10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Wyoming For 2018


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.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Wyoming? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Equality State:

  1. Laramie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Wheatland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Rawlins (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Worland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Kemmerer (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Newcastle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Green River (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Casper (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Torrington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Thermopolis (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re thinking of making a move to Wyoming, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out some more reading about Wyoming and the best places for families in the country:

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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.

Read on to see why Laramie is where all the families are headed, while Powell is probably a place made for singles.

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Laramie, WY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 32,096
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 69
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 21.3%
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.

Wheatland, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,633
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 64
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.

Rawlins, WY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,114
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 34.5%
More on Rawlins: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Worland, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,383
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 30.6%
More on Worland: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Kemmerer, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,710
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 27.8%
More on Kemmerer: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Newcastle, WY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,503
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 29.1%
More on Newcastle: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Newcastle is a city in and the county seat of Weston County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 3,532 at the 2010 census.

Green River, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 12,574
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 36.9%
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.

Casper, WY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 59,397
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 70
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 31.1%
More on Casper: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Casper is a city in and the county seat of Natrona County, Wyoming, United States. Casper is the second largest city in the state, according to the 2010 census, with a population of 55,316. Only Cheyenne, the state capital, is larger. Casper is nicknamed “The Oil City” and has a long history of oil boomtown and cowboy culture, dating back to the development of the nearby Salt Creek Oil Field. In 2010, Casper was named the highest-ranked family-friendly small city in the West, and ranked eighth overall in the nation in Forbes magazine’s list of “the best small cities to raise a family”.

Torrington, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,759
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 27.9%
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.

Thermopolis, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,918
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 24.8%
More on Thermopolis: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Thermopolis is the largest town in Hot Springs County, Wyoming, United States, and also the county seat. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 3,009.

“Thermopolis” is from the Greek for “Hot City”. It is home to numerous natural hot springs, in which mineral-laden waters are heated by geothermal processes. The town is named for the hot springs located there.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Grow Up 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. Powell
  2. Evansville
  3. Riverton

For more Wyoming reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Wyoming

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Laramie 32,096 75
2 Wheatland 3,633 58
3 Rawlins 9,114 72
4 Worland 5,383 56
5 Kemmerer 2,710 43
6 Newcastle 3,503 37
7 Green River 12,574 47
8 Casper 59,397 48
9 Torrington 6,759 44
10 Thermopolis 2,918 62
11 Buffalo 4,619 35
12 Cody 9,776 66
13 Lander 7,744 49
14 Sheridan 17,866 53
15 Cheyenne 62,879 72
16 Glenrock 2,607 33
17 Evanston 12,179 37
18 Gillette 32,033 36
19 Douglas 6,478 41
20 Rock Springs 23,967 50
21 Mills 3,677 58
22 Jackson 10,279 56
23 Riverton 11,044 55
24 Evansville 2,880 50
25 Powell 6,396 36

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