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):
- Big Piney
- Rolling Hills
- Elk Mountain
- Pine Haven
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.
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.
Population 2014: 720 Median Income: $60,469
Median Home Price: $196,700
Crime Per 100k: 2,029
2. Big Piney
Population: 634Median 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
Population 2014: 861 Median Income: $56,204
Median Home Price: $211,300
Crime Per 100k: 2,106
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
Population 2014: 477 Median Income: $82,132
Median Home Price: $111,600
Crime Per 100k: 2,319
Population 2014: 529 Median Income: $45,125
Median Home Price: $122,300
Crime Per 100k: 2,802
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:
- Medicine Bow
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- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Wyoming
Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Wyoming