Laramie : Wyoming

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What Laramie is like for active adults

Laramie is a college town in southeastern Wyoming, home to the University of Wyoming. It is a vibrant place to live and  wonderful place for people who love the outdoors, thanks to nearby mountains and wilderness. The ruins of Fort Sanders, an old army fort, lie just south of the city. There are a number of locations on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Downtown Historical District. Located in the Laramie Valley. The population is about 30,000, with many more when the university is in session.

The Community Recreation Center features outdoor and indoor swimming pools, an eight-lane lap pool, a full-court gymnasium, cardio equipment, an indoor playground, along with regular fitness classes. There is also an Ice Arena.

In 2011, Laramie was named as the best city to retire by Money Magazine due to its scenic location, low taxes and educational opportunities. Photos courtesy of Wikipedia: downtown by Matthew Trump and Lake Marie and Medicine Bow Peak by Photomnt.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

The median price of a home was about $220,000 at the end of 2013, according to City-data.com.  There are different neighborhoods and developments to choose from.

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What is special about this retirement community
Laramie is a lively college town near the Medicine Bow mountains - a lot of people move here and never leave. There is no income tax in Wyoming. Laramie has 14 parks and residents have access to the University's 18 hole golf course.
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What is not special about this retirement community
Laramie is very cold in winter and it is a fairly small town a long way from any city.
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What kinds of people like retiring here
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Local economy is driven by
The University is the major driver of the economy, although a number of high tech startups are in the area. It is also the County Seat.
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Climate and Physical Environment
Laramie is in southeastern Wyoming about 40 miles from Cheyenne and 113 miles north of Denver. It is on a high plain between the Snowy and the Laramie Mountains. The Laramie River runs through town.The average January low is 8 degrees and the average July high is 79. Its elevation is above 7,000'.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Laramie Jubilee Days is a big annual festival to celebrate Wyoming Statehood Day on July 10. The University has  the Geological Museum. The Fine Arts Concert Hall on campus presents frequent concerts and recitals during the school year. The Laramie Plains Museum is located in the Ivinson Mansion near the center of town. There is also a children's museum.
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Crime
The crime rate is well below average.
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Medical facilities
Ivinson Memorial Hospital provides emergency services. Other hospitals are in Cheyenne, 30 miles away.
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Transportation
Laramie Regional Airport.
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Valuable Links
Laramie Chamber of Commerce
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What people are saying about Laramie

Living in Laramie
I really enjoyed the eight years that I spent in Laramie going to the University of Wyoming and working there as well. Laramie is a great town with a real \"old West\" feel to it. The University has many cultural events that should be sufficient to satisfy most people. One caution is the altitude is 7,200 feet and people who have respiratory diseases may encounter difficulties with noticeably less oxygen. One\'s body adjusts over time by creating more red corpuscles but it is still not the best environment for people with lung problems.
Posted by Dave1944 on May 22, 2014

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Facts about LARAMIE
  • State: WY
  • Environment: College Town,Mountain,Outdoor Oriented,
  • City Population: 25,001-50,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 0 -20
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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