These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Wyoming For 2018


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?

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:

  1. Sheridan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Cody (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Laramie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Jackson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Pinedale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Kemmerer (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Gillette (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Bar Nunn (Homes For Sale)
  9. Lyman (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Casper (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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 Place 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.

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.

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

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

Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 4.3%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.

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

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

Cody has a really low crime rate (14th lowest) and only 2.7% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($56,659). And that goes a long way.

The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in Cody.

Laramie, WY

Source: Public domain
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

We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Laramie 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 Laramie.

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

With the unemployment rate being the 3rd lowest in Wyoming and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Jackson.

Plus, the crime rate is the 13th lowest in the state!

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

Pinedale comes in at a close 5th. They have the 1st lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 4th highest median income as well, which means the people in Pinedale are working and getting paid well.

Additionally, the median home value is the 2nd best in the state.

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

In Kemmerer, everyone loves to call Kemmerer home! The median home value is the 18th highest in Wyoming.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 2nd lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Equality State.

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

7
/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 had the 7th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (2.8%) and the 28th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.

Bar Nunn is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it’s like to live there.

Lyman, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/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 has it made. In fact, according to science, it’s one of the best places to live in the state of Wyoming.

The unemployment rate is the 5th lowest in the state at 2.7%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $75,875, and the average cost of a home is $177,900. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.

We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more publications call Lyman one of America’s gems.

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

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

The crime rate in Casper isn’t amazing, but it’s far below the state average. The homes are valued at $189,400 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Wyoming.

If Casper can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (4.5% is the 11th highest in the state.

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 2018.

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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