10 Cheapest Places To Live In Wyoming For 2019


We used data and science to determine which places in Wyoming go easy on your wallet.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the cheapest places to live in Wyoming.

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Wyoming is home to the Frontier Days’ Rodeo in Cheyenne, the Grand Tetons just outside of Jackson, and some pretty nice, pretty affordable places to live.

Ask any Wyomingite, and they will tell you, hands down, that their corner of Yellowstone Country is the best. And while that might be true for most, there are some pretty expensive places in the Cowboy State, and HomeSnacks is here to help you navigate the most affordable places in Wyoming for 2019.

How did we determine the most affordable places in Wyoming? We took a look at the US Census and the cost of living data for the state. We were especially interested in home and rental prices in places with more than 1,000 residents.

The competition was fierce to say the least. Many of Wyoming’s most affordable places boast great home prices and safe neighborhoods. Any one of these places would be a great place to enjoy life while saving money. If you choose one of Wyomong’s most affordable places, you’re going to free up cash for the fun “Wyoming” things to do and see. Like, scoring tickets to the Wyoming State Fair in Douglas or taking a road trip to the Werner Wildlife Museum in Casper.

Want to know more? We suggest you crank some Righteous Vendetta, grab an elk burger in Rock Springs, and keep reading.

Are we surprised that some of Wyoming’s most affordable cities are also Wyoming’s 41 biggest cities? Not at all. We don’t blame the good people of Wyoming for wanting to move to where their dollar goes the furthest.

So, where’s the most affordable place to live in Wyoming for 2019? That would be Worland.

To see how your city compared, take a look at the list below. And if you don’t see you’re favorite there, head to the bottom.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about Wyoming and the cheapest places in the country:

The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Wyoming For 2019

Worland, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,310
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 15)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.8x (13th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 81.2x (9th cheapest)
More On Worland: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in Worland comes in at $49,191 and the median home value is $137,800 for 2019.

Saratoga, WY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,686
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 23)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.3x (3rd most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 82.0x (8th cheapest)
More On Saratoga: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Saratoga comes in at $73,476 and the median home value is $171,100 for 2019.

Lyman, WY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,045
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.4x (4th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 101.1x (1st cheapest)
More On Lyman: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in Lyman comes in at $80,673 and the median home value is $190,400 for 2019.

Marbleton, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,396
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.1x (1st most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 73.2x (18th cheapest)
More On Marbleton: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Marbleton comes in at $74,135 and the median home value is $153,800 for 2019.

Basin, WY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,574
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.7x (9th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 73.8x (17th cheapest)
More On Basin: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in Basin comes in at $49,821 and the median home value is $132,500 for 2019.

Guernsey, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,137
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 12)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.4x (5th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 68.8x (26th cheapest)
More On Guernsey: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in Guernsey comes in at $53,981 and the median home value is $127,700 for 2019.

Kemmerer, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,730
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.7x (10th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 77.6x (14th cheapest)
More On Kemmerer: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in Kemmerer comes in at $63,750 and the median home value is $170,200 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,173
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 8)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.9x (18th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 86.8x (5th cheapest)
More On Mountain View: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Mountain View comes in at $58,214 and the median home value is $170,900 for 2019.

Greybull, WY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,876
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 5)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.5x (6th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 61.5x (36th cheapest)
More On Greybull: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in Greybull comes in at $41,563 and the median home value is $104,600 for 2019.

Thermopolis, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,935
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 14)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.8x (12th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 69.4x (23rd cheapest)
More On Thermopolis: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

The median income in Thermopolis comes in at $50,417 and the median home value is $140,400 for 2019.

How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Equality State For 2019

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Wyoming
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in Wyoming to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 41 places in Wyoming that have more than 1,000 people.

The place with the lowest cost of living in Wyoming according to the data is Worland.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Wyoming Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Wyoming, this is an accurate list of the most affordable places to live in wyoming for 2019.

Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Wyoming according to the data:

  1. Jackson
  2. Buffalo
  3. Laramie

For more Wyoming reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Affordable Places To Live In Wyoming?

Rank City CheapScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Worland 9.33 5,310 2.8x 81.2x
2 Saratoga 10.0 1,686 2.3x 82.0x
3 Lyman 10.0 2,045 2.4x 101.1x
4 Marbleton 10.17 1,396 2.1x 73.2x
5 Basin 10.33 1,574 2.7x 73.8x
6 Guernsey 11.67 1,137 2.4x 68.8x
7 Kemmerer 13.67 2,730 2.7x 77.6x
8 Mountain View 13.67 1,173 2.9x 86.8x
9 Greybull 14.33 1,876 2.5x 61.5x
10 Thermopolis 14.33 2,935 2.8x 69.4x

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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