10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Wyoming For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in Wyoming that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Wyoming does this very well. Families love the Equality State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Wyoming that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Wyoming for 2019.

So where is the most expensive place to live in Wyoming? That would be Jackson.

So hopefully Worland (the cheapest place to live in Wyoming) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

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

The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Wyoming For 2019

Jackson, WY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,413
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 7.0x (1st most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 58.4x (5th most expensive)
More on Jackson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Jackson is a town in the Jackson Hole valley of Teton County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 9,577 at the 2010 census, up from 8,647 in 2000. It is the county seat of Teton County and is its largest town.

The median income in Jackson comes in at $75,406 and the median home value is $524,400 for 2019.

Buffalo, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 4,606
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.5x (3rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 55.8x (3rd most expensive)
More on Buffalo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Buffalo comes in at $50,090 and the median home value is $226,600 for 2019.

Laramie, WY

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 32,104
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.9x (2nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 57.6x (4th most expensive)
More on Laramie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

The median income in Laramie comes in at $43,191 and the median home value is $210,600 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 1,489
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.6x (9th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 64.5x (12th most expensive)
More on Star Valley Ranch: Real Estate | Data

The median income in Star Valley Ranch comes in at $73,864 and the median home value is $266,200 for 2019.

Sheridan, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 17,816
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.0x (5th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 66.2x (13th most expensive)
More on Sheridan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

The median income in Sheridan comes in at $52,666 and the median home value is $211,500 for 2019.

Evansville, WY

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,929
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.1x (4th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 50.3x (2nd most expensive)
More on Evansville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Evansville comes in at $42,140 and the median home value is $172,200 for 2019.

Afton, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 2,407
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.8x (6th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 63.3x (11th most expensive)
More on Afton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Afton comes in at $52,730 and the median home value is $202,600 for 2019.

Cody, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 9,826
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.8x (7th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 71.2x (23rd most expensive)
More on Cody: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Cody comes in at $56,356 and the median home value is $214,500 for 2019.

Lander, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,683
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.8x (8th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 67.4x (15th most expensive)
More on Lander: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

The median income in Lander comes in at $53,438 and the median home value is $201,800 for 2019.

Pinedale, WY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,003
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 6)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.1x (23rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 78.0x (30th most expensive)
More on Pinedale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Pinedale comes in at $78,194 and the median home value is $239,500 for 2019.

How We Determined The Most Expensive 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 most 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 highest cost of living in Wyoming according to the data is Jackson.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In Wyoming For 2019

Well there you have it, the places in Wyoming that have the highest cost of living, with Jackson ranking as the most expensive city in the Equality State.

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

  1. Worland
  2. Saratoga
  3. Lyman

For more Wyoming reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Wyoming

Rank City ExpensiveScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Jackson 2.33 10,413 7.0x 58.4x
2 Buffalo 3.33 4,606 4.5x 55.8x
3 Laramie 5.0 32,104 4.9x 57.6x
4 Star Valley Ranch 7.67 1,489 3.6x 64.5x
5 Sheridan 8.67 17,816 4.0x 66.2x
6 Evansville 9.67 2,929 4.1x 50.3x
7 Afton 10.0 2,407 3.8x 63.3x
8 Cody 12.33 9,826 3.8x 71.2x
9 Lander 12.33 7,683 3.8x 67.4x
10 Pinedale 18.67 2,003 3.1x 78.0x
11 Casper 19.0 59,171 3.2x 70.8x
12 Torrington 19.67 6,723 3.3x 61.3x
13 Cheyenne 19.67 62,986 3.2x 69.7x
14 Glenrock 20.67 2,671 3.4x 76.8x
15 Wheatland 20.67 3,617 3.5x 72.4x
16 Lovell 21.0 2,622 3.3x 67.2x
17 Powell 21.0 6,412 3.5x 78.3x
18 Sundance 22.0 1,464 3.2x 80.7x
19 Evanston 23.0 12,054 3.4x 77.0x
20 Mills 23.33 3,817 2.8x 45.9x
21 Lusk 23.67 1,783 3.1x 62.7x
22 Bar Nunn 23.67 2,772 2.8x 91.5x
23 Riverton 24.0 11,113 3.0x 69.0x
24 Gillette 25.33 31,783 2.7x 80.1x
25 Rock Springs 25.33 23,820 2.8x 82.3x
26 Douglas 25.33 6,465 3.2x 85.5x
27 Green River 25.33 12,396 2.9x 93.2x
28 Newcastle 26.33 3,480 2.7x 62.8x
29 Wright 27.33 1,851 2.3x 69.4x
30 Pine Bluffs 27.67 1,108 3.4x 95.6x
31 Rawlins 27.83 9,112 2.5x 68.2x
32 Thermopolis 28.67 2,935 2.8x 69.4x
33 Greybull 28.67 1,876 2.5x 61.5x
34 Kemmerer 29.33 2,730 2.7x 77.6x
35 Mountain View 29.33 1,173 2.9x 86.8x
36 Guernsey 31.33 1,137 2.4x 68.8x
37 Basin 32.67 1,574 2.7x 73.8x
38 Marbleton 32.83 1,396 2.1x 73.2x
39 Lyman 33.0 2,045 2.4x 101.1x
40 Saratoga 33.0 1,686 2.3x 82.0x
41 Worland 33.67 5,310 2.8x 81.2x

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.