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:
- Wheatland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Thermopolis (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Worland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Kemmerer (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Douglas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Buffalo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Glenrock (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Newcastle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Torrington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Cody (Photos | Homes For Sale)
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.
Population: 6,478Median 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.
Population: 6,759Median 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.
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
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