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Hi all you Wyoming mamas! Well, at least the few I have seen on MDC <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I am wondering if some of you can point me to a good town. We are *thinking* about relocating our business to WY- for a few reasons, but mostly WY is ranked number one in the nation to own a company- because of low/no taxes. And currently we have our company in MI that is ranked the #1 for the worst state to have a business- <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Not to mention that MI economy sucks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/moon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="moon">: And also because we love open beauty.<br><br>
So, we have been searching on the internet and I am now asking here to the mamas that live there. Give me some good towns- major or hole in the wall hidden away treasures- We need high speed internet, snow would be nice and also we must be in a green part- we do not like the dry brown look- must have trees. We were thinking by Yellowstone- but there is a lot of the state so help would be wonderful. Also, and ideas on finding housing? Every place we have ever moved we have had family base- so we are at a loss on how to find housing.
 

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i live about 110 miles from, the east entrance of Yellowstone.... not always super green here, but I bet you would like Cody. (notice the caps? oh yeah, no more nak <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> ). Cody stays pretty darn green and it's only about 20 miles outside the east entrance to Yellowstone. I'm trying to remember what the population sign there says, but I'm guessing it's around 9,000? No clue really, I could be way off <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
It's a nice smallish town, but it has a rockin' downtown (well, for Wyoming <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> ) especially in the summer. It's quite touristy in the summer (with Yellowstone and all), but gosh, being on the cusp of Yellowstone is beautiful!<br><br>
Sheridan is also beautiful. It's also on the smallish side (not that much in Wyo. isn't!), but it's nestled against the base of the mountains and is beautiful. It's getting quite pricey to live there (by WY standards) and there isn't much in the way of housing. It's in the middle of a boom of sorts, so that's always something to consider as well.<br><br>
I much prefer the northern part of the state to the southern part. I think it's greener up here in general..... but the summers can be extremely hot and the winters get extremely cold. I feel that Wyo really offers all extremes!!!<br><br>
I could talk on and on about Wyo, but I need to go pick up dh from work.....
 

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Sheridan's got awesome internet speed (multiple providers) with low costs .... It looks like Ireland in the spring although (like all of WY) it does brown up by the end of July (well some of the state browns quite a bit earlier than we do).<br><br>
The problem with Sheridan is that it's cost of living is astronomical - homes here are seriously overpriced (IMO anyway). The local group which is working to build affordable housing, prices "low income" housing at $180,000. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I don't know how families with two teachers or nurses or etc. can afford housing here at all .... So that's the big downer about Sheridan.<br><br>
Otherwise it's a great community - a local community college, good hospital, relatively good downtown. The schools are supposed to be good. The mountains, etc. are great.<br><br>
If you decide on Sheridan, let me know!
 

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elanorh -- so you're over in Sheridan? I've seen you post before (noticed you were in Wyo <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> ).... I'm just on the other side of the mountain with a little drive...
 

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It's nice to see a few of us WY moms here at MDC. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> There are several towns which could be yours, given distances in WY. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I'm sure I've been through your town though! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> If I were an original Wyomingite, I'd probably be able to figure out your location more easily ... I was a fifth generation Montanan 'til I married dh.
 

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I live in a beatiful little valley about a hour south of Jackson! It's beautiful and I love it here. Look up Star Valley, WY!
 

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I'm pretty new to Wyoming (just a couple of months). We're about 10 miles outside of Pinedale. Star Valley must be near! Know of any mountain streams or springs nearby?<br><br>
edit: Okay, I see on the map that Star Valley is just 35 miles from Jackson -- and we're more like 80 miles away, and probably further east as well. Oh well. I sure would like to find a likeminded friend around here, but I know that will come in time... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I'm a single mom of one -- started a homeschooling group in Austin, Texas (thanks to the inspiration of Mothering Magazine!) back in 1989 that is still going strong. My son homeschooled mostly until age 11 and then went back into the public schools, and now is in college.<br><br>
Though I don't have a child at home anymore I will always have a VERY warm place in my heart for Mothering magazine, which was there with me as I was caring for my son as a baby and toddler especially. It was truly a BRIGHT and POSITIVE star in our lives.<br><br>
My son and I have a wonderful relationship and I almost never yelled at him and gave him 20 times more freedom than most parents do -- yet gave him guidance and nurturing. And it has all been just beautiful. Being a Mother has been the most gratifying thing I have ever done/been. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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P.S. In keeping with the thread I should say a few words about Pinedale and the area. Well, it's really lovely but not very green and not many trees (at least not yet). It used to be a population of only 1420 (last time they made a sign for the highway saying the population) but I think it's closer to 2000 now and the cost of living here is pretty outrageous due to the oil field boom here. Even staying at a motel here is very expensive and it's hard to get a room because the oil field workers are staying in motel rooms. The cost of housing is just ridiculous (IMHO). I'm living with family here; could not afford to move here on my own. It is my first time living in Wyoming and I do love the state and am thinking that it might be nice, once I move out on my lonesome again, to stay in Wyoming -- but in a less expensive area. I think it would be fun to live not too far from Jackson -- say within a 100 miles. (JAs far as I can tell, Jackson, also called Jackson Hole, is probably one of the most expensive places in the country to live.)<br><br>
I haven't been there yet, but I hear housing costs, etc. are reasonable in Lander.
 

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Cody is a great town! And I have never been to Sheridan, but I hear it is nice too. I lived in Jackson for a year and it is beautiful but so expensive!<br><br>
Now, I live in Laramie which is in the southern (and unfortunately browner <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: ) part of the state.<br>
Laramie Pros:<br>
-University town- so there's some cultural events (lectures, plays, concerts, museums, etc.) to be had.<br>
-We are only 2 hours from Denver if you are jonesin' for some Big City Entertainment and/or shopping. And Fort Collins, CO is only an hour away (they have some shopping/restaurants/etc. as well).<br>
-Small, yet reasonably diverse population (The University tends to attract many different kinds of people, which is lovely)<br>
- Very close to the Snowy Range mountain area (30 min. away) - great if you are into outdoor recreation: our faves are snowshoeing in the winter and camping/hiking in the summer.<br><br>
Cons:<br>
-Weather: the summers are wonderful, but winter pretty much bites...and it is a loooooong winter! Lots of wind, too, unfortunately.<br>
-Not many decent restaurants: we end up frequenting the same 2 or 3 over and over<br>
-Not many options for Organic/Natural food shopping: we have 2 grocery stores (major chains) and the only natural foods store just went out of business. I hear they are starting a Food Co-op though...<br><br>
Wyoming is a great and gorgeous state. Good luck with your move!!
 

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Laramie *can* be great <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I went to the university for a year (my brother was there for five ... and my sister is there now!) but yeah, winters are V-E-R-Y L-O-N-G! Though right now the entire STATE is pretty much getting an extra helping and then some of the winter weather!
 
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