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Laramie, Wyoming

Introduction to Laramie, Wyoming

The Wyoming city of Laramie, often referred to as the "Gem City of the Plains", is the county seat of Albany County. It is located in the southeastern part of Wyoming on the Laramie River, approximately 45 miles northwest of the state capital of Cheyenne. First settled in 1868 and incorporated in 1874, the city is home to the University of Wyoming, the state’s only four-year institution, and also to Wyoming Technical Institute. Perched at an elevation of nearly 7,200 feet above sea level, Laramie is one of the highest-elevation incorporated cities in the US. Just east of the city is Interstate 80's highest point (8,640 feet above sea level) and west of Laramie is Medicine Bow Peak, which rises to 12,013 feet.

Laramie's early days typified a Wild West town, replete with rough and rowdy characters. Vigilante justice mitigated the problem somewhat and in 1872, the Wyoming Territorial Prison was built near Laramie. In later years, this prison housed many famous outlaws, including Butch Cassidy. The year 1870 was a significant one in Laramie's history, marking the first time in U.S. history that a woman voted in a general election after the Wyoming Territory passed the nation's first women's suffrage legislation. The year 1786 saw the opening of Wyoming University (today's University of Wyoming) in Laramie, an event which helped stabilize the city and influenced its growth and development for years to come. The university graduated its first class before the Wyoming territory became a state in 1890. Laramie today is an interesting mix of academia, Old West history, cattle ranches, and a scenic and beautiful mountain landscape.

Laramie Attractions

The Wyoming Territorial Prison is now a State Historic Site, open for tours. Restored in 1989, the penitentiary site sits on 190 acres and includes a dinner theater, a country church, and a frontier town with living history characters. Special events taking place there include Ghost Tours of Laramie City, the Butch Cassidy Chili Cook-off, and theater performances. Other Laramie attractions include the following:

  • Wyoming Children's Museum and Nature Center: Hands-on interactive exhibits and also a nature center, a discovery center, and youth classes in pottery and ceramics
  • University of Wyoming Geological Museum: Houses more than 50,000 rock, fossil, and mineral specimens
  • American Heritage Center: Extensive archive of rare books and manuscripts
  • Insect (Entomology) Museum: Largest insect collection in Wyoming, with over 200,000 insect specimens
  • University of Wyoming Art Museum
  • University of Wyoming Anthropology Museum
  • Laramie Plains Museum and Ivinson Mansion
  • Wyoming Infrared Observatory (at Jelm Mountain, 25 miles southwest of Laramie)
  • Ames Monument (located about 20 miles east of Laramie)

Popular sports in Wyoming are typical of the Western area and its natural resources. Rodeos are held throughout the state, featuring skills developed by ranch hands in herding cattle. One of the state's largest, held in nearby Cheyenne, is the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. Skiing and water activities are also big in the Laramie region. The Snowy Range ski resort is located only a short 23 miles away. Trout fishing and white water paddling can be found at nearby Laramie River, only 20 miles outside of the city.

There are no major league professional sports teams in Wyoming. Minor League Baseball can be found in Casper (about 145 miles north of Laramie) where the Casper Rockies reside. The Rockies play in the Pioneer League and are a rookie-league affiliate of Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies. Also in Casper is the Wyoming Cavalry, a team in the National Indoor Football League. Collegiate sports fans don't have to leave the confines of Laramie, where the University of Wyoming Cowboys compete in the Mountain West Conference. They Cowboys won collegiate football's Sun Bowl in 1956 and 1958, and they participated in its Holiday Bowl in 1987 and 1988.


Outdoor activities in Laramie include skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, mountain biking as well as hiking. Cross-country skiing trails are maintained in the area. The Snowy Range Ski Area is situated approximately 30 miles from Laramie city and provides opportunities for downhill skiing and snowboarding. The Laramie Range as well as the Snowy Range offer numerous trails for mountain biking. Visitors have the opportunity to see wildlife including elk, moose and pronghorn antelope.


Laramie was established in the 1860's and was actually a city of tents. Buildings such as churches, houses, stores and a school were constructed in the city soon after the first train arrived in Laramie in 1868. Wyoming was recognized as Wyoming Territory in 1869. The newly formed legislature granted political rights to women who resided in the territory. A woman resident of Laramie has the distinction of casting the first vote by a woman in the United States. She cast her vote in 1870. Industries at the time included rolling mills, brickyard, slaughterhouse, brewery, plaster mill, glass-blowing plant and railroad yards.


