Wyoming Economic and Education Facts

Rankings: 1 = Best | 50 = Worst

State Rankings

Wyoming

Utah

North Dakota

South Dakota

Colorado

Nebraska

Montana

Idaho

Economic Performance

43*

4*

3*

8*

5*

13*

9*

12*

GDP Growth

46*

5*

1*

4*

13

2*

8*

22

Property Tax Burden

42*

17

9*

27

20

41

38

16

Government Employees per population

50*

8*

45

31

26

44

37

12*

Best Education

34*

20*

28

22

30

15*

10*

25

College Readiness ACT scores

46*

34

28

19

20

32

24

5*

High School Graduation

38*

26

17

28

46

5*

19

40

 

Economic State Ranks from 2018 Rich States Poor States Report

Education K-12 State Ranks from U.S.News Best States Education Report

Utah spends the least per student at $7,000

Wyoming spends 7th most at over $17,500

Bad News / Good News

Wyoming has one of the worst economies in the United States over the last decade, while losing private-sector jobs in eight of the months in 2017.  Wyoming education expenditures per student k-12 are seventh highest and education performance is in bottom 15 in the United States.  The size of Wyoming’s government per population is the largest in the United States and has been for many years.   Approximately half of Wyoming’s land is under federal control leading to Wyoming being in the top 20 of the most dependent states on the federal government.

Now the good news.  There are solutions to Wyoming’s problems. Click here to read them.