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Retire in Evanston, Wyoming?
Overview: Along Interstate 80 in southwestern Wyoming, quiet Evanston started as a railroad hub and sits on a high plain at 6,750 feet above sea level. The Uinta Mountains loom in the far distance, and the Bear River flows through town.
The lifestyle is relaxed, and neighbors are friendly. The wide main street through downtown is lined with historic buildings, many from the late-1800s. Main Street Artisans is a collection of downtown artists. Bear River State Park is a nice spot for fishing, kayaking, tubing and picnicking, and the beautiful Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, which meanders through the Uintas and reaches more than 10,000 feet above sea level, starts south of town. Local events include the Evanston Brewfest, Cinco de Mayo, the Fresh Air, Freedom and Fun Festival and the annual county fair. Sagebrush Theatre is the community theater.
Dining options are limited primarily to diners and cafes. Purple Sage is the local golf course. Park City, Utah is 65 miles away, and Salt Lake City, Utah is 85 miles away. Popular Mirror Lake is about 50 miles away.
Population: 13,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 30%
Cost of Living: 7% below the national average
Median Home Price: $210,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 70s and 80s, and winter temperatures are in the teens, 20s and 30s. The area receives 55 inches of snow each winter, and blizzards are not uncommon. Winters are long. Rainfall reaches about 12 inches per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes, the Uinta County Library has a branch here.
Political Leanings: Very conservative
College Educated: 17%
Is Wyoming Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Wind is a constant in Wyoming and in Evanston, too.
Notes: The city has a senior center and has maintained its population during the last decade. Evanston is also the site of the Wyoming State Hospital.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes, if looking for an authentic Western town and outdoor recreation.
Wyoming's territorial legislature granted women the right to vote in 1869. It was the first government entity in the world to recognize "female sufferage." The Equality State entered the Union about 21 years later on July 10, 1890.
The 10th largest state by area, Wyoming is one of the country's smallest by population. The mean elevation is 6,700 feet above above sea level. The state can be divided by three distinct land areas. The Great Plains to the east are characterized by short grass, cottonwoods, and shrubs. Devils Tower National Monument rises out of this prairie. Ranges within Wyomings include the Big Horns and the Tetons. Ranges are separated by high plateaus known as the Intermontane Basins.
Depending on elevation, Wyoming can have cold winters and warm summers. Rain is rare. Snowfall in some mountain areas piles up to 200 inches or more per year. The southeastern portion of the state sees late spring thunderstorms and early summer tornados.
Tourism, energy, and agriculture contribute to the state's coffers. More than six million people visit Wyoming's national parks and monuments per year. Half of those visitors come to see stunning Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.
An important part of Wyoming's cowboy culture, farms and ranches are leading producers of beef, hay, sugar beets, and wool. A major source of coal, coalbed methane, and crude oil, the state also has rich reserves of trona and natural gas.
Nellie Tayloe Ross became the country's first female governor in 1925. No other woman has served as Wyoming governor since.
Population - 585,501
Persons 65 years old and over - 15%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 92%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 26%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 10%
White persons, not Hispanic - 86%
Median household income - $59,113
Median home value - $199,900
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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