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:
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.
Population: 5,445Cost 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.
Population: 6,732Cost 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.
Population: 31,601Cost 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.
Population: 17,699Cost 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.
Population: 7,627Cost 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.
Population: 31,110Cost 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.
Population: 57,815Cost 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.
Population: 9,967Cost 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.
Population: 6,365Cost 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.
Population: 9,198Cost 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:
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