These Are The 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.


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)
  2. Wheatland
  3. Rawlins (Photos)
  4. Worland (Photos)
  5. Kemmerer
  6. Newcastle
  7. Green River (Photos)
  8. Casper (Photos)
  9. Torrington (Photos)
  10. Thermopolis

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 the best places to live in Wyoming and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Wyoming.

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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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1. Laramie

Laramie, Wy

Source: Public domain

Population: 32,096
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 66
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 21.3%
Laramie /lærmi/ 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.

2. Wheatland

Wheatland, Wy

Population: 3,633
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 26.1%

3. Rawlins

Rawlins, Wy

Population: 9,114
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 34.5%

4. Worland

Worland, Wy

Population: 5,383
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 30.6%

5. Kemmerer

Kemmerer, Wy

Population: 2,710
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 27.8%

6. Newcastle

Newcastle, Wy

Population: 3,503
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 39
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 29.1%

7. Green River

Green River, Wy

Population: 12,574
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 36.9%
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.

8. Casper

Casper, Wy

Source: Public domain

Population: 59,397
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 48
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 31.1%
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’.

9. Torrington

Torrington, Wy

Population: 6,759
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 50
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 27.9%
Torrington is a city in, and the county seat of, Goshen County, Wyoming United States. The population was 6,501 at the 2010 census.

10. Thermopolis

Thermopolis, Wy

Population: 2,918
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 24.8%

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. Powell
  2. Evansville
  3. Riverton

For more Wyoming reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Wyoming

City Rank Population Amenities Score
Laramie 1 32,096 72
Wheatland 2 3,633 52
Rawlins 3 9,114 68
Worland 4 5,383 55
Kemmerer 5 2,710 65
Newcastle 6 3,503 41
Green River 7 12,574 60
Casper 8 59,397 58
Torrington 9 6,759 50
Thermopolis 10 2,918 45
Buffalo 11 4,619 42
Cody 12 9,776 68
Lander 13 7,744 47
Sheridan 14 17,866 50
Cheyenne 15 62,879 60
Glenrock 16 2,607 30
Evanston 17 12,179 46
Gillette 18 32,033 54
Douglas 19 6,478 61
Rock Springs 20 23,967 57
Mills 21 3,677 52
Jackson 22 10,279 67
Riverton 23 11,044 54
Evansville 24 2,880 38
Powell 25 6,396 35

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