In the search for assisted living, Wyoming should be at the top of the list for anyone seeking a quiet retirement surrounded by spectacular scenery and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.
“Big Wyoming” is actually the least populous U.S. state, with roughly the same amount of total residents as the country’s 30th most populous city — the metro area of Wyoming’s capital and largest city, Cheyenne, has only around 86,000 people. It’s the vastness of the state’s landscape, rather, that earns Wyoming its nickname and draws millions of tourists every year. Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 and known for both its wildlife and its size, is the country’s first national park and Wyoming’s most prominent attraction. Also in the state’s northeastern region are the jagged peaks of Grand Teton National Park and the valley known as Jackson Hole. Wyoming’s other natural wonders include the Devils Tower and Fossil Butte national monuments, along with several subranges of the Rockies such as the Granite Mountains, the Bighorn Mountains, and the Laramie Mountains.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with 12 senior living communities in Wyoming that provide assisted living.
The median monthly cost of assisted living in Wyoming is about $4,700.
Assisted living communities are regulated by the Wyoming Department of Health, Office of Healthcare Licensing and Surveys. Public access to assisted living records and violations history in Wyoming is rated as high. You can use the state’s facility locator to research the violation history of an assisted living community.
In Wyoming, an assisted living facility is a dwelling operated by any person, firm, or corporation engaged in providing limited nursing care, personal care, and boarding home care for persons not related to the owner of the facility. Personal care includes assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, eating, walking, physical transfer, giving medications, or helping residents give themselves medications. This definition may include facilities with secured units and facilities dedicated to special care and services for people with Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia.
Overall, the cost of living in Wyoming is considered to be more affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 17% of Wyoming’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Wyoming leaned strongly conservative.
With significant changes in elevation throughout the state, Wyoming has several different climate classifications. In the grasslands of the state’s eastern region — which is part of the Great Plains — the climate is largely classified as cold semi-arid or warm-summer humid continental, with a potential for extreme temperature swings in both summer and winter, and not much precipitation. In the many mountain ranges spread across Wyoming’s central and western regions, temperatures become much cooler, with climate classifications including subarctic and tundra in the higher elevations. Some mountainous areas receive abundant snowfall throughout the year.
Moderate air quality means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.