10 Best Places To Live In Wyoming For 2019


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

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

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Where are the best places in the state of Wyoming?

To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They're the places in Equality State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.

However, here at HomeSnacks, we don't trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Wyoming.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it's hard to argue against.

After analyzing 30 places in Wyoming, we came up with this list of the best places.

Well, it looks like you should check out Sheridan if you're thinking of moving to Wyoming -- it's the best the Equality State has to offer according to the data.

Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Wyoming.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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The 10 Best Places To Live In Wyoming For 2019

Sheridan, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 17,866
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $204,300 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (10th best)
More on Sheridan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The Town of Sheridan might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.

The crime rate in Sheridan isn't amazing, but it's far below the state average. The homes are valued at $204,300 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Wyoming.

If Sheridan can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (4.3% is the 10th highest in the state.

Cody, WY

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8.5
/10

Population: 9,776
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $207,900 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.7% (5th best)
More on Cody: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, Cody is a wonderful place to live in this state.

The relatively stable household incomes and below average crime rates don't hurt either!

While it may not be as great as some other places on this list, Cody still holds its own in in Wyoming.

Laramie, WY

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 32,096
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $206,700 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (13th best)
More on Laramie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The Town of Laramie consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren't any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?

Let's see why Laramie ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Laramie are the 7th most expensive in the state of Wyoming, with the average home worth a whopping $206,700. We're not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Laramie if they can afford it.

Other numbers that stand out: Laramie residents have the 26th highest income in the state, and the 6th lowest crime numbers in Wyoming.

Review Of Laramie by HomeSnacks User

Laramie is a university town with a variety of activities for people of all ages. Attitudes are easy going and accepting. People are open, honest, and freindly. There are mulitple local places of historical interest, natural wonders and avenues of adventure.

The Snowy mountain range was my favorite place with gorgous granite scenery, lakes, and seasonal hiking,skiing and snowboarding. The university always had activities going on in arts, sciences, and sports. Native American culture was highlighted as well as exploration and developemnt of the west.

Jackson, WY

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,279
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $573,400 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.6% (3rd best)
More on Jackson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The Jackson has the 3rd lowest unemployment rate in Wyoming. The population growth here has been 8% over the last 15 years, meaning a lot of people want to live here. If they can afford it; the cost of living in Jackson is higher than the national average and households make $70,517 per year.

We'd move to Jackson if we could in a heart beat.

Pinedale, WY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,044
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $237,500 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 0.0% (1st best)
More on Pinedale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Let's take a look at why Pinedale is a great place to call home for 2019.

There's low crime in Pinedale, and the residents here are gainfully employed (0.0% unemployment rate).

You can make Pinedale your home for only $237,500 which won't be too hard on a $73,879 household salary.

Kemmerer, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,710
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $173,800 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.1% (2nd best)
More on Kemmerer: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kemmerer is another great city in Wyoming with a low unemployment rate and where residents earn high salaries.

Said one reviewer on City-Data.com: " We feel incredibly safe in Kemmerer. The houses and neighborhoods are beautiful, the people are friendly, and it's wonderful to have such good neighbors. People watch out for each other here, they teach their children to be respectful of others and things."

Enough said.

Gillette, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 32,033
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $207,600 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (12th best)
More on Gillette: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Gillette ranks 7th on our list of best places to live in Wyoming thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.

Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Wyoming that we examined.

People have been flocking to Gillette over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,682
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $211,000 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (7th best)
More on Bar Nunn: Real Estate | Data

Bar Nunn is a cute little city where crime is far below the state average, and where it's affordable. The schools are also solidly rated.

Home prices clock in at $211,000 and households earn a median salary of $73,800. One could get used to that.

Lyman, WY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,197
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $177,900 (16th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.7% (5th best)
More on Lyman: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lyman is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It's safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.

It's quite a gem tucked away in Wyoming.

Casper, WY

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 59,397
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $189,400 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (11th best)
More on Casper: Real Estate | Data | Photos

If you don't have a job in Casper, you're most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get -- 4.5%. In fact, there are probably enough butler and landscaping jobs available here to put every single unemployed resident to work, what with a median income of $57,964.

That's actually not a bad idea...

Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Wyoming

The Pressing Question: Size

Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Cheyenne with a population of 62,879 against places with a population of 18?

We firmly decided no, that just isn't fair.

So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:

  • Cities -- Populations over 2,000
  • Towns -- Populations between 1,000 and 2,000
  • Small Towns -- Populations below 1,000

This left us with 30 cities, 25 towns, and 75 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 2,000 people to truly be 'the best'.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.

How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Wyoming

Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.

We ranked each place in Wyoming across a number of criteria from one to 30, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title "Best Place To Live In Wyoming".

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher better)
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Commute Time
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Wyoming? That would be Sheridan.

If your city or town isn't among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Wyoming.

Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Sheridan at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Wyoming

If you're looking at areas in Wyoming with the best economic situations, where there's lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

Sheridan made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Wyoming for 2019.

Best Towns To Live In Wyoming

  1. Rafter J Ranch (Pop. 1,466)
  2. South Park (Pop. 1,557)
  3. Sleepy Hollow (Pop. 1,080)
  4. Moose Wilson Road (Pop. 1,736)
  5. Antelope Valley-Crestview (Pop. 1,498)
  6. Vista West (Pop. 1,016)
  7. Dayton (Pop. 1,008)
  8. Marbleton (Pop. 1,357)
  9. Mountain View (Pop. 1,333)
  10. Sundance (Pop. 1,310)

Best Small Towns To Live In Wyoming

  1. Taylor (Pop. 60)
  2. Hyattville (Pop. 55)
  3. Hill View Heights (Pop. 58)
  4. Brookhurst (Pop. 183)
  5. Grover (Pop. 283)
  6. Fairview (Pop. 488)
  7. Casper Mountain (Pop. 461)
  8. Elk Mountain (Pop. 172)
  9. Cokeville (Pop. 555)
  10. Hartville (Pop. 74)

If you're curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Wyoming according to the data:

  1. Riverton (Pop. 11,044)
  2. Mills (Pop. 3,677)
  3. Evansville (Pop. 2,880)

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Where Are The Best Places To Live In Wyoming?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Sheridan 17,866 4.3% $204,300
2 Cody 9,776 2.7% $207,900
3 Laramie 32,096 4.7% $206,700
4 Jackson 10,279 2.6% $573,400
5 Pinedale 2,044 0.0% $237,500
6 Kemmerer 2,710 2.1% $173,800
7 Gillette 32,033 4.6% $207,600
8 Bar Nunn 2,682 2.8% $211,000
9 Lyman 2,197 2.7% $177,900
10 Casper 59,397 4.5% $189,400

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.

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