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Wyoming, a.k.a. The Cowboy State, is home to Yellowstone National Park - and one of the largest active volcanoes on Earth.

Wyoming, a.k.a. The Cowboy State, is home to Yellowstone National Park - and one of the largest active volcanoes on Earth.

It's a joke almost as old as the state itself: Wyoming doesn't exist. Think about it. Have you ever actually met anyone from Wyoming? Well, rest assured - Wyoming is a real place, and your moving company will know how to get there. But once you land in The Cowboy State, what are you likely to find?

Wyoming is the least populous state in the Union with just over 568,000 people. There are 30 U.S. cities that hold more people than the state, including Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. Despite the tiny amount of year-round citizens, the state draws millions of visitors each year. Why, you may ask? Because the state is home to Yellowstone National Park, arguably the most famous outdoor preserve in the world.

In 1872, the U.S. Senate made Yellowstone, which comprises most of the northwest region of Wyoming, the first national park in the world. For 11,000 years, the region has served as a hunting ground, transportation route and seasonal home to a number of Native American tribes. One of its most famous features, the cone geyser affectionately referred to as Old Faithful, is perhaps the most predictable naturally occurring phenomena on Earth.

What some people don't realize is that the park's beauty hides one of the largest active volcanoes on the planet. The place where lava would break the surface in an eruption, an area called the Yellowstone Caldera, is roughly 34 by 45 miles. By some estimates, if the volcano were to explode, it would launch roughly 1,000 cubic kilometers of rock and debris into the atmosphere. When Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, it released roughly 1.2 cubic kilometers of material. Fortunately, the National Park Service doesn't expect another eruption any time in the next millennium or two.

So what's it going to cost to live in the same state as such a dangerously beautiful volcano? According to the most recent data available from the state's Department of Administration and Information, the average apartment will cost roughly $650 per month. A home isn't that much more expensive. The statewide average rental price for a house is just $902. If you're looking to buy instead of rent, average prices listed in the state with real estate firm Trulia range from about $150,000 in Goshen County to $357,000 in Park County.