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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.
For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Wyoming, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Afton.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Equality State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 26 cities in Wyoming with a population of more than 2,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Here's the list of the safest cities in Wyoming for 2019:
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2018) in Wyoming.
Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
For example, there were a total of 22 crimes committed in Afton which had a reported population of 2,008. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.011 which translates into a 1 in 91 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 2,000 people reported to the FBI in 2017. This left us with a total of 26 of the biggest cities in Wyoming to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 26 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Wyoming".
Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.
Population: 2,599 Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 10) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 115 (9th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 923 (2nd safest) More on Glenrock:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Glenrock, known as Deer Creek Station, had its beginning as a mail and stage station along the Oregon Trail. The station served as a relay and eating place and was a vital supply point for thousands of emigrants as they traveled westward. The discovery of oil in 1889 greatly contributed to the economy of central Wyoming and especially Glenrock.
Population: 32,632 Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 91 (6th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,375 (8th safest) More on Laramie:Photos | Real Estate | 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.