Living in Buffalo

Living in Johnson County

  • Median Home Value: $255,200 (National $193,500)
  • Median Rent: $886 (National $949)
  • Home Ownership: 72% (National 63.8%)
  • Median Household Income: $52,415 (National $57,652)
  • Per Capita Income: $32,732 (National $31,177)
  • County Population: 8,460 (2018)

Education

  • 91% high-school graduation rate! We are working to further increase this rate through our partnerships between the public schools and Sheridan College.
  • Buffalo High School is ranked #9, of 63, for Best College-Prep Schools in Wyoming!
  • 10:1 teacher-to-student ratio, with 317 total students!
  • High Average SAT® Score of 1270! (National Average is 1068)
  • 47% AP enrollment rate!
  • 26.8% of age 25+ have Bachelor’s degree or higher!

Low Taxes

  • Zero Individual Wyoming State Income Tax!
  • Low Property Taxes!
  • Only 6% Sales Tax in Buffalo!
  • Low 2% Local and 2% State Lodging Taxes (4% total) in Buffalo!
  • Countywide Voter-Approved 1% Tax, included in the 6% tax above, helps fund street renovations, our local library, recycling, civic center, museum, and other voter efforts! This specific tax is scheduled to sunset in 4.5 years, unless re-approved by the voters.
  • No Corporate Taxes!
  • No Inventory Taxes!

Leisure Activities

Enjoy an easy drive through Crazy Woman Canyon, or through the mountains on over to Ten Sleep, take a dip into Tie Hack reservoir, or take some of the beautiful side roads in the Bighorn Mountains! Whether you want to camp, hike, ride horses, bring your RV, ride your ATV, do some fishing, hunt, rock climb, or enjoy some intense photo opportunities, it's here!


Popular Leisure Activities
  • Tie Hack Reservoir - 30 minutes to a beautiful lake, nestled in the Bighorns!
  • Loaf Mountain Overlook - 25 minutes from Buffalo on Highway 16, just past the North entrance of Elgin Park Road. Photographers and anyone wanting to see beautiful views of our peaks should stop for a few minutes along the way!
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  • Crazy Woman Canyon - 2hrs to 3.5hrs of beautiful canyon & mountains, looping back to Buffalo!
  • Elgin Park Road - Take a drive or pick a camping spot in this beautiful loop through the forest and prairies! Elgin Park Road is a loop, and from Buffalo, the 2 entrances from Highway 16 are roughly 23 minutes, and 26 minutes).
  • Ten Sleep, Wyoming - About 1 hour from Buffalo, and on the way to/from Cody, Wyoming via Highway 16. Between Buffalo & Ten Sleep, you'll enjoy views of the amazing Ten Sleep Canyon, the Bighorn Mountains, Meadowlark Lake and many scenic turnouts!

Hiking, Camping, Horses & More

The Bighorns have an abundance of camping locations, from official campgrounds and RV pull ins, to those that can be found by blazing your own trail and backpacking in.

The traditional camping spots are labeled and accompany signposts with ORV roads.

Should you choose to park and backpack in a ways, all of the Bighorn terrain offers some of the best adventures and views in the world! Some of the most mesmerizing views are only found after a two day hike.

Please keep in mind that entering certain (especially high-risk areas) of the wilderness, may require registration and adherence to regulations.


Popular Easy-Adventure Activities
  • Camping: Tie Hack Reservoir - 30 minutes to a beautiful lake, nestled in the Bighorns!
  • Tie Hack Reservoir - 30 minutes to a beautiful lake, nestled in the Bighorns!
  • Crazy Woman Canyon - Bring your tent or your small pickup-bed type camper. Not suitable for large motorhomes.
  • Elgin Park Road - Bring your camper, motorhome or your tent and enjoy the deep forest, or just-off-the-road camping, with privacy & beautiful views!
  • Ten Sleep, Wyoming - About 1 hour from Buffalo, and on the way to/from Cody, Wyoming via Highway 16. Between Buffalo & Ten Sleep, you'll enjoy views of the amazing Ten Sleep Canyon, the Bighorn Mountains, Meadowlark Lake and many scenic turnouts!

Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling

The Big Horn Mountains are irresistible for winter sports! Only minutes from downtown, but feels like you're miles and miles away!

Bring your Snowmobiles/Sleds, or head up to Meadowlark Ski Lodge for some skiing adventure!

Our local Bighorn Mountain Winter activities attract visitors from around the globe! Our hunting & fishing experiences are world-renown!


Popular Fall & Winter Activities
  • Snowmobiling - 30 minutes to the Bighorns - rated top 10!
  • Skiing - 45 minutes to the Meadowlark Ski Resort!
  • Cross-Country Skiing Within 20-30 minutes of Buffalo - Cross-Country Skiing & Awesome Snowshoeing!