Retire in Wyoming

Retire in Wyoming, where there is affordable housing, no state income tax, and overwhelming beauty.

As the least populated state in the union, antelope, elk, buffalo, and bears often outnumber the residents. There are very few places left where you can have the privacy and freedom that you can find in Wyoming.

Many retirees, who are looking to get away from the urban rat race, are moving to Wyoming.

WHERE TO RETIRE

Picture of the Grand Teton mountains in Wyoming.

From the wide open spaces, mountains, forest, waterfalls, and beautiful landscapes, Wyoming is an outdoor paradise.

However, this is a state of extremes - from its landscapes to its weather.

The summers are wonderful in the mountains and the fall is beautiful with the turning leaves on the aspens. But the winters are long and rough - below zero temperatures and deep snows can appear from November to June.

THE SOUTHEASTERN AREA

The prairies of Southeast Wyoming support farming and ranching. There are cattle, sheep, and vast stretches of wheat fields in this area.

These plains give way to mountain ranges. Two of these ranges are the Laramie Mountains and the Medicine Bow Range (known locally as the Snowy Range).

Picture of snow covered mountains with pine trees in Wyoming.

The winters are long and the winds howl across these plains, but if you enjoy the beauty of the area and don't mind the isolation, this may be the area for you.

The major towns in this area are Cheyenne and Laramie.

THE SOUTHWEST AREA

Southwest Wyoming is a stark, high desert landscape - with more cliffs, buttes, and ridges than found in Southeast Wyoming.

There is plenty of wide-open spaces for antelope, deer, elk, and moose to roam freely.

Picture of free range horses running through the snow in Wyoming.

Major points of interest include:

  • Killpecker Sand Dunes - These sand dunes stretch for 75 miles and are the perfect place to go dune buggying.
  • Fossil Butte National Monument - Once a lake is now made up of fossilized fish, insects, plants reptiles, birds, and mammals.
  • Wild Horse Herd Management Areas - Where there are more than 1,600 wild horses. You can spend the day watching the horses race across the plains.
  • Flaming Gorge Reservoir - You can trout fish year-round or just go boating around the lake.
  • The Green River - Canoe, kayak, or raft down the river.

Two retirement towns in this area include Evanston and Green River.

THE NORTHWEST AREA

Lower falls in Yellowston Park in Wyoming.

With breathtaking scenery and wide-open spaces, Northwest Wyoming is the home of such national wonders as Yellowstone National Park, The Grand Teton National Park, Bighorn Canyon, Wind River Canyon, and the Shoshone National Forest.

This is a rugged but beautiful area to retire in.

In the summers, residents and visitors can enjoy hiking, fly fishing, rock climbing, boating, mountain biking, paragliding, and river rafting.

During the winters, there is plenty of cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing.

Two towns to retire to in the Northwest area are Jackson Hole and Cody.

THE NORTHEAST AREA

Picture of Devils Tower in Wyoming.

Powder River and the Devils Tower National Monument are the natural wonders associated with the Northeast region of Wyoming.

Bordered by the Big Horn Mountains on the west, South Dakota to the east, and Montana to the north, this region has some beautiful landscapes.

A few of the favorite towns for retirees in this area are Buffalo, Gillette, Sheridan, and Sundance.

THE CENTRAL AREA

Picture of the central plains in Wyoming.

Central Wyoming has the most "Western Landscape" in Wyoming.

This part of Wyoming has pretty much remained the same throughout the years.

The land goes from plains to tree covered mountains.

The area includes several reservoirs, including Glendo and Guernsy State Parks.

Favorite retiree towns in this area include Casper, Douglas, and Wheatland.

RETIRE IN WYOMING

Wyoming is a land of wide-open spaces and scenic beauty.

For those who love the outdoors and can tolerate the long winters, Wyoming can be the best state to retire in.

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