different from the other states. The main components to the economy are tourism and mineral extraction. The Federal government owns about 50% of the lands and only 6% are under state controls. Wyoming is also home to Yellowstone National Park, which receives 3 million visitors every year. Other major tourist destinations include Grand Teton National Park, Devils Tower National Monument, Independence Rock and Fossil Butte National Monument. Wyoming is the “most tax friendly” state in the United States, according to the 2008 Bloomberg Wealth Manager. There is no state income tax, corporate tax, estate tax, capital gains tax or trust tax. In addition, sales tax, property tax and inheritance tax are among the lowest in America.
Wyoming’s Jackson Hole is one of the world’s most unique places with stunning natural beauty, diverse ecosystems, and abundant wildlife. It has been designated by the U.N. and the U.S. Department of Interior as a “World Heritage Site” because of its value and importance to the planet. It features protected acres of unspoiled mountain ranges, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, National Parks, National Forests, glacial lakes, and wild rivers such as Snake River. It is the gateway community to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park. As a diverse natural setting it is home to many species of wildlife including elk, moose, deer, bison, big horn sheep, mountain goats, otters and bald eagles. Furthermore, Jackson Hole is a premier destination for all seasons and renowned for its countless cultural and recreational opportunities including: downhill and cross country skiing, world-class fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, horseback riding, big game hunting, snowmobiling, hot air ballooning, white water and scenic rafting, boating, and golfing on 5 championship golf courses. Jackson Hole has the “charm” of a small mountain village while still offering the amenities and cultural opportunities of large cities. It is a cultural center of the West with the noted Grand Teton Music Festival, two international film festivals, over 30 fine-art galleries, an annual Fall Arts Festival, a brand new performing arts center, the National Museum of Wildlife Art and, of course, fine dining and great shopping. The luxury home market also thrives in Jackson Hole because of its commitment of retaining the character, lifestyle and natural resources of the area. Communities attract residents from all over the world.
The amazing aspects of preservation and nature, make Wyoming well worth exploring. This state offers endless possibilities for recreation and leisure.