When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.
But not 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.
Where exactly in Wyoming is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Wheatland as the best place to hang up your cleats.
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 2019:
Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details or check out the best places to retire in America.
For Wyoming state reading:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Wyoming
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Wyoming
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Wyoming
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Equality State for 2019
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 — 188 cities and towns.
We then narrowed it down to places with at least 2,000 people that weren’t townships. This left us with 25 places from across the state.
- 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.
Wheatland is a town in and the county seat of Platte County in southeastern Wyoming, United States. The population was 3,627 at the 2010 census.
Thermopolis is the largest town in Hot Springs County, Wyoming, United States, and also the county seat. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 3,009.
“Thermopolis” is from the Greek for “Hot City”. It is home to numerous natural hot springs, in which mineral-laden waters are heated by geothermal processes. The town is named for the hot springs located there.
Douglas is a city in Converse County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 6,120 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Converse County and the home of the Wyoming State Fair.
Glenrock, known as Deer Creek Station, had its beginning as a mail and stage station along the Oregon Trail. The station served as a relay and eating place and was a vital supply point for thousands of emigrants as they traveled westward. The discovery of oil in 1889 greatly contributed to the economy of central Wyoming and especially Glenrock.
Newcastle is a city in and the county seat of Weston County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 3,532 at the 2010 census.
Torrington is a city in, and the county seat of, Goshen County, Wyoming United States. The population was 6,501 at the 2010 census.
Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Wyoming 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
For more Wyoming reading, check out:
Detailed List Of The Best Places To Retire In Wyoming