These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Wyoming For 2018


We analyzed over 17 places in Wyoming to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Wyoming.

But where exactly in Wyoming? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Wyoming that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Wheatland don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Equality State to retire for 2018:

  1. Wheatland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Thermopolis (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Worland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Kemmerer (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Douglas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Buffalo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Glenrock (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Newcastle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Torrington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Cody (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Why did Wheatland take the top spot? And where are Cheyenne and Casper?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in Wyoming.

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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Equality State

To create our list of the best places in Wyoming to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Equality State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 25 places from across the state.

For these 25, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 25, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Wheatland, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

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1. Wheatland

Wheatland, Wyoming

Population: 3,633
Median Rent: $617
Distance to Closest Airport: 96 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,954
More on Wheatland: Homes For Sale | Data

2. Thermopolis

Thermopolis, Wyoming

Population: 2,918
Median Rent: $690
Distance to Closest Airport: 101 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,336
More on Thermopolis: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Worland

Worland, Wyoming

Population: 5,383
Median Rent: $590
Distance to Closest Airport: 107 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,263
More on Worland: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Kemmerer

Kemmerer, Wyoming

Population: 2,710
Median Rent: $877
Distance to Closest Airport: 100 miles
Crime Per 100k: 848
More on Kemmerer: Homes For Sale | Data

5. Douglas

Douglas, Wyoming

Population: 6,478
Median Rent: $685
Distance to Closest Airport: 55 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,439
More on Douglas: Homes For Sale | Data
Douglas was platted in 1886 when the Wyoming Central Railway (later the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company) established a railway station; the settlement had been in existence since 1867 when Fort Fetterman was built and was first known as ‘Tent City’ before it was officially named ‘Douglas’, after Senator Stephen A. Douglas. It served as a supply point, warehousing and retail, for surrounding cattle ranches, as well as servicing railway crews, cowboys and the troops of the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Fetterman.

6. Buffalo

Buffalo, Wyoming

Population: 4,619
Median Rent: $862
Distance to Closest Airport: 99 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,035
More on Buffalo: Homes For Sale | Data

7. Glenrock

Glenrock, Wyoming

Population: 2,607
Median Rent: $632
Distance to Closest Airport: 30 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,649
More on Glenrock: Homes For Sale | Data

8. Newcastle

Newcastle, Wyoming

Population: 3,503
Median Rent: $818
Distance to Closest Airport: 131 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,741
More on Newcastle: Homes For Sale | Data

9. Torrington

Torrington, Wyoming

Population: 6,759
Median Rent: $647
Distance to Closest Airport: 131 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,834
More on Torrington: Homes For Sale | Data
Situated on the historic Mormon Trail and near the Oregon and California trails along the banks of the North Platte River, Torrington was founded in 1900 by W.G. Curtis (1857?1913), and named by him for his home town of Torrington, Connecticut. Originally a watering and coaling station for the CB&Q Railroad, which began passenger service in 1900, the growing city soon became the main source of civilization for nearby farmers and ranchers. In 1905, the first bridge was constructed over the North Platte River, which it had previously been necessary to ford.

10. Cody

Cody, Wyoming

Population: 9,776
Median Rent: $782
Distance to Closest Airport: 170 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,373
More on Cody: Homes For Sale | Data

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Wyoming goes to Wheatland.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  • Rock Springs
  • Gillette
  • Jackson

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Wyoming

City Rank Population Median Rent Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Wheatland 1 3,633 $617 96 1,954
Thermopolis 2 2,918 $690 101 1,336
Worland 3 5,383 $590 107 1,263
Kemmerer 4 2,710 $877 100 848
Douglas 5 6,478 $685 55 2,439
Buffalo 6 4,619 $862 99 2,035
Glenrock 7 2,607 $632 30 1,649
Newcastle 8 3,503 $818 131 1,741
Torrington 9 6,759 $647 131 1,834
Cody 10 9,776 $782 170 2,373
Green River 11 12,574 $794 139 1,200
Evanston 12 12,179 $618 62 2,972
Lander 13 7,744 $740 114 3,125
Sheridan 14 17,866 $749 132 2,121
Laramie 15 32,096 $728 111 1,395
Mills 16 3,677 $792 5 2,855
Rawlins 17 9,114 $849 86 3,258
Casper 18 59,397 $837 8 2,927
Cheyenne 19 62,879 $809 88 4,133
Riverton 20 11,044 $715 97 5,948
Evansville 21 2,880 $751 10 3,506
Powell 22 6,396 $714 171 2,579
Jackson 23 10,279 $1175 195 2,188
Gillette 24 32,033 $936 106 2,403
Rock Springs 25 23,967 $914 153 2,378

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