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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Powell, Wyoming?

Overview:   Set amid gently rolling hills, yellow buttes and waving prairie grass between the Big Horn Mountains and the Absaroka Range in scenic northwestern Wyoming, Powell is the authentic American West. Tidy and down to earth, it started out in the early-1900s as a work camp for laborers digging ditches and canals.

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The idea was to bring water to this arid region so alfalfa and grains could grow, and the first residents of Powell were merchants and schoolteachers offering services to the surrounding homesteaders and farmers. Today Powell is still primarily a ranching and farming community, but it is also home to Northwest College, a two-year institute with a strong performing arts program that supports a civic orchestra, a college choir, a jazz expo and a guitar and vocal summit. Gestalt Studios offer coffee, open music jams and workshops. Residents enjoy 125 acres of parks, tennis courts, trails and an 18-hole municipal golf course. The indoor aquatic facility has a leisure pool and a lap pool. There is also a farmers' market and the popular Park County fair. The downtown is simple but well maintained.

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Outdoor recreation abounds. The geological hotspot known as Yellowstone is about an hour away. The Pryor Mountains, just northeast of Powell, has a wild horse herd and a mustang center. Bighorn National Forest has 1,500 miles of trails, and Bighorn Lake is rich with trout.

Population: 6,500 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 38%

Cost of Living:  4% above the national average

Median Home Price:  $192,000

Climate:   Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s. Winter temperatures are in the single digits and teens. On average, the area receives six inches of rain and 14 inches of snow each year. The elevation is 4,292 feet above sea level.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  Yes

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No. The closest accredited hospital is in Billings, Montana, 90 miles away.

Public Transit:   The senior center offers rides around town for a minimal fee.

Crime Rate:  Well below the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:  Very, very conservative

Cons:    An accredited hospital is nowhere close.

Notes:    Powell is well off the beaten path. Getting here takes a little doing as there is essentially just one road in and out. The hospital, while not accredited, receives good patient reviews and has an assisted living facility. Powell has some racial diversity. The town has grown by 20% within the last decade or so and has a good reputation.

Is Wyoming Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?    Yes

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes, although the hospital situation is a concern.

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