The 10 Best Places To Retire In Wyoming For 2019


We analyzed over 25 places in Wyoming to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in Wyoming.

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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 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.

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

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

For Wyoming state reading:

Wheatland, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,633
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 14)
Median Rent: $617
Distance to Closest Airport: 96 miles
More on Wheatland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,918
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 17)
Median Rent: $690
Distance to Closest Airport: 101 miles
More on Thermopolis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Worland, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,383
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 6)
Median Rent: $590
Distance to Closest Airport: 107 miles
More on Worland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kemmerer, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,710
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 22)
Median Rent: $877
Distance to Closest Airport: 100 miles
More on Kemmerer: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Douglas, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,478
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 12)
Median Rent: $685
Distance to Closest Airport: 55 miles
More on Douglas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Buffalo, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,619
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 12)
Median Rent: $862
Distance to Closest Airport: 99 miles
More on Buffalo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Glenrock, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,607
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 7)
Median Rent: $632
Distance to Closest Airport: 30 miles
More on Glenrock: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,503
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $818
Distance to Closest Airport: 131 miles
More on Newcastle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,759
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Median Rent: $647
Distance to Closest Airport: 131 miles
More on Torrington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Torrington is a city in, and the county seat of, Goshen County, Wyoming United States. The population was 6,501 at the 2010 census.

Cody, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 9,776
Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 18)
Median Rent: $782
Distance to Closest Airport: 170 miles
More on Cody: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

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.

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:

  1. Rock Springs
  2. Gillette
  3. Jackson

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Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Wyoming?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Wheatland 3,633 $617
2 Thermopolis 2,918 $690
3 Worland 5,383 $590
4 Kemmerer 2,710 $877
5 Douglas 6,478 $685
6 Buffalo 4,619 $862
7 Glenrock 2,607 $632
8 Newcastle 3,503 $818
9 Torrington 6,759 $647
10 Cody 9,776 $782

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