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.
So what's the safest place to live in Wyoming for 2019? According to the most recent FBI UCR data, Afton ranks as the safest place to live on a violent crime and property crime rate basis.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
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Don't let the antler arch that greets you at the towns entrance scare you, Afton is actually quite safe.
Nestled along the Bridger-Teton National Forest on Wyoming's western border, Afton offers a safe environment with small town charm that packs a big punch. Not literally, of course. No fighting happens here; that wouldn't be safe.
There's a true sense of community in this quaint town in the hills. The residents, here, look out for each other. Afton's gold star qualities like the non-existent number of crimes per 100,000 residents, their large number of educated residents, and just their overall safety standards, speaks volumes.
With a little over 2,000 residents, the superb quality of life in this little village in Lincoln County is the reason that it is our number one Safest City in Wyoming for 2019. #winning
Where Wyoming State Road 30 meets Wyoming State Road 189 is Kemmerer. This town, known for its bootlegging stories from the late 1800s, is our second Safest City in Wyoming 2019.
Kemmerer is also known for its safe, family friendly atmosphere. There is a ton of stuff to do in this little town with only 2792 residents in the middle of nowhere, Lincoln County. They have a boat load of places to shop and dine, and their immaculate parks provide the backdrop for safe, friendly games of basketball, volleyball, and tennis for all ages.
Kemmerer is the kind of place where packages from Amazon won't get stolen from your front porch when you're not home. But, hey, what do you expect from this safe city that is "The Gateway to the West."
Buffalo is the ideal destination when you're trying find that true western feel with small city vibes. Were not sure if it's where the buffalo roam, but but we do know that it's safe enough to let your children roam. And this is definitely one of the reasons it moved up six from last year to become our third safest city in Wyoming.
It might not be Beverly Hills, but this little town with a vibrant downtown scene, unforgettable summer festivals, and year-round fun is just as notable and just as safe. Probably why it's one of the most populous towns at the base of Bighorn National Forest.
Buffalo is known for its low crime and A+ education rating. There is a sense of true community in this little village in Johnson County.
So grab the fam, pack up the pick-up, and get a-movin' so you don't miss out on any of their safe, family friendly, activities scheduled for 2019:
Glenrock, located in Central Wyoming at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, is our fourth safest city in Wyoming. This little town on the Deer Creek Tributary is super family friendly and virtually crime free. It is one of the safest places to call home on our list.
Glenrock's overall HomeSnacks snackability score was an 8/10! Not surprising, considering their safety rating and percentage of educated residents both scored 8.5/10. Busy people = less naughty people. If that doesn't say safe, we don't know what does.
There's a reason Glenrock's motto is "Big Enough to Enjoy-Small Enough to Care." The people in Converse County are great and it's super safe in this little piece of heaven in the 307.
Slap a fluorescent orange safety jacket on this little village in southeastern Albany County and call them safe.
Our fifth safest city in Wyoming, Laramie, is known for its scenic location, low taxes, and educational opportunities. Afterall, it is the home to the University of Wyoming Cowboys. (We just can't ensure your safety with those school colors. Gold? Brown? #TBD)
The "Gem City of the Plains" is a family friendly, safe Chey-town-burb on the Laramie River that boasts convenient restaurants and stores and an occasional rodeo or two. It's a great place to raise a family. Word on the street is that young professionals are starting to take notice and move their direction. So don't wait, cuz the word is out.
And if you don't like people peeping through your windows, you don't have to worry cuz there's plenty of room in Laramie. And if you love nature, it can be found as close as your backyard. Really. We're not joking. #notricksinthe766
Green River scored an 8/10 on our snackability chart to become our sixth safest city in Wyoming.
This is the quintessential little village located in the southwestern corner of the Cowboy State. Not surprising, they received an 8/10 safety score and an 8/10 education score. Safe and smart cowboys! Nice work Green River!
In Berkley they also love to celebrate their long summer nights with safe, family friendly, festivals like their Flaming Gorge Days. Whether it's during the festival's 3-on-3 basketball tournament or at the local coffee shop, nothin' says safe like a community that creates opportunities to get to know anything and everything about each other. Just make sure you take the trash out in proper attire cuz someone is always watching and you wouldn't want to become the talk of Sweetwater County.
Welcome to our seventh safest city in Wyoming, Cody. This town in Park County is home to Buffalo Bill and the infamous, bank robbing, Hole-in-the-Wall-Gang. Don't let this scare you, however. The cowboys in this town don't mess around. Take it from us, it's super safe in the 578.
More importantly, the term SAFE takes on a new meaning in Cody. It's a family friendly town in northwestern Wyoming where the (S)treets (A)re (F)or (E)veryone. The people here are super welcoming and there are a ton of safe, family friendly parks and activities.
And kudos to Cody, their snackability rating is off the charts: a whopping 8.5/10! Their job market scored an 8.5/10 and their safety rating an 8/10! It's like Barney Fife's Mayberry in the middle of the plains.
In Torrington they love their wide open spaces, their parks, their super safe neighborhoods, and they take pride in their Eastern Wyoming College Lancers. Go black and gold!
This eastern Wyoming city is our eighth safest city. It's a place where work and play meet at the corner of Goshen County and the Wyoming/Nebraska border. And, hey, don't worry about that 'ol "Ship of Death" legend, Torrington's small town charm delivers big opportunities to all that are searching for a safe, not scary, place to call home. Heck, they scored and 8/10 in safety on our snackability scale.
Torrington's slogan should be: "Where It's Happening". They have their own airport, a Burger King, and three boot stores. So, if safe, family friendly communities that are happenin', is your cup of tea, you better hurry cuz Torrington's homes are sellin' like hotcakes. ,
Sheridan is a little rodeo town centrally located on the northern border of Wyoming in Sheridan County.
Sheridan's residents say that this little slice of paradise in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains is the perfect place to escape real life when you need a break. But don't worry, they won't let you wander off too far that you get lost: that wouldn't be safe.
Sheridan has been holding strong on our top 10 list for the last couple of years. So, it's no surprise that they are our ninth safest city in the Cowboy State.
Sheridan is one of those snowy towns. They average close to 100" of snow/year. According to their residents, the only dangers lurking in the shadows of this city might be the occasional snowball fight. Keep that snow slingin' to a minimum Sheridan, we wouldn't want you to tarnish that impeccable 8.5/10 safety rating.
Wheatland rounds out our safest cities in Wyoming list coming in at number ten. They crushed our snackability scale with an 8/10 safety ranking and an 8/10 affordability score. We all could learn a little somethin' from the cowboys in Wheatland. #kudos
While not everyone grows wheat in Wheatland, there is a ton of farming. And nothin' says safe like a bunch of good 'ol farmers that know how to use tractors and pitchforks. (We think it's safe to say that the pitchforks are only used on the hay....)
And you won't hear 'hold my beer and watch me handle this" in this little town in Platte County. They are a safe, family friendly, town with a ton of respect for each other. Heck, crime is pretty much nonexistent in this town of 3,600. Yep, you heard hear first, folks: cowboys can get along.
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:
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".
The safest city, based on our criteria, is Afton. The most dangerous city in Wyoming? Evansville, where residents had a 1 in 30 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.
Looking at the data, you can tell that Afton 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:
|Rank||City||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|6||Green River, WY||12,289||162||992|
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