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Once a Railroad Town, Evanston is a Quiet, High-Altitude Hamlet with a Historic Downtown and the Uinta Mountains Looming in the Distance
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.
The population is about 13,000 people, which is a little less than it was 10 years ago.
About 30% of the locals are age 45 or better, giving Evanston a slightly youthful flavor. Roughly 20% of these folks hold a four year college degree or higher.
Evanston is a relatively safe place, with a crime rate that meets the national average.
This is a conservative town, with most residents leaning to the right politically.
The cost of living is 20% below the national average, and the median home price is about $298,000, which is 7% higher than a year ago.
Western skies are usually a baby blue with wispy white clouds, and the skies above Evanston are no exception. Summer temperatures are in the 70s, 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the teens, 20s and 30s. The area receives 55 inches of snow each winter, and blizzards are not uncommon. Rainfall reaches about 12 inches per year. A slight breeze blows most days.
Evanston Regional Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission, and it accepts Medicare patients.
The Uinta County Library has a branch here. The Wyoming State Hospital is also here.
There is no public transportation in town, but a Greyhound Bus runs to and from town. Evanston-Uinta County Airport - Burns Field is a county airport, but the nearest major airport is in Ogden, Utah. Salt Lake City has the nearest international airport.
Wyoming is considered a tax-friendly place for retirement because it has no state income tax and so does not tax Social Security, pensions, 401(k)s, etc.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes, if looking for an authentic Western town and outdoor recreation.
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