Is Lander Wyoming a good place to live?


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Ben Cram · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2017 · Points: 0

Hey everybody,

I'm a fish biologist in Oregon, and may be taking a job in Lander soon.  The area looks pretty incredible.  

What's the town itself like (and of course the local climbing community)?  

I really appreciate any info!  Thanks!!

Ben

AmandaM · · Jackson, WY · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 10

i think it depends on what you're looking for. We spent four years there and liked it. The town is small and conservative (outside of the outdoor community). Housing is affordable although healthcare is lacking. There aren't that many great places to eat out, if you're into that type of thing, which we're not really. There are awesome and uncrowded places to hike/run/bike with your dog offleash 5-10 minutes from town. I personally found it kind of hard to meet people in the beginning when my husband was injured. However, this is probably because I worked a full time government job and was just trolling for partners at the gym. Since this was coupled with some mild social anxiety, I suspect my experience was not the norm.

Check it out! We'd probably still be there if we didn't have housing and family/friends in Jackson. :)

Jon Frisby · · Brooklyn, NY · Joined Feb 2013 · Points: 100

I spent two months there last summer. Local climbing community is very inviting. There are a number of people who come through seasonally, who are always looking for partners (my buddy is a travel nurse and he will be back in the next couple weeks for the summer). The Lander Bar/Elemental crew is pretty darn friendly and open to newcomers IMO. Can't speak very intelligibly to long-term resident issues but do know that the Lander and Riverton hospitals aren't equipped for everything. My friend says they ship a good number of people to Billings for bigger stuff. There seemed to be a pretty significant wealth gap. 

Ken Noyce · · Layton, UT · Joined Aug 2010 · Points: 2,067
Ben Cram wrote:

Hey everybody,

I'm a fish biologist in Oregon, and may be taking a job in Lander soon.  The area looks pretty incredible.  

What's the town itself like (and of course the local climbing community)?  

I really appreciate any info!  Thanks!!

Ben

Lander is pretty much my dream town, small town with amazing access to everything outdoors.  The people that I have met there have all been super friendly and the climbing community is small and friendly.  If I had any chance of getting a decent job in Lander I'd move there in a heartbeat!

jmmlol · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2016 · Points: 0

It's a 7000 person town in the middle of nowhere. That should tell you a lot.

AmandaM · · Jackson, WY · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 10
jmmlol wrote:

It's a 7000 person town in the middle of nowhere. That should tell you a lot.

Like what?

Luke Bertelsen · · Tucson, AZ · Joined Feb 2005 · Points: 2,761

I'm with Ken.  I'd be there is a heartbeat if possible.  Over the years we have spent months there climbing and enjoying the town of Lander.  I have always felt the people are a great balance of rancher meets climbing culture.

Good luck with your decision!

jmmlol · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2016 · Points: 0
AmandaM wrote:

Like what?

That there ain't a lot going on.

Simon W · · Nowhere Land · Joined May 2013 · Points: 50
Jon Frisby wrote:

 Can't speak very intelligibly to long-term resident issues but do know that the Lander and Riverton hospitals aren't equipped for everything. My friend says they ship a good number of people to Billings for bigger stuff. There seemed to be a pretty significant wealth gap. 

Casper, Billings, Denver, Salt Lake, and in rare circumstances Idaho Falls, and even Jackson.

Don't get seriously injured!

Emerson Takahashi · · Casper, WY · Joined Jun 2010 · Points: 1,671

As a long time resident of Casper, WY, I love Lander. Town is great and there's a tight knit groups of climbers(might seem a little "clique-ish at first) but are all friendly and inviting. There indeed isn't a whole lot going on in town, but if you're looking to spend the majority of your time climbing/backpacking/fishing/biking/anything outdoors, then it's a great place to be. And most importantly, the beer is FANTASTIC!

You will definitely have some of the best climbing in WY right in your backyard, and other areas are a short drive away(Ten Sleep, Wind Rivers, Fremont Canyon, Sweetwater...)

Best of luck!

Zach Buecker · · Rumney, NH · Joined Oct 2011 · Points: 105

Lived in Lander for a year. Would still be there but work is hard to come by depending on your career. Endless year round climbing and a friendly climbing community. The town has character and just enough going on to keep you busy when not at work or climbing. Id say the only negative for me was being far from large airports. Denver 6 hours, SLC 4.5 hours. Kinda makes it difficult and expensive to get anywhere. But If you love clipping bolts and climbing pocketed limestone then you wont wanna leave.

Ben Cram · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2017 · Points: 0

Thanks for all the great input guys!  

The closest town to me right now is about 1,000 people, so...  Lander seems like a nice upgrade.

So far it sounds like just what I'm after.  Im going for it.  Wish me luck! 

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