These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Wyoming

These are the cream of the crop in the Cowboy State.

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Where are the best places in the state of Wyoming? They are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places where people have the best jobs, where residents are happily married, and where the sun shines the most.

And certainly, since crime is really low, every one wants to be there. It’s, literally, all sunshine and rainbows.

We looked at the 18 most populated cities in the Cowboy State for this study. The cities at the top are places where things are going swimmingly right now, at least according to data, which measures the good things that people say they want in a Wyoming city.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against. We had more than 10 million people read our worst cities in a state series, which was featured in hundreds of media outlets, including an NPR feature.

So we know what we’re talking about.

Here are the 10 best places to live in Wyoming:

  1. Ranchettes
  2. Gillette (Photos)
  3. Douglas (Photos)
  4. Laramie (Photos)
  5. Green River (Photos)
  6. Rock Springs (Photos)
  7. Rawlins (Photos)
  8. Evanston (Photos)
  9. Worland (Photos)
  10. Sheridan (Photos)

We understand there’s a lot of good in every place. However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty, ‘friendly people’ and community involvement), these are the best options in Wyoming for making a place home.

The worst city to live in Wyoming? Riverton. More on that later.

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How do you decide if a place is amazeballs or not?

In order to rank Wyoming’s best cities, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, good weather, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers for Wyoming

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Sperling’s Best Places, this is the criteria we used:

  • Strong schools
  • Low unemployment rates
  • High incomes
  • High home prices
  • Lots of sunny days a year
  • Low crime
  • Low cost of living

If you’d like to see the complete list of cities in Wyoming, scroll to the bottom of this post to see a link to the entire data set.

Note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. This list is based on data, and is entirely unbiased. Additionally, the cost of living numbers are based on a scale of 100, to anything lower than 100 is more affordable.

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1. Ranchettes

Best Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,263
Crime Index: 23
Cost Of Living Index: 124

When you look at the unbiased data, this place north of Cheyenne is the best place you can live in Wyoming. Not only is the crime really low, but you get some wide open spaces as well.

2. Gillette

Best Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,472
Crime Index: 77
Cost Of Living Index: 102

One of the largest cities in Wyoming, Gillette is relatively safe and affordable.

3. Douglas

Best Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,117
Crime Index: 94
Cost Of Living Index: 101

Situated along the North Platte River, this Converse County city is also home to the Wyoming State Fair.

4. Laramie

Best Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,728
Crime Index: 77
Cost Of Living Index: 106

Home to the University of Wyoming, Laramie is not only one of the best ‘big’ cities you can live in Wyoming, it’s one of the best cities in the entire region.

5. Green River

Best Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,534
Crime Index: 102
Cost Of Living Index: 111

Green River is a medium-sized city along the Green River in the southwestern part of Wyoming.

6. Rock Springs

Best Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,125
Crime Index: 104
Cost Of Living Index: 107

Rock Springs isn’t too far from Green River. Both are very affordable and excellent places to call home in the Cowboy State.

7. Rawlins

Best Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,185
Crime Index: 97
Cost Of Living Index: 101

This small city in Carbon County is a great place to live, but very isolated from any major city centers.

8. Evanston

Best Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,250
Crime Index: 73
Cost Of Living Index: 102

Evanston is in Uinta County. It’s safer than most of the other cities on this list.

9. Worland

Best Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,426
Crime Index: 55
Cost Of Living Index: 89

Worland is located within the Big Horn Basin and is also close to the Big Horn River in northwestern Wyoming.

10. Sheridan

Best Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,421
Crime Index: 79
Cost Of Living Index: 101

Sheridan is a quiet, safe, peaceful place to live in the northern part of the state, near the Montana state line.

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Ranchettes is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Wyoming residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Other notable cities:
3rd Worst: Powell
2nd Worst: Jackson
Worst: Riverton

We also wrote about the 10 worst places to live in Wyoming if you’re interested.

Detailed List Of Best Places To Live In Wyoming

City Rank Population Crime Index Cost Of Living Index
Ranchettes 1 6,263 23 124
Gillette 2 29,472 77 102
Douglas 3 6,117 94 101
Laramie 4 30,728 77 106
Green River 5 12,534 102 111
Rock Springs 6 23,125 104 107
Rawlins 7 9,185 97 101
Evanston 8 12,250 73 102
Worland 9 5,426 55 89
Sheridan 10 17,421 79 101
Torrington 11 6,552 96 89
Cody 12 9,531 83 107
Casper 13 55,729 100 100
Cheyenne 14 59,582 100 103
Lander 15 7,495 92 101
Powell 16 6,261 92 105
Jackson 17 9,646 96 155
Riverton 18 10,646 119 94

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