These Are The 10 Best Small Towns In Wyoming


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. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in Wyoming (in which to live):

  1. Dayton
  2. Big Piney
  3. Rolling Hills
  4. Alpine
  5. Ranchester
  6. Elk Mountain
  7. Pine Haven
  8. Sinclair
  9. Lingle
  10. Cokeville

If you live in one of these small towns like Dayton, 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.

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How We Determined The Best Small Towns In Wyoming

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 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)
  • High School Dropouts (Lower is better)
  • Crime Rates (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 46 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 46, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Wyoming. Top of that list — Dayton.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 10 best small towns in Wyoming.

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1. Dayton


Population 2014: 720
Median Income: $60,469
Median Home Price: $196,700
Crime Per 100k: 2,029

2. Big Piney

Big Piney, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 634
Median Income: $54,250
Median Home Price: $177,300
Crime Per 100k: 1,902

3. Rolling Hills


Population 2014: 571
Median Income: $77,857
Median Home Price: $197,000
Crime Per 100k: 2,234

4. Alpine


Population 2014: 861
Median Income: $56,204
Median Home Price: $211,300
Crime Per 100k: 2,106

5. Ranchester


Population 2014: 683
Median Income: $53,182
Median Home Price: $201,300
Crime Per 100k: 2,120

6. Elk Mountain


Population 2014: 229
Median Income: $63,462
Median Home Price: $142,900
Crime Per 100k: 2,609

7. Pine Haven


Population 2014: 399
Median Income: $77,083
Median Home Price: $186,500
Crime Per 100k: 1,767

8. Sinclair


Population 2014: 477
Median Income: $82,132
Median Home Price: $111,600
Crime Per 100k: 2,319

9. Lingle


Population 2014: 529
Median Income: $45,125
Median Home Price: $122,300
Crime Per 100k: 2,802

10. Cokeville


Population 2014: 807
Median Income: $56,563
Median Home Price: $147,600
Crime Per 100k: 2,825

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 10 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. Yoder
  2. Shoshoni
  3. Medicine Bow

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Wyoming

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price Crime Per 100k
Dayton 1 720 $60,469 $196,700 2,029
Big Piney 2 634 $54,250 $177,300 1,902
Rolling Hills 3 571 $77,857 $197,000 2,234
Alpine 4 861 $56,204 $211,300 2,106
Ranchester 5 683 $53,182 $201,300 2,120
Elk Mountain 6 229 $63,462 $142,900 2,609
Pine Haven 7 399 $77,083 $186,500 1,767
Sinclair 8 477 $82,132 $111,600 2,319
Lingle 9 529 $45,125 $122,300 2,802
Cokeville 10 807 $56,563 $147,600 2,825
Bear River 11 897 $73,000 $220,700 2,047
Clearmont 12 134 $61,250 $131,300 2,777
Encampment 13 277 $50,417 $87,900 2,597
Upton 14 951 $55,870 $115,400 2,540
Kaycee 15 275 $60,938 $69,400 2,920
Baggs 16 388 $36,908 $120,600 2,681
Dubois 17 770 $35,524 $154,500 2,415
La Barge 18 544 $52,056 $155,900 2,340
Cowley 19 596 $56,875 $107,700 2,823
Rock River 20 264 $55,000 $86,000 2,853
Hulett 21 512 $51,719 $111,000 2,668
La Grange 22 288 $22,639 $114,600 3,316
East Thermopolis 23 315 $19,750 $103,600 2,943
Wamsutter 24 340 $62,708 $89,000 2,711
Meeteetse 25 347 $43,333 $132,400 2,714
Pavillion 26 166 $37,321 $71,400 2,960
Bairoil 27 116 $68,000 $53,800 3,099
Burlington 28 217 $34,500 $119,300 3,051
Kirby 29 100 $67,708 $113,400 2,789
Superior 30 200 $62,500 $75,000 3,062
Fort Laramie 31 165 $37,596 $75,600 3,137
Hanna 32 801 $32,679 $93,300 606
Edgerton 33 306 $32,031 $58,700 3,130
Albin 34 139 $40,750 $55,000 3,202
Ten Sleep 35 180 $33,333 $96,300 2,898
Hudson 36 414 $34,167 $92,300 2,989
Chugwater 37 190 $35,000 $102,500 2,917
Byron 38 678 $51,406 $76,400 3,257
Burns 39 337 $43,889 $92,500 3,099
Deaver 40 163 $49,250 $82,500 2,982
Thayne 41 470 $34,583 $125,000 2,951
Frannie 42 214 $35,455 $80,000 3,263
Midwest 43 436 $48,571 $50,000 3,241
Medicine Bow 44 231 $36,094 $64,500 2,998
Shoshoni 45 672 $50,357 $43,300 3,111
Yoder 46 149 $33,214 $42,500 3,465

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