These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Wyoming For 2018


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Wyoming are the best of the best.

Join HomeSnacks
This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Data updated for 2018.

Swipe left for slideshow. Article continues below.
Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Wyoming, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Equality State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Wyoming based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Wyoming ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Wyoming for 2018:

  1. Rafter J Ranch (Homes For Sale)
  2. South Park (Homes For Sale)
  3. Sleepy Hollow (Homes For Sale)
  4. Wilson (Homes For Sale)
  5. Moose Wilson Road (Homes For Sale)
  6. Vista West (Homes For Sale)
  7. Antelope Valley-Crestview (Homes For Sale)
  8. Pinedale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Bar Nunn (Homes For Sale)
  10. Kemmerer (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Rafter J Ranch, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Equality State check out:

Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Wyoming

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 42 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 42, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Wyoming. Top of that list — Rafter J Ranch.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Wyoming.

Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

1. Rafter J Ranch


Population: 1,466
Median Income: $116,875 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $664,200 (4th Best)
More on Rafter J Ranch: Data| Homes For Sale

2. South Park


Population: 1,557
Median Income: $98,611 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $784,900 (3rd Best)
More on South Park: Data| Homes For Sale

3. Sleepy Hollow


Population: 1,080
Median Income: $107,043 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $217,000 (12th Best)
More on Sleepy Hollow: Data| Homes For Sale

4. Wilson


Population: 2,050
Median Income: $99,792 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $1,131,500 (2nd Best)
More on Wilson: Data| Homes For Sale

5. Moose Wilson Road


Population: 1,736
Median Income: $96,154 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $1,188,800 (1st Best)
More on Moose Wilson Road: Data| Homes For Sale

6. Vista West


Population: 1,016
Median Income: $87,361 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $315,800 (5th Best)
More on Vista West: Data| Homes For Sale

7. Antelope Valley-Crestview


Population: 1,498
Median Income: $100,403 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $231,600 (10th Best)
More on Antelope Valley-Crestview: Data| Homes For Sale

8. Pinedale

Pinedale, WY

Population: 2,044
Median Income: $73,879 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $237,500 (7th Best)
More on Pinedale: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

9. Bar Nunn


Population: 2,682
Median Income: $73,800 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $211,000 (13th Best)
More on Bar Nunn: Data| Homes For Sale

10. Kemmerer

Kemmerer, WY

Population: 2,710
Median Income: $62,992 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $173,800 (19th Best)
More on Kemmerer: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

11. Dayton


Population: 1,008
Median Income: $68,088 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $194,700 (14th Best)
More on Dayton: Data| Homes For Sale

12. Story


Population: 1,000
Median Income: $44,138 (34th Best)
Median Home Value: $236,800 (8th Best)
More on Story: Data| Homes For Sale

13. Marbleton


Population: 1,357
Median Income: $74,375 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $144,500 (27th Best)
More on Marbleton: Data| Homes For Sale

14. North Rock Springs


Population: 2,098
Median Income: $76,700 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $231,800 (9th Best)
More on North Rock Springs: Data| Homes For Sale

15. Lyman

Lyman, WY

Population: 2,197
Median Income: $75,875 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $177,900 (18th Best)
More on Lyman: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

16. Star Valley Ranch


Population: 1,535
Median Income: $72,955 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $271,700 (6th Best)
More on Star Valley Ranch: Data| Homes For Sale

17. Wright

Wright, WY

Population: 2,326
Median Income: $76,905 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $185,600 (16th Best)
More on Wright: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

18. Thermopolis

Thermopolis, WY

Population: 2,918
Median Income: $45,668 (32nd Best)
Median Home Value: $137,300 (29th Best)
More on Thermopolis: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

19. Mountain View


Population: 1,333
Median Income: $56,477 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $169,200 (21st Best)
More on Mountain View: Data| Homes For Sale

20. Sundance


Population: 1,310
Median Income: $58,974 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $188,900 (15th Best)
More on Sundance: Data| Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in Wyoming are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Wyoming:

  1. Arapahoe
  2. Ethete
  3. Fort Washakie

For more Wyoming reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Wyoming

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Rafter J Ranch 1,466 $116,875 $664,200
2 South Park 1,557 $98,611 $784,900
3 Sleepy Hollow 1,080 $107,043 $217,000
4 Wilson 2,050 $99,792 $1,131,500
5 Moose Wilson Road 1,736 $96,154 $1,188,800
6 Vista West 1,016 $87,361 $315,800
7 Antelope Valley-Crestview 1,498 $100,403 $231,600
8 Pinedale 2,044 $73,879 $237,500
9 Bar Nunn 2,682 $73,800 $211,000
10 Kemmerer 2,710 $62,992 $173,800
11 Dayton 1,008 $68,088 $194,700
12 Story 1,000 $44,138 $236,800
13 Marbleton 1,357 $74,375 $144,500
14 North Rock Springs 2,098 $76,700 $231,800
15 Lyman 2,197 $75,875 $177,900
16 Star Valley Ranch 1,535 $72,955 $271,700
17 Wright 2,326 $76,905 $185,600
18 Thermopolis 2,918 $45,668 $137,300
19 Mountain View 1,333 $56,477 $169,200
20 Sundance 1,310 $58,974 $188,900
21 Pine Bluffs 1,159 $56,838 $153,900
22 Wheatland 3,633 $38,198 $167,300
23 Clearview Acres 1,087 $50,000 $96,800
24 Basin 1,551 $51,141 $141,400
25 Buffalo 4,619 $50,096 $224,700
26 Saratoga 1,830 $58,558 $166,400
27 Lusk 1,796 $38,750 $121,500
28 Afton 1,888 $50,208 $185,200
29 Moorcroft 1,043 $70,234 $159,200
30 Upton 1,081 $61,205 $132,500
31 Lovell 2,347 $40,898 $117,500
32 Glenrock 2,607 $60,263 $170,400
33 Greybull 1,969 $42,829 $99,400
34 South Greeley 4,345 $46,533 $48,800
35 Newcastle 3,503 $45,920 $129,000
36 Evansville 2,880 $39,623 $164,300
37 Mills 3,677 $35,701 $100,400
38 Guernsey 1,070 $41,750 $116,800
39 Fox Farm-College 4,505 $33,015 $28,200
40 Fort Washakie 1,873 $44,250 $119,600
41 Ethete 1,751 $51,250 $116,300
42 Arapahoe 1,549 $46,442 $110,500

Like HomeSnacks on Facebook:

Facebook Discussion