10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Wyoming For 2019


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 2019. This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in Wyoming.

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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.

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:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Wyoming For 2019

Wheatland, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,617
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 24.3%
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.

Kemmerer, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,730
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 69
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 24.2%
More on Kemmerer: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Green River, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 12,396
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 35.2%
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: 6,723
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 27.6%
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

8.5
/10

Population: 32,104
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 66
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 19.6%
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.

Rawlins, WY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,112
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 32.9%
More on Rawlins: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Cody, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 9,826
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 29.1%
More on Cody: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Buffalo, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,606
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 23.2%
More on Buffalo: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Afton, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,407
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 33.0%
More on Afton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Worland, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,310
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 31.1%
More on Worland: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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 26 cities.

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 Wheatland, WY 3,617 47
2 Kemmerer, WY 2,730 51
3 Green River, WY 12,396 48
4 Torrington, WY 6,723 54
5 Laramie, WY 32,104 64
6 Rawlins, WY 9,112 60
7 Cody, WY 9,826 50
8 Buffalo, WY 4,606 35
9 Afton, WY 2,407 38
10 Worland, WY 5,310 36

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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