Campbell County, Wyoming is situated between the Big Horn Mountains to the west and the
Black Hills to the east, in the Powder River Basin. This small section of the United States is most commonly referred to as the Energy Capital of the Nation. Why? More than one-fourth of all American coal is mined from the Powder River Basin in Campbell County. Established in 1911, it is home to the cities of Gillette and Wright, along with the unincorporated communities of Recluse and Rozet.
The growing economy makes Campbell County a wonderful and exciting place to live. Outstanding quality of life for residents means:
- low crime rate
- low property tax
- more than 250 days of sunshine
- no traffic jams or smog
- no state tax
- room to expand
The region is home to numerous cafes, fine steakhouses, grills, sushi and more, and there are many stores to browse through for clothing, electronics, gifts, shoes, etc. And, if you're wild about wildlife, nearly 77,000 pronghorn call this region home, along with a multitude of mule deer, turkey, sage grouse and more wild animals.
The population in Gillette and Campbell County is steadily increasing with nearly 30,000 people in the City limits and 47,000 residents living in the County.
Campbell County School District serves about 8,400 students in 20 schools. The district has been ranked in the top 15 percent of the school districts nationwide for the last five years by School Match, a research firm that collects and manages information about schools. The district also features a Planetarium and a science center.
The region is also home to Gillette College, part of the Northern Wyoming Community College District. The institution offers Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, Certificates and more. The school features a Nursing School and a state-of-the-art Technical Education Center.
Cultural and Recreational Opportunities
Gillette is the largest city in the County. The city boasts a art walk, bowling alleys, community art center, excellent parks, golf and disc golf courses, gyms, movie-plex, museum, recreational facilities, and the state's premier multi-use facility, CAM-PLEX, among others. There are a variety of events offered throughout the year-from rodeos to fairs to concerts and theatrical productions to hockey games and music festivals.
Wright is the second largest community in the County. The town keeps active with numerous community events, parks, the Haycreek Golf Course, and a recreation center. Panther Pond, which is well stocked with trout, crappie, catfish and bass, has a walking path around its perimeter where antelope, deer, and Canadian geese can be seen. The recreation center provides a range of youth programs and is equipped with a four-lane swimming pool, fitness areas, racquetball courts, picnic areas, playgrounds and more.
Residents in Campbell County participate in numerous outdoor activities such as BMX bike racing, boating, cycling, fishing, golfing, hiking, hunting, motorcross, rock climbing, roller derby, running, skiing, snowmobiling, and water sports, among others.
Surrounding areas of attraction
- Billings, Mont., 235 miles
- Buffalo, Wyo., 72 miles
- Casper, Wyo., 126 miles
- Denver, Colo., 345 miles
- Rapid City, SD, 140 miles
- Sheridan, Wyo, 104 miles
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