Rental Housing In Wyoming

Wyoming Rental Overview

The population of Wyoming, according to the 2010 Census, is 563,626. The total number of households in the state is 226,879. The average household size for Wyoming is 2.39. The total number of renter households in the state is 69,802 which means that 30.77% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, Wyoming is ranked 37th in percentage of renters. District Of Columbia is ranked first with 57.99% and West Virginia ranks last with only 26.55%.

According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the median rent paid among all renter households and housing types and sizes in Wyoming is $741 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, Wyoming ranks 34th for the highest median rent. Hawaii ranks first at $1,353 and West Virginia ranks last at $606. Though rents are set more locally, statewide median rents provide a basic outlook of housing costs for each state.

The number of vacant rental units in Wyoming is 5,942 representing a vacancy rate of 7.8%. Among all U.S. states, Wyoming ranks 34th for the lowest vacancy rates. New York ranks first with a vacancy rate of 4.5% and South Carolina ranks last with a vacancy rate of 12.9%. As lower vacancy rates are an indication of a healthier rental housing portfolio, Wyoming’s rental housing portfolio is performing below the National average.

ProgramProjectsUnits
Project Based Section 8 56 2,130
Section 202 21 580
Section 811 7 62
Section 515 52 1,475
RDRA 46 1,180
LIHTC 79 3,594
Senior 45 1,374
Public Housing 4 258
Section 8 Voucher 8 2,499
Total 174 6,751
Note: The total does not necessarily equal the sum of each program as some properties may participate in multiple funding programs.

‡This program is not project based, instead Housing Authorities provide vouchers to individual renters. In the state of Wyoming there are 8 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Wyoming is 38.80. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is Casper at 1,045 units and the smallest is Edgerton at 4 unit(s). 45 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 1,374 units. Of the 6,751 units, 3,952 units include some form of rental assistance (like Section 8) to make rent more affordable for very low income families.

Affordable Housing by Counties in Wyoming ranked by federally assisted units

There are 22 counties or county equivalents in Wyoming. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is Laramie County at 91,738 and the smallest is Niobrara County at 2,484. The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is Albany County at 50.07% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Crook County at 20.68%.

The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in Wyoming ranges from a low of 19.9 units per 1,000 renter households in Crook County to a high of 240.1 units per 1,000 renter households in Laramie County. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in Wyoming is 107.3 units per 1,000 renter households.

The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in Wyoming. All major affordable housing programs are provided on a county by county basis. Click on the name of the county to see a more in depth summary of affordable housing in that county.

CountyTotal Units
Natrona County 1,120
Laramie County 1,054
Campbell County 749
Sheridan County 702
Sweetwater County 462
Fremont County 453
Converse County 327
Park County 294
Albany County 275
Carbon County 238
Uinta County 223
Teton County 203
Goshen County 173
Big Horn County 104
Washakie County 97
Hot Springs County 61
Platte County 58
Lincoln County 52
Niobrara County 40
Johnson County 30
Weston County 24
Crook County 12

Affordable Housing by City in Wyoming ranked by federally assisted units

We are tracking 37 cities in Wyoming that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 59,466, Cheyenne has the largest population of these cities. There are 18 Federally assisted housing communities in Cheyenne which are home to about 922 families, most of which are lower income families.

The table below provides a summary of all Federally assisted housing communities by city in Wyoming. All the major affordable housing funding program breakdowns are provided. Click on the city name to get a full affordable rental housing report for each city in Wyoming.

CityTotal Units
Casper 1,045
Cheyenne 922
Gillette 749
Sheridan 660
Riverton 360
Laramie 275
Green River 244
Rawlins 238
Evanston 223
Douglas 220
Rock Springs 218
Jackson 203
Cody 174
Torrington 173
Powell 120
Cheyanne 112
Glenrock 107
Worland 97
Lander 87
Mills 71
Thermopolis 61
Lovell 51
Wheatland 46
Lusk 40
Kemmerer 36
Greybull 31
Buffalo 30
Ranchester 30
Newcastle 24
Basin 22
Pine Buffs 20
Afton 16
Dayton 12
Sundance 12
Guernsey 12
Dubois 6
Edgerton 4

Housing Authorities in Wyoming ranked by assisted units and vouchers

Housing authorities are governmental (or quasi-governmental) entities that manage various Federal housing assistance programs on behalf of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These programs include Public Housing, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and other programs.

There are 8 housing authorities in Wyoming. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 8 housing authorities, 50% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.

The largest housing authority in Wyoming by total housing assistance units managed is Housing Authority of the City of Cheyenne with 2,178 public housing units under management (341 public housing units and 1,837 Section 8 vouchers).

The table below provides a list of housing authorities in Wyoming and includes each housing authorities public housing and Section 8 voucher count. Click on the housing authority name to get more details on the housing authority.

NamePublic Housing UnitsSection 8 Vouchers
Housing Authority of the City of Cheyenne 341 1,837
Housing Authority of the City of Casper 75 524
Evanston Housing Authority 80 86
Rock Springs Housing Authority 100 52
Housing Authority of the Town of Douglas 48 -
Housing Authority of the City of Buffalo 30 -
Lusk Housing Authority 20 -
Hanna Housing Authority 20 -

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, Wyoming has a total of 174 rental properties that receive at least one form of Federal housing assistance and are at least partially reserved for low income persons. These properties contain an estimated 6,751 rental housing units. (Note: Some of the Federal source data we use does not include total unit count for a property -- most notably the LIHTC database -- so the number of units listed here may be less than the actual.)

The Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program is the largest assistance program by unit count. The program assists 3,594 in Wyoming. The charts below lay out how each Federal program impact affordable housing in Wyoming.

Federal Programs By Unit Count Hover over a bar to view

563,626

Population

2.39

Average Household Size

157,487

Total Renters

69,802

Renter Households

$741

Median Rent

$586,778,400/year

Gross Rent Paid By All Renters

5,942

Vacant Units For Rent

7.8%

Vacancy Rate

6,751

Federally Assisted Units

174

Federally Assisted Projects

79/3,594

Tax Credit Projects/Units

56/2,130

Project Based Section 8 Projects/Units

52/1,475

Section 515 Projects/Units

21/580

Section 202 Projects/Units

7/62

Section 811 Projects/Units

46/1,180

RD Rental Assisted Projects/Units

45/1,374

Senior Projects/Units

3,952

Units with Project Based Rent Subsidy

38.8

Average Units Per Property