Laramie is served by the Laramie Regional Airport. Flights are offered on a daily basis to Denver. The airport offers service for commercial air flights as well as private planes. Greyhound has a bus depot located in the city.


Laramie is home to the University of Wyoming. The University is located on the high Laramie Plains at an elevation of approximately 7,200. The university is recognized as a national research university and is well known for its research activities in the areas of environment and natural resources. The University of Wyoming specializes in research in agriculture, water resources, energy and geology. The university is also recognized as a noteworthy location of performing arts events such as rock concerts, classical concerts and events featuring members of the theater and dance departments.

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High Points

Laramie strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Wyoming):

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Laramie Short Commute Times
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 2% trophy Laramie College Educated Adults
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Laramie Walking and Biking to Work
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 6% Laramie Racial Diversity
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Laramie Low Violent Crime
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Laramie Affordability of Property Taxes
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Laramie Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Laramie, Wyoming

Comparing Laramie to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Wyoming (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Racial Diversity 3 10
Well-Paid Single Men 3 5
Senior Citizens 2 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 3
Female Share of the Population 1 1
Age of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 2 1
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 10
Median Family Income 4 7
People in Middle Class or Better 2 2
People Above Poverty 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Working at Home 8 5
Public Transportation Use 3 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 1
Affordability of Rents 9 2
People Living Alone 9 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 2
Housing Recently Built 5 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 9
Low Property Crime 6 4

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Laramie Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 41 miles W of Cheyenne, Wyoming (center to center)
Nearest Large City 113 miles N of Denver, Colorado
County Albany
Standard Zip Codes 82051, 82063, 82070, 82072
P.O. Box Zip Codes 82071, 82073
Phone Area Codes 307
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.311
Longitude -105.59

Laramie Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station LARAMIE 2 NW
Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 33 F
Apr Temp 23 to 50 F
Jul Temp 46 to 79 F
Oct Temp 25 to 57 F
Annual Precip 11.1 inches
Distance 4 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 32 F
Apr Temp 24 to 50 F
Jul Temp 47 to 79 F
Oct Temp 28 to 56 F
Annual Precip 11.3 inches
Distance 36.6 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 33 F
Apr Temp 24 to 47 F
Jul Temp 45 to 74 F
Oct Temp 27 to 54 F
Annual Precip 15.1 inches
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Laramie Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 27,204 100%
Male 14,065 51.7%
Female 13,139 48.3%
Under 18 4,770 17.5%
18+ 22,434 82.5%
65+ 2,191 8.1%
Median Age 25.3
Average Family Size 2.83
White 24,704 90.8%
African-American 337 1.2%
Asian 522 1.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 241 0.9%
Other 787 2.9%
Mixed Race 597 2.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2,161 7.9%

Estimated Laramie Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 26,050
Growth -1,154
Growth % -4.2%

Laramie Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 23.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.4%
English 11.3%
Irish 10%
US/American 6%
Norwegian 4.4%
Swedish 3.2%
Italian 3.2%
French (except Basque) 2.7%
European 2.6%
Scotch-Irish 1.9%
Polish 1.8%
Scottish 1.8%
Danish 1.7%
Dutch 1.2%
Welsh 1%
Swiss 0.9%
Finnish 0.9%
British 0.7%
Czech 0.6%
French Canadian 0.5%
Scandinavian 0.5%
Russian 0.5%
Greek 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
Belgian 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.2%
African 0.2%
Serbian 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Laramie, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bosler (82051, 82070, 82072)
Foxpark (82070, 82072)
Jelm (82063, 82070, 82072)
Lookout (82051)
Mountain Home (82072)
University (82071)
Woods Landing (82063)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Laramie Public Libraries

Albany County Library System
Laramie, Wyoming
(307) 721-2580
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Laramie Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
255 N 30TH
(307) 742-2141
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Laramie

(As of 2005)
3112 E. Grand
554 N 3rd St
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Laramie High Schools (2004)

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1275 NORTH 11TH
Serves 768 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.2

P.O. BOX 520
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 42 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.7

A Non-traditional School
Serves 33 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.3

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