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Wide, open spaces and conservative politics lured herds of homebuyers to Wyoming’s rugged capital

Postcard of Cheyenne, Wyoming taped on orange paper, with truck and house stickers

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Troy Nowak wanted to move his family to a laid-back place with outdoor activities, low crime, and no traffic.

He chose Cheyenne, Wyoming.

The new Microsoft employee, a Southern California native most recently living in North Carolina, bought a three-bedroom house on half an acre in a newly built neighborhood called Whitney Ranch for just under $500,000. He told Insider he was considering Boise, Idaho, and Lake Tahoe in California, where a similar home would have had a $600,000-plus price tag. He ended up picking Wyoming’s capital, drawn by in part by its wealth of Christian details ⇒

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