These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Wyoming For 2018
We used data and science to determine the places in Wyoming where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Wyoming, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Wyoming is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Equality State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 25 places in Wyoming with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Worland (Photos)
- Laramie (Photos)
- Sheridan (Photos)
- Green River (Photos)
- Cody (Photos)
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:
How we calculated the safest cities in Wyoming
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
For example, there were a total of 68 crimes committed in Worland which had a reported population of 5,348. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0127 which translates into a 1 in 79 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 2,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 25 places in Wyoming to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 25 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Wyoming".
The safest city, based on population, is Worland. The most dangerous? Riverton, where residents had a 1 in 17 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.
Population: 5,348Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 112 (4th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,159 (4th safest)
Taking the crown as the safest city in Wyoming for 2018 is Worland -- a classic example of everything that makes Wyoming great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 86.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 891 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.
Population: 32,411Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 117 (6th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,265 (5th safest)
If you're thinking of moving to Wyoming and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Laramie -- the 2nd safest in the Equality State.
Laramie is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.
You only had a 1 in 79.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Laramie.
Population: 17,956Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 7) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 94 (2nd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,016 (13th safest)
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Sheridan ranks as the 3rd safest city in Wyoming.
Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Sheridan.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
Population: 2,757Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 253 (16th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 580 (1st safest)You might be surprised to find Kemmerer this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Kemmerer is surpised.
This gem of a place in the Equality State boasts the 1st best property crime rate and 16th best violent crime rate for 2018.
Population: 2,967Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 235 (15th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,078 (3rd safest)
Finishing just inside the top five is Thermopolis, WY.
You get what you pay for in Thermopolis -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 423 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Thermopolis residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to Thermopolis in heartbeat.
Population: 3,537Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 197 (11th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,526 (8th safest)
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Newcastle, the 6th safest city in Wyoming.
The town of some 3,537 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Newcastle a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there Newcastle?
7. Green River
Population: 12,477Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 256 (17th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 953 (2nd safest)
Green River is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Wyoming.
It has 1 in 104.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 389 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Wyoming.
Population: 4,640Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 7) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 150 (8th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,875 (12th safest)
The eighth safest city in Wyoming for 2018 goes to Buffalo. Let's see why.
There were only 7 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 87 property crimes to boot.
Population: 9,842Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 111 (3rd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,245 (17th safest)
If you're looking for a safe place to live in Wyoming, may we present Cody as an option.
While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Wyoming, it still has an impressively low crime rate.
221 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 17th best in Wyoming on a rate basis.
Population: 3,665Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 218 (14th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,718 (9th safest)
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Wheatland.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Wheatland residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 8 violent crimes and 63 property crimes in Wheatland; that's really good for a place of 3,665 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
There You Have It - The Safest In Wyoming
Looking at the data, you can tell that Worland is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Wyoming residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.Most dangerous cities in Wyoming:3rd Most Dangerous: Evansville 2nd Most Dangerous: Cheyenne Most Dangerous: Riverton
Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In Wyoming For 2018