Best Places To Raise A Family In Wyoming For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Wyoming have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for families in Wyoming.

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Why choose Wyoming? Wyomingites think you should choose Wyoming because it is one of the most family friendly states in the country.

We agree that there are certain states that are more family friendly than others; heck, the Equality State is our seventh most family friendly state for 2020. But, we needed more evidence. So, HomeSnacks set out to determine the most family friendly places in Wyoming for 2020.

How did we determine Wyoming's most family friendly places? We consulted the US Census on places in the Cowboy State with more than 2,000 residents. We looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We ended up with 25 family friendly Wyoming places that any family would be lucky to call home.

We discovered that there are family friendly places for every budget. Wyoming has hip places like Cheyenne where your babies can safely grow up to be cowboys and cowgirls, idyllic 'how the west was won' places like Rock Springs, and upscale places like Jackson for families who don't have to worry about being on a budget.

Incidentally, Wyoming is the tenth biggest state, but the least populous state. We think that's all the more reason to raise your family in this flyover state: there's plenty of room for your kids to run and there's plenty of opportunity to make a difference.

Want to know more? Take a look below at our breakdown of Wyoming's most family friendly places for 2020.

So, if you want boatloads of that good, wholesome, family friendly fun at your fingertips, Wyoming is your state. Heck, you can take your family to a rodeo in Cody and camping in Yellowstone National Park all in the same weekend.

Yes, there's a lot of family friendly fun to be had in Wyoming; but, there can only be one number one best place in the Cowboy State to raise a family. And that, folks, would be Kemmerer.

To see how your favorite place in Wyoming compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.

Check out some more reading about Wyoming and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Wyoming For 2020

Kemmerer, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,730
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 28.3%
More on Kemmerer: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Wheatland, WY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,609
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 26.1%
More on Wheatland: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Wheatland is a town in and the county seat of Platte County in southeastern Wyoming, United States. The population was 3,627 at the 2010 census.

Green River, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,278
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 71
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 38.1%
More on Green River: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Green River is a city in and the county seat of Sweetwater County, Wyoming, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. The population was 12,515 at the 2010 census.

Torrington, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,717
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 30.8%
More on Torrington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Torrington is a city in, and the county seat of, Goshen County, Wyoming United States. The population was 6,501 at the 2010 census.

Laramie, WY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 32,178
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 20.4%
More on Laramie: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Laramie is a city and the county seat of Albany County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 30,816 at the 2010 census. Located on the Laramie River in southeastern Wyoming, the city is west of Cheyenne, at the junction of Interstate 80 and U.S. Route 287.

Review Of Laramie by HomeSnacks User

Laramie is a university town with a variety of activities for people of all ages. Attitudes are easy going and accepting. People are open, honest, and freindly. There are mulitple local places of historical interest, natural wonders and avenues of adventure.

The Snowy mountain range was my favorite place with gorgous granite scenery, lakes, and seasonal hiking,skiing and snowboarding. The university always had activities going on in arts, sciences, and sports. Native American culture was highlighted as well as exploration and developemnt of the west.

Worland, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,236
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 33.5%
More on Worland: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Rawlins, WY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,975
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 36.6%
More on Rawlins: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Glenrock, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,620
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 30
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 38.9%
More on Glenrock: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Glenrock, known as Deer Creek Station, had its beginning as a mail and stage station along the Oregon Trail. The station served as a relay and eating place and was a vital supply point for thousands of emigrants as they traveled westward. The discovery of oil in 1889 greatly contributed to the economy of central Wyoming and especially Glenrock.

Lander, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,621
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 30.8%
More on Lander: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lander is a city in, and the county seat of, Fremont County, Wyoming, United States. Named for transcontinental explorer Frederick W. Lander, Lander is located in central Wyoming, along the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River. A tourism center with several dude ranches nearby, Lander is located just south of the Wind River Indian Reservation. The population was 7,487 at the 2010 census.

Douglas, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,402
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 28.5%
More on Douglas: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Douglas is a city in Converse County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 6,120 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Converse County and the home of the Wyoming State Fair.

How do you determine which place is best for families in Wyoming anyways?

To give you the places in Wyoming which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Equality State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Wyoming, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 2,000 people. For Wyoming, that meant a total of 25 cities. You can download the data here.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Raise A Family In Wyoming

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in Wyoming ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the best cities for singles Wyoming according to the data:

  1. Evansville
  2. Powell
  3. Riverton

For more wyoming reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Wyoming?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Kemmerer, WY 2,730 49
2 Wheatland, WY 3,609 52
3 Green River, WY 12,278 68
4 Torrington, WY 6,717 51
5 Laramie, WY 32,178 73
6 Worland, WY 5,236 52
7 Rawlins, WY 8,975 70
8 Glenrock, WY 2,620 52
9 Lander, WY 7,621 37
10 Douglas, WY 6,402 62

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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