Buffalo : Wyoming

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What it's Like to Retire in Buffalo

5,000 people live in this comfortable, quaint community high in the mountains, oftentimes described as the Mayberry of the west. Buffalo is a classic, genuine Western town, 135 miles away from Yellowstone National Park. People are friendly, and welcoming. The atmosphere is conservative and its residents enjoy the outdoor life: fishing, snowboarding, and camping in the Big Horn mountains are all popular activities.There are no big chain stores, but the town is well equipped with a hardware store, a pharmacy, banks, restaurants, an internet cafe, and a little bit of everything; larger shopping can be done in Sheridan 30 miles away.
Photo of the Occidental Hotel courtesy of Acroterion and Wikipedia; photo of Johnson County Courthouse courtesy of Wikipedia and Caveman 1949.


Where to Retire in Buffalo and Home Prices

Median list price was a little under $200,000 in late 2014.


What is special about Buffalo

Buffalo is famous for the Occidental Hotel, named by the National Geographic as one of the top 129 hotels in North America. Built in 1880, it is also a mini museum, saloon, and fine restaurant.

What is not special about Buffalo

Limited shopping and a relatively remote location can be a dampener for some.

Who will like retirement in Buffalo

Those who have a taste for traditional Western flavor, the outdoors, and good old-fashioned conservatism are comfortable here.

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Climate and Physical Environment

Buffalo is infamously humid, only receiving 13 inches of precipitation a year. Summer temperatures are in the 70s and 80s, while winters are in the teens, 20s and 30s.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Parades, rodeos, cookouts, Western re-enactments and plays are all popular, especially in the summertime. The Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum boasts over 10,000 Western and Native American artifacts. There is an active senior center.


Crime is about half of the national average.

Medical facilities

Johnson County Health Center is a 25 bed acute care center for the region.


The Buffalo Area Transit System offers bus service and a van.

Valuable Links

Buffalo on Wikipedia

What people are saying about Buffalo

Buffalo Wy
We had the pleasure of vacationing earlier this summer in the Big Horn Mountains and stopped briefly in Buffalo. Our general impression was that it was a pleasant small friendly community. You can get most of what you need at the local stores for daily living, but if you need anything special, you will likely have to shop out of town or on the internet. But the real plus here is that Buffalo hangs right on the edge of the Big Horn Mountains. In 15 minutes you can be up to 9700 feet into spectacular mountain scenery. Lots of great camping, snowmobiling, skiing, wildlife viewing (like stopping to wait for the moose to cross the road). If you are into the outdoors, it's a great spot.
Posted by dorkchester on June 20, 2012

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