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Unread 04-17-2007, 12:59 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, OR
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Question Thinking about moving to Casper

Hi! I am trying to find out all of the pros and cons of Casper. My husband is adamant that we find out ALL the information before we move. I am a little impetuous, I suppose. Does anyone know what kind of jobs are available. I work in a casino right now, but am willing to do just about anything. My husband works in a lumber mill, but from what I do know, there aren't any in WY. I used to live in Alaska so winters are nothing new. What kind of recreation is there? Any other info would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Unread 04-17-2007, 10:57 AM
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Default Casper

Contact the Casper Chamber of Commerce. They will send you a relocation packet that is full of great info about Casper and the surrounding area.
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Unread 04-20-2007, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
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Before you go to Casper, If you go, you'd better check out the living options, first. There is plenty of work in the area, fueled largely by the methane boom in the region. However, there is virtually no place to live. Casper has its good points and its bad points. There are plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities there. They get blizzards, but so does most of Wyoming. There are some entertainment venues, not much but something.
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Unread 04-20-2007, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Green River, WY
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Default Casper

I have a lot of Wyoming pride, but Casper is one place I have never enjoyed. Possibly the largest community in the state, the wind never ceases to blow, but your real concern is not the weather, is it?

Meg hits on the real story of Casper: lots of jobs, but virtually no where to live. Many of the jobs are labor positions in the oil and gas industry. Because these jobs pay so well, local hotels, restaurants, retail stores, gas stations are always hiring. Few places to buy and the nicer places are over $200,000. (This seems to be the trend in the state.)

Occasionally a decent rental comes up. Many are in the not-so-great parts of town. Meth is the drug of choice and a real problem. Some like to call Casper the methamphetamine capital of Wyoming. The problem may be worse in Casper simply because it has a larger population than other Wyoming communities. Cheyenne, Rock Springs, and Gillette also have their share of meth problems. The city is in the process of getting a residential treatment center to help with the problem.

Your recreation opportunities are endless. Hunting, fishing, camping are all a short drive outside of Casper. This is the one plus I'll give the city. It is in a nice central location for outdoor activities. Someone from Casper may be able to give you specifics.

Casper is not in a central location for accessing a major city: 278 miles to Denver, 281 to Billings, 413 to Salt Lake City. Almost always an overnight trip unless you enjoy being on the road for 8 hours. For some, this is why they live in Casper. The distance away from the madness of the cities, the great outdoors, and the wonderful kit flying thanks to the endless breeze.

To learn more about Casper check out the local newspaper, the Casper Star Tribune. It is online and should give you a nice overview of what it is like to live in Casper.
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Unread 04-21-2007, 01:53 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, OR
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Default Thanks!

Well, I checked out everyone's advice and am sad to say that you're right. Are there any small towns around the Casper area that you could recommend? I am trying to be close to Casper, but I don't have to be in it. I live in Southern Oregon and am trying to get away from the meth problem here. Another reason is that if it isn't raining it's grey. I need a little sunshine with a some snow mixed in. I don't mind being in a tiny town either. I spent part of my life on a logging camp in southeast Alaska. Basically I am open to pretty much anything. Thanks again for the help!
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Unread 04-21-2007, 07:54 AM
 
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Have you thought about Cheyenne? I lived there for three wonderful years, loved it! Never cared for Casper personally, just my opinion. What takes you there?
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Unread 04-21-2007, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Torrington
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Glenrock is a quiet little town of about 2000 that is just off I-25, within commuting distance of Casper. I have relatives there and have always enjoyed my visits.
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Unread 04-22-2007, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, OR
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Actually, lilypad, I'm moving out there to be closer to my sister. She lives in Casper and heard about the job opportunities there.

Sixofone, do you know about the housing situation in Glenrock? I live in a town right now of a little over 4000, but my opinion is the smaller, the better.
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Unread 04-22-2007, 01:47 PM
 
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there is a lumber mill in hulett,a couple hours north east of casper in the black hills.its a nice real small town in a beautiful area.not much work there other than the lumbermill.some people do commute to gillette from there to work though
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Unread 04-22-2007, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Torrington
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There's a new golf course on the edge of town, and it is sprouting some real high-end homes. I don't know how (or if) these new homes have impacted the cost of "normal" houses or the rental prices. Also, since most folks in town work in Casper the housing shortage there may have spread to Glenrock. The only other major employer appears to be the power plant on the west side of town; the one guy I met who worked there seemed real happy with his job..

try this link

http://www.city-data.com/city/Casper-Wyoming.html Moderator cut: switched competitor's link

to get some general info on the community.
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