Top 15 Safest Cities In Wyoming For 2018

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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:

  1. Worland (Photos | Homes)
  2. Laramie (Photos | Homes)
  3. Sheridan (Photos | Homes)
  4. Kemmerer (Photos | Homes)
  5. Thermopolis (Photos | Homes)
  6. Newcastle (Photos | Homes)
  7. Green River (Photos | Homes)
  8. Buffalo (Photos | Homes)
  9. Cody (Photos | Homes)
  10. Wheatland (Photos | Homes)
  11. Lander (Photos | Homes)
  12. Gillette (Photos | Homes)
  13. Casper (Photos | Homes)
  14. Glenrock (Photos | Homes)
  15. Evanston (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Wyoming, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Wyoming

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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)
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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".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Worland. The most dangerous city in Wyoming? Riverton, where residents had a 1 in 16 chance of being the victim of a crime.

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.

1. Worland

Worland, WY

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

2. Laramie

Laramie, WY
Source: Public domain

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: PhotosReal 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.

3. Sheridan

Sheridan, WY

Population: 17,956
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 94 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,016 (13th safest)
More on Sheridan: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Sheridan is a city in Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States. The 2010 census put the population at 17,444 and a Micropolitan Statistical Area of 29,116. It is the county seat of Sheridan County.

4. Kemmerer

Kemmerer, WY

Population: 2,757
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 253 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 580 (1st safest)
More on Kemmerer: PhotosReal Estate | Data

5. Thermopolis

Thermopolis, WY

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: PhotosReal 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.

6. Newcastle

Newcastle, WY

Population: 3,537
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 197 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,526 (8th safest)
More on Newcastle: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Newcastle is a city in and the county seat of Weston County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 3,532 at the 2010 census.

7. Green River

Green River, WY

Population: 12,477
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 256 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 953 (2nd safest)
More on Green River: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Green River is a city in and the county seat of Sweetwater County, Wyoming, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. The population was 12,515 at the 2010 census.

8. Buffalo

Buffalo, WY

Population: 4,640
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 150 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,875 (12th safest)
More on Buffalo: PhotosReal Estate | Data

9. Cody

Cody, WY

Population: 9,842
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 111 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,245 (17th safest)
More on Cody: PhotosReal Estate | Data

10. Wheatland

Wheatland, WY

Population: 3,665
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 218 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,718 (9th safest)
More on Wheatland: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Wheatland is a town in and the county seat of Platte County in southeastern Wyoming, United States. The population was 3,627 at the 2010 census.

11. Lander

Lander, WY

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: PhotosReal 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.

12. Gillette

Gillette, WY

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: PhotosReal 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.

13. Casper

Casper, WY
Source: Public domain

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: PhotosReal 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".

14. Glenrock

Glenrock, WY

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: PhotosReal 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.

15. Evanston

Evanston, WY

Population: 12,087
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 124 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,870 (21st safest)
More on Evanston: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Evanston is a city in and the county seat of Uinta County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 12,359 at the 2010 census. It is located on the border with Utah.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Equality State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Worland is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Wyoming residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Wyoming according to the data:

  1. Riverton
  2. Cheyenne
  3. Evansville
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Wyoming For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Worland, WY 5,348 112 1,159
2 Laramie, WY 32,411 117 1,265
3 Sheridan, WY 17,956 94 2,016
4 Kemmerer, WY 2,757 253 580
5 Thermopolis, WY 2,967 235 1,078
6 Newcastle, WY 3,537 197 1,526
7 Green River, WY 12,477 256 953
8 Buffalo, WY 4,640 150 1,875
9 Cody, WY 9,842 111 2,245
10 Wheatland, WY 3,665 218 1,718
11 Lander, WY 7,699 0 3,143
12 Gillette, WY 33,218 186 2,131
13 Casper, WY 61,343 114 2,720
14 Glenrock, WY 2,603 268 1,383
15 Evanston, WY 12,087 124 2,870
16 Torrington, WY 6,676 374 1,482
17 Powell, WY 6,491 200 2,341
18 Jackson, WY 10,713 280 1,820
19 Mills, WY 3,854 207 2,516
20 Rawlins, WY 9,004 188 3,109
21 Douglas, WY 6,617 604 1,783
22 Rock Springs, WY 24,161 326 2,032
23 Evansville, WY 2,999 1,133 2,234
24 Cheyenne, WY 64,046 268 3,789
25 Riverton, WY 10,905 430 5,593

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