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City of Rock Springs Named Top 10 Small Town by
Livability.com Jul 17, 2013

Cultural Assets, Natural Resources, Passionate Residents Among rRasons Southwestern Wyoming Community Selected

Rock Springs, Wyo. – The city of Rock Springs in Southwest Wyoming has been named one of the top 10 small towns for 2013 by Livability.com, a national website that ranks the quality of life and travel amenities of America’s small and mid-sized towns.

Liveability.com editors chose the 2013 list from among “micropolitan areas,” excluding big-city suburbs and communities that are part of a larger metropolitan region. Other considerations included population and economic growth rates, as well as amenities that are attracting new residents and businesses.

Rock Springs was selected for its unique cultural assets, abundance of natural resources and beauty, and residents who are passionate about preserving the character of the community. High paying jobs in the mining and extracting industry continue to fuel growth in Rock Springs, particularly with residents under 35. The Rock Springs population increased 4.4 percent from 2010 to 2012.
 
“Rock Springs' characteristics and its quality of life are phenomenal, but what truly defines our city is its people,” says Carl R. Demshar Jr., Mayor of the City of Rock Springs. “Ultimately, it is people who make a community. We invite folks to come for a visit, but we offer a fair warning! You might just stay for a lifetime.”
 
Visitors to Rock Springs can enjoy activities that are as vast as Wyoming’s wide open spaces. Here is just a sampling. For more information and planning tips visit www.tourwyoming.com.

Outdoor adventure: 75 percent of the land surrounding Rock Springs is public land for boating, hiking, camping, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, off-roading and wildlife viewing – including a rare herd of elk and a herd of wild horses.   

Attractions: Killpecker Sand Dunes, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Flaming Gorge Lake, Historic South Pass and White Mountain Petroglyphs are just a few of the natural attractions in the region. Additionally, Sweetwater County, where Rock Springs is located, has the most still-visible pioneer trails of any place in the United States.
 
Culture: Rock Springs’ Community Fine Arts Center features a changing exhibition schedule of local, regional and national artists. The building that houses the Rock Springs Historical Museum was constructed in 1894 and was first used as the City Hall.

Events: The Sweetwater Events Complex in Rock Springs is the hub for some of the most exciting events in the region, including the National High School Finals Rodeo, Wyoming’s Big Show (the county’s fair), Red Desert Rodeo Roundup and more. The International Day celebration held each July in Rock Springs honors the many cultures represented in the city, which has earned it the nickname “Home of 56 Nationalities.”
 
About Rock Springs, Wyo.
Rock Springs is located in Southwest Wyoming and has a population of about 24,000 and counting. The area is an extracting and mining mecca, fueling the local economy. Rock Springs is home to great schools, an excellent community college, a modern hospital, many new parks and extensive recreation facilities. There is also a community fine arts center, city and county libraries and the community continues to strive to meet the needs of its people at all levels. To learn more visit www.rockspringswyoming.net.

Contacts:
Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970-531-2336 |gaylene@orecommunications.com
Kristyn Muniz, Administrative Assistant - Mayor and Council City of Rock Springs, 307-352-1510


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