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Old 05-06-2014, 12:54 AM
 
Location: Aiea, Hawaii
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Here is a CNN article about the best states to retire.
South Dakota rated #1, Wyoming rated #5. The Article rated that Wyoming’s low quality of its healthcare is far below that of the top ten states. Still rated #5.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/best-s...060000386.html
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Old 05-06-2014, 04:53 AM
 
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IMO, the premises of these types of articles are very flawed ...

for example, they cite good healthcare in Colorado as being a feature, but the lower quality of healthcare in Wyoming. My first question is what is the basis for asserting low quality? is purely a function of lack of access because of the limited/sparse population leading to time/distance to available services determined by some formula compared to the access in metro population areas around the country? not disclosed by CNN, is it?

Access to services for a Wyoming resident are not limited by the state border in the same way that taxing authority is limited by the residency state. I can shop medical services out of state.
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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Having devoured all of these types of on-line articles the past year or so, I've found that pretty much WY, ID, UT, the Dakotas are near the top of the list, along with a few states in the deep south. None of them really reveal anything new or unique. I'm waiting for someone to publish their algorithm or methodology before I waste too much more time going over them.
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Cabin Creek
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like taxes , when they divide the whole taxes paid by oil and gas by Wyoming residents we look really bad , then the next article show what people really pay and industry pays and it a totally different story about the same thing.
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Old 05-06-2014, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Aiea, Hawaii
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In every article i have read in the last two years. I agree its always the Dakota's, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, ect...except they just switch spots depending how the question is used. There is a lack of providing data to back up the research. From my research on Medical overall. Some of the medical hospitals are rated high in Wyoming, and in the country. Just the distance to medical care get there can be a difference, in prompt care or delayed care. I will continue to research wyoming (Still rated in the top ten), and planning to be my new home reguardless of this article.
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Old 05-13-2014, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Outside Seattle
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If you were retiring and looking at Wyoming, what cities would be best? I assume I can't afford Jackson Hole because it's a ski resort. I'm from the Seattle area and I'm looking for a city that has some kind of "downtown" center. All I know about Wyoming is that it got a high score from some retirement survey, it's colder than sh*t in winter, and my niece went to school in Wyoming and loved it... but she's horsey.
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Old 05-13-2014, 03:51 PM
 
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If you were retiring and looking at Wyoming, what cities would be best? I assume I can't afford Jackson Hole because it's a ski resort. I'm from the Seattle area and I'm looking for a city that has some kind of "downtown" center. All I know about Wyoming is that it got a high score from some retirement survey, it's colder than sh*t in winter, and my niece went to school in Wyoming and loved it... but she's horsey.
It depends on what you are wanting to do as a retiree. Let us know some of your interests, what you "must" have, what you would like to have, size of town you prefer, etc.
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Old 05-13-2014, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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I'll give you my list, if I currently lived out of state and wanted to move here, assuming I had no family living in Wyoming: Buffalo, Sheridan, Lander and Cody, in that order. This is not to eliminate the smaller towns near some of those, such as Story, Big Horn, Ranchester and Dayton that are all within 15-20 miles of Sheridan. I base that on the general friendliness of the towns that I've experienced, scenic beauty, access to nearby mountains and access to the outside world. Incidentally, those 4 all have pretty nice downtown areas, Sheridan probably the best.

I live in Gillette. It's a nice town and I wouldn't move to any of the others, but if I didn't have ties here, I'd pick one of those I listed (or a nearby smaller town). I'm also not too familiar with the west end of the state. I know people who love Pinedale, for example, and others who would choose Wheatland, Sundance, Laramie or other towns throughout Wyoming.
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Cabin Creek
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Star Valley ranch is built around a couple 18 hole golf courses , with swimming pool and tennis courts. It a incorporated town but also a home owners association. A lot of 2nd homes and just summer residents. 40 minutes to Jackson, 90 to Idaho Falls. Then there the rest of the 2 valleys http://www.starvalley.com/
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