Report: Campbell County cost of living 7th highest in state

At the end of 2020, Campbell County was the seventh most expensive county to live in Wyoming, according to the most recent cost-of-living index report from the Wyoming Economic Analysis Division (EAD).

Campbell County came in at or above the statewide cost-of-living index for the fourth quarter of 2020 (4Q2020) in two categories: food and recreation & personal care.

Food was 11 percent more expensive than the statewide average in 4Q2020 and, while still high, recreation & personal care costs decreased slightly to equal the statewide average, per the report.

Transportation, housing, medical, and apparel were all under the statewide average, according to the report, despite rental rates increasing across the board from 2019.

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Average apartment rent in Campbell County increased from $693 to $709, mobile home lot rent increased from $466 to $487, and mobile home rent increased from $713 to $752.

Houses were the only exception, which showed a 2.1 percent decrease from an average monthly rate of $1,142 in 2019 to $1,118 in 2020.

As a whole, Campbell County came in at two percent below the statewide average, a slight improvement over the numbers reported in 2Q2020 where the county’s cost of living was one percent above the statewide average and was the third most expensive Wyoming county to live in, according to a February 2020 EAD report.