These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Wyoming For 2019


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

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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 2019:

  1. Rafter J Ranch (Homes)
  2. South Park (Homes)
  3. Wilson (Homes)
  4. Moose Wilson Road (Homes)
  5. Hoback (Homes)
  6. Vista West (Homes)
  7. Pinedale (Photos | Homes)
  8. Kemmerer (Photos | Homes)
  9. Lyman (Photos | Homes)
  10. Marbleton (Homes)

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:

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 – 38 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 38, 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.

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 1,565
Median Income: $122,059 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $689,900 (4th Best)
More on Rafter J Ranch: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,579
Median Income: $103,358 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $882,100 (3rd Best)
More on South Park: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,991
Median Income: $115,363 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $1,121,400 (1st Best)
More on Wilson: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,443
Median Income: $76,250 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $1,086,800 (2nd Best)
More on Moose Wilson Road: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 1,409
Median Income: $113,836 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $529,400 (5th Best)
More on Hoback: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,030
Median Income: $94,609 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $330,400 (6th Best)
More on Vista West: Data | Homes For Sale

Pinedale, WY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,003
Median Income: $78,194 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $239,500 (9th Best)
More on Pinedale: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Kemmerer, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,730
Median Income: $63,750 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $170,200 (21st Best)
More on Kemmerer: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Lyman, WY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,045
Median Income: $80,673 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $190,400 (15th Best)
More on Lyman: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Marbleton, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,396
Median Income: $74,135 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $153,800 (24th Best)
More on Marbleton: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,772
Median Income: $77,357 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $218,400 (11th Best)
More on Bar Nunn: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,112
Median Income: $62,656 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $215,100 (12th Best)
More on Ranchester: Data | Homes For Sale

Wheatland, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,617
Median Income: $46,924 (31st Best)
Median Home Value: $166,200 (22nd Best)
More on Wheatland: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Wright, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,851
Median Income: $75,500 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $172,400 (17th Best)
More on Wright: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,489
Median Income: $73,864 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $266,200 (7th Best)
More on Star Valley Ranch: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,464
Median Income: $60,662 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $197,000 (14th Best)
More on Sundance: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,027
Median Income: $75,139 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $254,700 (8th Best)
More on North Rock Springs: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,173
Median Income: $58,214 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $170,900 (20th Best)
More on Mountain View: Data | Homes For Sale

Saratoga, WY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,686
Median Income: $73,476 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $171,100 (19th Best)
More on Saratoga: Data | Homes For Sale

Thermopolis, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,935
Median Income: $50,417 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $140,400 (27th Best)
More on Thermopolis: PhotosData | 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 1,565 $122,059.0 $689,900.0
2 South Park 1,579 $103,358.0 $882,100.0
3 Wilson 1,991 $115,363.0 $1,121,400.0
4 Moose Wilson Road 1,443 $76,250.0 $1,086,800.0
5 Hoback 1,409 $113,836.0 $529,400.0
6 Vista West 1,030 $94,609.0 $330,400.0
7 Pinedale 2,003 $78,194.0 $239,500.0
8 Kemmerer 2,730 $63,750.0 $170,200.0
9 Lyman 2,045 $80,673.0 $190,400.0
10 Marbleton 1,396 $74,135.0 $153,800.0
11 Bar Nunn 2,772 $77,357.0 $218,400.0
12 Ranchester 1,112 $62,656.0 $215,100.0
13 Wheatland 3,617 $46,924.0 $166,200.0
14 Wright 1,851 $75,500.0 $172,400.0
15 Star Valley Ranch 1,489 $73,864.0 $266,200.0
16 Sundance 1,464 $60,662.0 $197,000.0
17 North Rock Springs 2,027 $75,139.0 $254,700.0
18 Mountain View 1,173 $58,214.0 $170,900.0
19 Saratoga 1,686 $73,476.0 $171,100.0
20 Thermopolis 2,935 $50,417.0 $140,400.0
21 Pine Bluffs 1,108 $46,950.0 $159,400.0
22 Afton 2,407 $52,730.0 $202,600.0
23 Guernsey 1,137 $53,981.0 $127,700.0
24 Buffalo 4,606 $50,090.0 $226,600.0
25 Newcastle 3,480 $53,171.0 $141,000.0
26 Glenrock 2,671 $55,188.0 $185,100.0
27 Greybull 1,876 $41,563.0 $104,600.0
28 Lusk 1,783 $38,550.0 $118,300.0
29 Basin 1,574 $49,821.0 $132,500.0
30 Lovell 2,622 $43,906.0 $143,500.0
31 South Greeley 4,487 $48,565.0 $52,900.0
32 Evansville 2,929 $42,140.0 $172,200.0
33 Mills 3,817 $38,512.0 $108,400.0
34 Clearview Acres 1,416 $48,263.0 $100,700.0
35 Purple Sage 1,019 $54,292.0 $32,700.0
36 Fort Washakie 1,928 $44,271.0 $119,300.0
37 Ethete 1,747 $52,917.0 $137,500.0
38 Arapahoe 1,586 $44,167.0 $129,000.0

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