These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Wyoming


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 Worland don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Equality State to retire:

  1. Worland
  2. Torrington
  3. Laramie
  4. Sheridan
  5. Lander
  6. Gillette
  7. Casper
  8. Jackson
  9. Powell
  10. Rawlins

Why did Worland take the top spot? And where are Cheyenne and Casper? Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

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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 17 places from across the state.

For these 17, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (As measured by population density)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 17, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Worland, 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. Worland

Worland, Wyoming

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Population: 5,445
Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 107 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,046
Worland ranked 1 overall thanks to its 1 place rank for cost of living and 1 place safety rank.

2. Torrington

Torrington, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,732
Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 131 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,901
Torrington ranked 2 overall thanks to its 1 place rank for cost of living and 3 place safety rank.

3. Laramie

Laramie, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,601
Cost Of Living: 106
Distance to Closest Airport: 111 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,382
Laramie ranked 3 overall thanks to its 13 place rank for cost of living and 5 place safety rank.

4. Sheridan

Sheridan, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,699
Cost Of Living: 101
Distance to Closest Airport: 132 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,502
Sheridan ranked 4 overall thanks to its 6 place rank for cost of living and 7 place safety rank.

5. Lander

Lander, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,627
Cost Of Living: 101
Distance to Closest Airport: 114 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,277
Lander ranked 5 overall thanks to its 6 place rank for cost of living and 15 place safety rank.

6. Gillette

Gillette, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,110
Cost Of Living: 102
Distance to Closest Airport: 106 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,240
Gillette ranked 6 overall thanks to its 9 place rank for cost of living and 14 place safety rank.

7. Casper

Casper, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 57,815
Cost Of Living: 100
Distance to Closest Airport: 8 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,968
Casper ranked 7 overall thanks to its 4 place rank for cost of living and 11 place safety rank.

8. Jackson

Jackson, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,967
Cost Of Living: 155
Distance to Closest Airport: 195 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,678
Jackson ranked 8 overall thanks to its 17 place rank for cost of living and 9 place safety rank.

9. Powell

Powell, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,365
Cost Of Living: 105
Distance to Closest Airport: 171 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,922
Powell ranked 9 overall thanks to its 12 place rank for cost of living and 10 place safety rank.

10. Rawlins

Rawlins, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,198
Cost Of Living: 101
Distance to Closest Airport: 86 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,446
Rawlins ranked 10 overall thanks to its 6 place rank for cost of living and 6 place safety rank.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

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

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

  • Riverton
  • Evanston
  • Douglas

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Wyoming

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Worland 1 5,445 89 107 1,046
Torrington 2 6,732 89 131 1,901
Laramie 3 31,601 106 111 2,382
Sheridan 4 17,699 101 132 2,502
Lander 5 7,627 101 114 3,277
Gillette 6 31,110 102 106 3,240
Casper 7 57,815 100 8 2,968
Jackson 8 9,967 155 195 2,678
Powell 9 6,365 105 171 2,922
Rawlins 10 9,198 101 86 2,446
Rock Springs 11 23,684 107 153 2,562
Cheyenne 12 61,470 103 88 3,064
Green River 13 12,600 111 139 1,531
Cody 14 9,687 107 170 2,095
Douglas 15 6,272 101 55 3,619
Evanston 16 12,253 102 62 3,011
Riverton 17 10,902 94 97 4,393

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