Wyoming is a state technically located in the Mountain West region of the United States. Though it ranks 10th in the U.S. in terms of total area, it ranks 50th in terms of total population (which sits at just 576,000 residents), and it also ranks 49th in terms of population density, making it one of the least-popular auto transport destinations in the U.S. today. Created as a territory in 1865, Wyoming was admitted as the 44th state in 1890. Wyoming’s economy has long been reliant on mining, agriculture and livestock, though over the 20th century and into the 21st the state’s economy has begun to shift to other economic sectors.
Wyoming, because of its sparse and scattered population, has few interstate routes running through it. I-25 runs north from the southern border and intersects I-80 in Cheyenne, which in turn passes through Casper and turns into I-90 near Buffalo. These interstates are the primary routes that auto transport carriers will travel when traversing through the state. Though Wyoming has many U.S. state routes running through it, many of these run through very rural areas and as such auto shippers don’t particularly travel on them often. Cheyenne is the most popular auto transport location in the state, with perhaps Casper or Evanston being a close second, though none of these cities are particularly popular in the grand scheme of things. Auto transport to or from Wyoming, for these reasons alone, is typically more expensive than many other parts of the country.
Climate can have a major impact on transport to or from Wyoming. During the summer months, at the lower elevations, temperatures tend to be much higher, hovering in the upper 80’s or lower 90’s most of the time. The geography of Wyoming is very diverse, however, with major changes in elevation throughout the state making transporting through it challenging at times. Snow is common at the higher elevations and can cause problems during transportation in the winter seasons, where even lower-elevation towns can see snowfall and brutally cold temperatures. Average highs during the winter months barely get above 40 degrees, with overnight lows often down into the teens or single digits.
Wyoming’s economy is relatively small when compared to other larger states. Throughout its history Wyoming’s economy has been based primarily on agriculture and mining, and though neither sector is as big as it once was they still play an important role in terms of generating revenue for Wyoming. Among agricultural crops, sugar, cattle (though it’s technically livestock), beets, grain and wool are the largest contributors. Mining is also important, with coal, natural gas, methane and crude oil being the main things mined for in the state. Among minerals, diamonds, uranium and trona are the leaders. Wyoming’s economy also has elements of tourism and some manufacturing, though little among the rural areas. The federal government owns 50% of the land in the state.
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