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Retire in Evanston, Wyoming?
Along Interstate 80 in western Wyoming, quiet Evanston started out as a railroad hub in 1869. It sits under big blue skies on a high plain at 6,750 feet above sea level, with the Uinta Mountains looming in the far distance. The Bear River flows through town.
The lifestyle is relaxed, and neighbors are friendly. The wide, busy main street through downtown is lined with historic buildings as well as banks, gas stations, restaurants, museums, government offices and more. 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 and has a year round schedule. Purple Sage is the local golf course. Neighborhoods are quiet, lined with cottonwood trees, pine trees and box elder trees. Most homes in town are ranch ramblers and bungalows. Properties outside of town range from mobile homes with outbuildings on acreage to custom homes with horses on acreage.
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. Mirror Lake, perfect for fishing and hiking, is about 50 miles away. Park City, Utah is 65 miles away, and Salt Lake City, Utah is 85 miles away. Stunning Jackson Hole is 225 miles to the north.
Population: 13,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 30%
Cost of Living: 29% below the national average
Median Home Price: $235,000
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: Conservative
College Educated: 20%
Is Wyoming Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Most days bring some wind.
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. Home prices have increased 17% since last year.
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.
Wyoming farms and ranches are leading producers of beef, hay, sugar beets, and wool. The state is a major source of coal, coalbed methane, and crude oil. It 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.
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