AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine, named Cheyenne, Wyoming one of the top 10 most affordable places to retire for 2011. This year, magazine editors considered a combination of affordability and quality of life when choosing communities for its annual Best Places list.
“The recognition of Cheyenne as being in the top 10 livable cities by AARP The Magazine is most welcoming news. Such recognition is testimony of the efforts undertaken by both the public and private sectors to build a strong and vibrant community,” Cheyenne Mayor Rick Kaysen said. “These efforts will be on-going to ensure the Cheyenne community moves forward. I am most appreciative, not only for the recognition, but the commitment and caring of Cheyenne’s residents and businesses.”
Local AARP officials are not surprised Cheyenne has won such an honor.
“AARP has been asking Baby Boomers about their wants and needs for nearly 30 years,” AARP Wyoming Director Tim Summers said. “Cheyenne meets many of the criteria for what Baby Boomers are looking for in a place to live. We have a low cost of living, no income tax, no taxes on pensions, low sales tax and one of the lowest property tax rates in the nation. We have a low crime rate, a small-town feel and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, but we also have great amenities, like the Greenway, the Botanic Gardens, the Symphony, a fantastic library, and access to college-level courses at LCCC.”
Each of the 10 cities shares equally in the ranking, which includes, Cheyenne, Wyoming; Columbus, Indiana; Gainesville, Georgia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Ithaca, New York; Portland, Maine; Midland, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Wenatchee, Washington; and Winchester, Virginia. Descriptions detailing why each community was chosen are available online.
“More and more AARP members in Cheyenne tell us that they came here on vacation to Frontier Days, to hunt, to fish or to camp nearby and decided it would be a nice place to live,” Summers said. “Cheyenne is home to the AARP National Spelling Bee, which attracts spellers from across the country who consistently tell us what a warm welcome they receive in Cheyenne and how friendly and helpful people are to them during their stay here. It’s great that Cheyenne is getting the recognition it deserves.”