Community and County Profiles

Community Events

Buffalo and Kaycee have the feel of small towns, while at the same time offering dynamic community life. In addition to a wide range of recreational activities in all seasons for all ages, Buffalo's annual events calendar is punctuated with festivities. The community hosts the Lighted Christmas Parade and Chili Feed to kick of the holidays, a Halloween party for families in the downtown square, and Oktoberfest as fall begins.

In the spring and summer, Johnson county is home to rodeos, golf tournaments, and live music. The annual Big Horn Music Festival attracts bluegrass and folk music fans from all over the nation, with a full 3-day schedule of bands, workshops, food, prizes, and city-wide dance parties. Get more info about the Festival here.

Johnson County Schools

Wyoming invests heavily in its schools, and its investment is visible in Buffalo and Kaycee. With a general fund budget of approximately $19.4 million, Johnson County School District #1 serves approximately 1,260 students in the progression through 4 schools. Buffalo High School boasts a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1 and a rating of nine out of ten on greatschools.com. Parents and other community members support the schools through the active Buffalo Backers program. A state-of-the-art elementary school is under construction, and will be up and running for the 2013-2014 school year. Get more info about Johnson County Schools here.

School Contact Information      
School Telephone Grades ApproximateEnrollment
Learning Tree Pre-School (307) 684-7509 3-5 Years 102
Head Start (307) 684-2873 4-5 Years 19
Buffalo Children’s Center (307) 684-5802 0-5 Years 65
Big Horn Christian School (307) 684-9062 K-5 6
Meadowlark Elementary (307) 684-9518 K-3 324
Clear Creek Elementary (307) 684-0153 04/05/14 172
Clear Creek Middle School (307) 684-5594 06/08/14 252
Buffalo High School (307) 684-2269 09/12/14 373

 

Location and Climate

Location

In Northern Wyoming, among the Bighorn Mountains in the heart of Johnson County lies the towns of Buffalo and Kaycee. With close proximity to both Montana, Yellowstone Park, and the junction of I-25 and I-90, residents enjoy the convenience of small town western life as well as world-class outdoor beauty.

Nearby Cities: 

  • Story, WY
  • Sheridan, WY
  • Billings, MT
  • Kaycee, WY
  • Cheyenne, WY
  • Billings, MT
  • Denver, CO

Climate

  • Elevation: Buffalo 4,645, Kaycee 4,660
  • Average Temperature: January 36.0, July  85.0
  • Humidity: 48%
  • Precipitation:  Average 13.29'', Average snowfall - 33.3''
  • Sunshine Days: 252
  • Prevailing Winds: N/NW
  • Average Growing Days: 115

Recreation

Buffalo sits at the foot of the spectacular Big Horn Mountains, a recreational mecca in all seasons. An extensive network of trails and camp sites are available for hikers, mountain bikers, and campers, and sportsmen will find all varieties of fish and game.

In the winter, the Big Horns boast skiing, snowboarding, and some of the best snowmobiling in the nation. Find more information about the Big Horn lifestyle here.

Lake DeSmet, located just north of Buffalo, is popular for boating and water skiing. Featuring fully-equipped campsites, the lake offers trails for backpacking, day hikes, nature walks, and horseback riding.

In town, Washington Memorial Park offers the region's largest outdoor swimming pool in the region, including a kids' waterpark and full-time lifeguards. Tennis courts, picnic tables, and a creek contribute to the park's character.

The newly-opened sports complex is already becoming a state-wide destination for tournaments on its numerous soccer fields and baseball diamonds.

Buffalo offers many other family-friendly facilities that include a bowling alley, a miniature golf course, and an ice-skating rink. TheBuffalo Golf Club offers a well-groomed 18 holes.

The Johnson County YMCA is the largest per capita in the state, offering amenities usually found in much larger communities! Its programs include group exercise classes, sports leagues for youth and adults alike, swimming lessons, and regular races, ranging from 5Ks to ultra-marathons. 
In addition to its small-town, neighborly feel, Johnson County offers active families and adults a wide range of opportunities, bringing together the best of both worlds!

 

Johnson County

Population

Total Population

8,666

Population
Growth Rate

0.12%

Median Age

46

Diversity Index

19.700

Housing & Income

Households

3,832

Total Housing Units

4,670


Owner Occupied

2,628

Renter Occupied

1,204

Vacant

838

Median Home Value

$267,485


Average Home Value

$316,438

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.14%


Per Capita Income

1.37%

Income Projection

Median Household

$53,918 $56,450


Average Household

$70,645 $75,602


Per Capita

$31,251 $33,458

Workforce

Total Businesses

625

Total Employed

4,058

Workers 16+

4,130

HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

43

Employed

779

Accommodation/Food Service

cp-industries

Businesses

61

Employed

602

Educational Services - Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

16

Employed

404

Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

67

Employed

383

Accommodation Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

35

Employed

321

Construction Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

53

Employed

294

Some
High School

183

Graduated
High School

1,871

Associates
Degree

518

Bachelor's
Degree

1,135

Graduate
Degree

605

Average Commute Time

25 min.



Resident Commuters

3,048

Non-Resident Commuters

889

Drive Alone

2,935

Carpooled

671

Public

8

Work At Home

319

Transpotation

Highways Serving Johnson County:

  • I-90
  • US 16
  • I-25

Railroads:

  • Burlington Northern/Santa Fe (33 miles north)

Air: 

Commercial Service (Sheridan, 33 miles north)

  • Great Lakes Aviation
  • Passenger service available with direct service daily to Billings, MT and Denver, CO. 
  • Connections through St. Paul and Denver International. 
  • Paved Runway 8,300 ft and 5,039 ft

Johnson County Airport

  • Paved Runway 6,158 ft
  • Commercial service: No
  • Surface: Asphalt
  • Lights: Yes
  • Tower: No
  • Instrument Landing System: No

FlySheridan! (Air Service Begins November 19, 2015)

Nothing beats Sheridan and Johnson counties when it comes to quality of life, and reliable air service is an important piece of that quality. Whether it’s for business or personal travel, being able to fly from an airport near your home means less time getting where you’re going and more time being there.

Passenger air service is returning to Sheridan on November 19, 2015 with a new company, a new service schedule and new fares. This exciting opportunity brings Key Lime Air, dba Denver Air Connection, to the table as Sheridan and Johnson Counties’ partner in providing local air service.

If you’re ready now, don’t wait! You can already book your flights online, and don’t forget to check out the schedule page and other travel information in preparing for your trip.

Next time you’re planning a trip, remember to Fly Sheridan! Because with air service back in Sheridan you don’t have to travel, to travel. Learn More!

Bus Service:

  • Jefferson Bus Lines

Parcel Service:

  • UPS
  • USPS
  • FedEx

Trucking Firms:

  • North Park Transportation
  • Midwest Continental Freight
  • Private Haulers
     

Utilities

Electricity: 

  • Powder River Energy Co. (1-800-442-3630)
  • Estimated average cost (kwh)
  • Residential: $0.0517
  • Commercial: $0.0462
  • Industrial: $0.0462

Water: 

  • City of Buffalo (307) 684-5566
  • Source: Clear Creek and Tie Hack Dam

Waste Water: 

  • City of Buffalo (307) 684-9010
  • Treatment Plant: Aerated Lagoon

Sanitation: 

  • City of Buffalo (307) 684-7335