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Wyoming picked as best state for retirees

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"We came in and met people and it's been wonderful," said Jacky Jones.

Jones moved from Arizona to Sheridan right after she retired ten years ago. More and more people are choosing to spend their retirement years in Wyoming.

"Sheridan is an older community compared to a lot of other counties in Wyoming. And Wyoming has a higher percentage of older people than many states," said Sheridan Senior Center executive director Carmen Rideout.

A Sheridan Senior Center study in 2011 showed 41 percent of the local population is at least 50 years of age. Many of those people are choosing to spend their later years in the same place they spent their youth.

"We have a lot of people who grew up here, who may be moved away and worked elsewhere, but then they want to come back. The mountains here in Sheridan County have a real particular draw to people," said D.A. Davidson financial advisor Susie Ponce.

A National Institute of Retirement Security study tabbed Wyoming as the best state for future retirees and the state that provides the most financial security.

"We don't have a state income tax. And a lot of Wyoming towns, not only do they have the quality of life, but they have pretty reasonable cost of living," said Ponce.

Jones says the outdoor scenery is a major factor in the area's quality of life.

"Number one, looking at clean air, not breathing a dark cloud. And within a half-hour you can be in the mountains," said Jones.

Governor Matt Mead says in a statement that the NIRS ranking recognizes Wyoming's conservative and forward thinking culture and the work of both the private sector and government leaders over the years.

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