Laramie is located in southeast Wyoming about 50 miles west of Cheyenne and is the county seat of Albany County. The population is 31,000, which has grown more than 16% since 2000. The population density is nearly 1800 people per square mile, vs. Wyoming's average density of less than 6 per square mile. The median age of residents is 25 years and the average family size is three.
The median household income is $38,450, growing more than 40% since 2000, while the per capita income is $22,097. The median house value is $193,000 and has grown 66% since 2000. The median build year for a house is 1975.
On average, the Albany County School District 1 public school district that services Laramie is better than the state average in quality. The average Laramie education level is higher than the state average and also higher than the national average.
Of the people 25 years and older, more than 80% have some college. Of the 11,000 Laramie residents enrolled in college and graduate school, 95% now attend public colleges like the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Technical institute and the Laramie County community college.
The average Laramie resident spends about 11 minutes per day commuting to work, which is lower than the state average of 17 minutes and lower than the national average of 26 minutes.
The Laramie crime rate is lower than the Wyoming average crime rate and also lower than the national average crime rate.
Laramie was founded in the mid 1860s as a tent city along the line of the Pacific Railroad, which crosses the Laramie River here. Laramie originally suffered lawlessness but law was established by a "vigilance committee" that lynched offenders. There are 21 sites in Laramie that are on the national register of historic places (NRHP).
The city draws outdoor enthusiasts and was named one of the best cities in which to retire due to scenic locations, low taxes and educational opportunities. The average annual snowfall in Laramie is 58 inches, double the U.S. rate of 23 inches. The average annual precipitation in Laramie is 12 inches, about 1/3 of the U.S. rate of 39 inches. Popular activities include snowmobiling, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, camping and wild life viewing.