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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 Worland.
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 25 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 2018:
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 2017) 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 68 crimes committed in Worland which had a reported population of 5,348. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0127 which translates into a 1 in 78 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 2016. This left us with a total of 25 of the biggest cities in Wyoming to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 25 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: 5,348 Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 112 (4th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,159 (4th safest) More on Worland:Photos | Real Estate | Data
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Population: 32,411 Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 117 (6th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,265 (5th 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.
Population: 2,967 Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 235 (15th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,078 (3rd safest) More on Thermopolis:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Thermopolis is the largest town in Hot Springs County, Wyoming, United States, and also the county seat. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 3,009.
"Thermopolis" is from the Greek for "Hot City". It is home to numerous natural hot springs, in which mineral-laden waters are heated by geothermal processes. The town is named for the hot springs located there.
Population: 7,699 Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 3) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,143 (23rd safest) More on Lander:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Lander is a city in, and the county seat of, Fremont County, Wyoming, United States. Named for transcontinental explorer Frederick W. Lander, Lander is located in central Wyoming, along the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River. A tourism center with several dude ranches nearby, Lander is located just south of the Wind River Indian Reservation. The population was 7,487 at the 2010 census.
Population: 33,218 Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 186 (9th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,131 (15th safest) More on Gillette:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Gillette is a city in and the county seat of Campbell County, Wyoming, United States. The population was estimated at 31,797 as of 1 July 2013. Gillette is centrally located in an area involved with the development of vast quantities of American coal, oil, and coalbed methane gas. The city calls itself the "Energy Capital of the Nation," noting that the state of Wyoming provides nearly 35% of the nation's coal. Over the last decade Gillette saw a population increase of 48% from the 2000 census of 19,646 residents.
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Population: 61,343 Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 114 (5th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,720 (20th safest) More on Casper:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Casper is a city in and the county seat of Natrona County, Wyoming, United States. Casper is the second largest city in the state, according to the 2010 census, with a population of 55,316. Only Cheyenne, the state capital, is larger. Casper is nicknamed "The Oil City" and has a long history of oil boomtown and cowboy culture, dating back to the development of the nearby Salt Creek Oil Field. In 2010, Casper was named the highest-ranked family-friendly small city in the West, and ranked eighth overall in the nation in Forbes magazine's list of "the best small cities to raise a family".
Population: 2,603 Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 10) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 268 (19th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,383 (6th 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.