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 Casper don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Equality State to retire:

  1. Casper (Photos)
  2. Worland (Photos)
  3. Torrington (Photos)
  4. Cheyenne (Photos)
  5. Rawlins (Photos)
  6. Laramie (Photos)
  7. Sheridan (Photos)
  8. Douglas (Photos)
  9. Lander (Photos)
  10. Evanston (Photos)

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

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in Wyoming.

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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 Casper, 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. Casper

Casper, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 59,397
Cost Of Living: 100
Distance to Closest Airport: 8 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,889
Casper ranked 1st overall thanks to it’s 4th place rank for cost of living and it’s 10th place safety rank.

2. Worland

Worland, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,383
Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 107 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,058
Worland ranked 2nd overall thanks to it’s 1st place rank for cost of living and it’s 1st place safety rank.

3. Torrington

Torrington, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,759
Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 131 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,893
Torrington ranked 3rd overall thanks to it’s 1st place rank for cost of living and it’s 3rd place safety rank.

4. Cheyenne

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 62,879
Cost Of Living: 103
Distance to Closest Airport: 88 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,996
Cheyenne ranked 4th overall thanks to it’s 11th place rank for cost of living and it’s 12th place safety rank.

5. Rawlins

Rawlins, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,114
Cost Of Living: 101
Distance to Closest Airport: 86 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,468
Rawlins ranked 5th overall thanks to it’s 6th place rank for cost of living and it’s 6th place safety rank.

6. Laramie

Laramie, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,096
Cost Of Living: 106
Distance to Closest Airport: 111 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,346
Laramie ranked 6th overall thanks to it’s 13th place rank for cost of living and it’s 5th place safety rank.

7. Sheridan

Sheridan, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,866
Cost Of Living: 101
Distance to Closest Airport: 132 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,479
Sheridan ranked 7th overall thanks to it’s 6th place rank for cost of living and it’s 7th place safety rank.

8. Douglas

Douglas, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,478
Cost Of Living: 101
Distance to Closest Airport: 55 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,504
Douglas ranked 8th overall thanks to it’s 6th place rank for cost of living and it’s 16th place safety rank.

9. Lander

Lander, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,744
Cost Of Living: 101
Distance to Closest Airport: 114 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,228
Lander ranked 9th overall thanks to it’s 6th place rank for cost of living and it’s 15th place safety rank.

10. Evanston

Evanston, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,179
Cost Of Living: 102
Distance to Closest Airport: 62 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,029
Evanston ranked 10th overall thanks to it’s 9th place rank for cost of living and it’s 13th 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 Casper.

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

  • Cody
  • Green River
  • Rock Springs

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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
Casper 1 59,397 100 8 2,889
Worland 2 5,383 89 107 1,058
Torrington 3 6,759 89 131 1,893
Cheyenne 4 62,879 103 88 2,996
Rawlins 5 9,114 101 86 2,468
Laramie 6 32,096 106 111 2,346
Sheridan 7 17,866 101 132 2,479
Douglas 8 6,478 101 55 3,504
Lander 9 7,744 101 114 3,228
Evanston 10 12,179 102 62 3,029
Gillette 11 32,033 102 106 3,146
Riverton 12 11,044 94 97 4,337
Jackson 13 10,279 155 195 2,597
Powell 14 6,396 105 171 2,908
Rock Springs 15 23,967 107 153 2,532
Green River 16 12,574 111 139 1,534
Cody 17 9,776 107 170 2,076

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