An aging Wyoming presents big housing challenges

Older residents tend to buy houses from the state’s limited stock, leaving few options for the workers they’ll depend on for care as they age.

Wyoming faces an array of future affordable housing challenges, but one big hurdle is an aging population.

“The state is projected to experience moderate population growth in the coming years,” a new Wyoming Community Development Authority housing needs assessment found. “However, the aging of the population has deep implications for future housing needs, as older adults living longer independently accelerate housing demand.”

To illustrate that trend, the report estimates that people 65 and older made up 12% of the population in 2010, growing to 17% in 2021. By 2030, the report projects they’l...


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