Wyoming is a state in the western part of the United States and best known for being part of the mountain region. The Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains meet directly in Wyoming. Retirees that are looking for a place that is full of nature and wilderness will surely appreciate this state.
Climate and Geography
Wyoming has a semi-arid continental climate. With a high altitude, this state is known to be drier and windier than the rest of the country. The winters have very low temperatures and the summers are warm, except in the mountains. The average annual high temperature is in the mid 80s and the average annual low temperature is in the low 40s.
The two national parks within Wyoming are Grand Teton and Yellowstone. Two-thirds of the state is covered by mountain ranges on the west and the final third is high elevation prairie on the east called the High Plains. The surface elevation ranges from 3,125 feet to 13,804 feet above sea level. The North Platte, Wind, Big Horn, and Yellowstone rivers are located on the east and flow into the Missouri River Basin.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Wyoming has an assortment of outdoor activities for residents to explore. During the warmer months, active adults hike through the many parks and mountains. The main ones being Grand Teton and Yellowstone. Wyoming is very rich in culture and offers a wide variety of museums. There are ranches scattered throughout to horseback ride and take in the surrounding scenery.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The median home cost is right at the national median. Wyoming has no state income tax and is known for having the third lowest tax burden of all the states. Social Security, pension, and any other retirement payments are not taxed.
Wyoming has the second highest well-being index score at 64.2, according to Gallup. Two of the best, regionally-ranked medical centers and hospitals in Wyoming are Aspen Mountain Medical Center and Campbell County Health-Gillette.