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.
|Project Based Section 8||56||2,130|
|Section 8 Voucher||8‡||2,499|
|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.
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.
|County||Sec 8||Sec 811||Sec 202||LIHTC||RD 515||Sr||Total Units|
|Big Horn County||-||-||-||-||104||56||104|
|Hot Springs County||60||-||-||-||24||24||61|
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.
|City||Sec 8||Sec 811||Sec 202||LIHTC||RD 515||Sr||Total Units|
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.
|Name||Public Housing Units||Section 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||-|
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.
Average Household Size
Gross Rent Paid By All Renters
Vacant Units For Rent
Federally Assisted Units
Federally Assisted Projects
Tax Credit Projects/Units
Project Based Section 8 Projects/Units
Section 515 Projects/Units
Section 202 Projects/Units
Section 811 Projects/Units
RD Rental Assisted Projects/Units
Units with Project Based Rent Subsidy
Average Units Per Property