These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Wyoming For 2019


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

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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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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.

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

We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Sheridan one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there’s essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.

They can’t build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of Sheridan.

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

Well, I guess technically 2.7% of Cody residents who want to have a job can’t find one, so not everyone has a job, but it’s the 5th closest of any city in Wyoming.

You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.

In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, Cody also ranked well for crime (14th) and median income ($56,659).

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

There’s two types of people who live in Laramie. Either the old hold outs who have lived there forever and are watching their home values skyrocket, or those d who can afford to buy a $206,700 home there.

Either way, you’re set. Your kids go to great schools, there’s a ton of things to do, and you earn a great salary. Laramie is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.

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

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

There’s low crime in Jackson, and the residents here are gainfully employed (2.6% unemployment rate).

You can make Jackson your home for only $573,400 which won’t be too hard on a $70,517 household salary.

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

Who doesn’t want to live in Pinedale? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.

Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 0.0%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.

Expect to see more of Pinedale in the news in the coming months.

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 ranks 6th 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 Kemmerer over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.

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’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 2nd highest, making Gillette a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.

Additionally, Gillette has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.

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

The Bar Nunn has the 7th 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 Bar Nunn is higher than the national average and households make $73,800 per year.

We’d move to Bar Nunn if we could in a heart beat.

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

If you want to live in Wyoming, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the Lyman area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.

Can you blame them? It’s a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $75,875 median income will do that).

Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Lyman as great as possible. You can’t get it much better than in Lyman.

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

Taking its place as the 10th best place in Wyoming is Casper. Residents here earn a really high salary each year, and crime is fairly low, in comparison to the rest of Wyoming.

It’s considered a cultural community, as it boasts an arts scene, and many ethnic restaurants, too. Which means you can’t be bored here.

An unemployment rate of only 4.5% helps thing too.

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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Detailed List Of 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
11 Lander 7,744 5.8% $199,200
12 Wright 2,326 4.2% $185,600
13 Cheyenne 62,879 6.4% $187,700
14 Thermopolis 2,918 3.2% $137,300
15 Douglas 6,478 5.2% $188,600
16 Buffalo 4,619 6.9% $224,700
17 Lovell 2,347 4.8% $117,500
18 Rock Springs 23,967 4.9% $203,800
19 Wheatland 3,633 4.9% $167,300
20 Powell 6,396 2.7% $176,000
21 Green River 12,574 7.0% $193,400
22 Glenrock 2,607 10.8% $170,400
23 Torrington 6,759 8.7% $136,300
24 Rawlins 9,114 6.1% $147,100
25 Worland 5,383 10.0% $120,900
26 Newcastle 3,503 6.4% $129,000
27 Evanston 12,179 8.0% $170,100
28 Riverton 11,044 6.8% $160,300
29 Mills 3,677 7.1% $100,400
30 Evansville 2,880 6.9% $164,300

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