Wyoming’s Cost of Living, ‘Fewer Restrictions’ Factors in its Population Growth, Business Groups Say | national news

(The Center Square) – Wyoming’s cost of living and regulatory climate are some of the factors behind why the state has seen its population grow faster than the national average, according to business and government groups. state industries.

According to recent data from the US Census Bureau, the state saw its population increase by more than 1,500 people from July 2020 to July 2021, an increase of 0.3% compared to the national increase of 0.1%. , according to the Casper Star-Tribune reported.

Historically, Wyoming has rebounded faster from economic downturns than other states, Tony Gagliardi, state director of the National Federal of Independent Business, told The Center Square.

One of the reasons people love living in the Cowboy State is because of the scenic beauty, he said.

“Wyoming has some of the lushest forests,” Gagliardi said. “It’s a pretty spectacular state through and through. If people spend time traveling around Wyoming, you’ll see parts of the state that are just spectacular. You look like fresh and large spaces.”

Winters can be cold, but Wyoming also has a good business climate, he noted.

“It’s a very small-business-friendly state,” Gagliardi said. “It’s true for regulatory, tax, environmental regulations. You don’t have the will of the legislator to regularly interfere in the relationship between employer and employee. It’s a good place to live, a good place for small businesses.”

His opinion is shared by Brett Moline, director of public and government affairs for the Wyoming Farm Bureau.

“I think the big thing is people are moving here to get away from things, and a little less restriction,” Moline told The Center Square. “We have some restrictions, but they’re nothing compared to what other states have. The cost of living here is usually a bit lower.”