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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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

Sheridan is feeling the love as it ranks as the 1st best city to live in Wyoming for 2019.

It ranked highly because of its high incomes (19th overall) and low crime (12th overall and one of the best in the top ten).

We think the city should probably change its motto at this point to something like “The Place To Be In Wyoming”.

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

When you’re looking at the best places you could live in Wyoming, Cody came in 2nd. Let’s see why.

It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.

Plus, Cody has an impressive history for a place of just over 9,776 people. The median home costs a cool $207,900 and households make $56,659 which is good for 15th 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

In Laramie, everyone loves to call Laramie home! The median home value is the 7th highest in Wyoming.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 13th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Equality State.

Review Of Laramie by HomeSnacks User

I lived in Laramie the first19 years of my life. It’s a cold. high windy, barren, subarctic place, for about 8 months out of the year. Powell is the banana belt of Wyoming! It’s a great place to live!

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.

Review Of Jackson by HomeSnacks User

My experience was not good when I visited Jackson Hole, WY. The town was not welcoming. People were very yuppie, and stuck up. I got a very bad vibe from the entire town.

The only good thing was the horseback riding we did at the Spring Creek Ranch Resort. The food was terrible, we couldnt even find a restaurant that had normal food. Everything was high class, and over priced.

Pinedale, WY

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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

If you don’t have a job in Pinedale, you’re most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get — 0.0%. 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 $73,879.

That’s actually not a bad idea…

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

Little Kemmerer has it made. It has the 2nd lowest unemployment rate, and crime is far below average for Wyoming.

Residents here have great jobs, and the home price proves it’s a highly desirable location in the state, for those who can afford the high cost of living

We’d recommend you start saving up!

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 has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you’re most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.

Just about everyone who wants a job in Gillette has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 4.6% and lowering. And the Gillette police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 16th lowest in the state here.

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?

Review Of Gillette by HomeSnacks User

Ive lived in Gillette since I was 11 years old. Over the past 14 years I have met some of the meanest, most ignorant, intolerable, and back stabbing people Ive ever met. Nobody here cares for anyone else but themselves, they hardly take care of the snow in town like they should worst drivers Ive ever seen, the m**h epidemic is absolutely outrageous, everyone I know is on it and cops dont do anything about dealers, the county 17 arrest page is full of arrests from traffic related incidents. The bullying in the schools, middle in particular, is the worst Ive ever seen. Theres a very clear line divided between the people whos parents work in coal or oil and have money and the ones who dont. The rich kids single out the poor or less well off kids, and torture and alienate them. Worst town Ive ever lived in, 0/10

Literally has one movie theatre, one kids arcade, and about 15 bars and thats it for recreation pretty much. Unless you count the stagnant pond they call the fishing lake which has a playground.

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

The crime rate in Bar Nunn isn’t amazing, but it’s far below the state average. The homes are valued at $211,000 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Wyoming.

If Bar Nunn can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (2.8% is the 7th highest in the state.

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

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where there’s low crime and everyone is rich? That’s the case with Lyman.

Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 5th lowest in Wyoming and the median income comes in at $75,875.

This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

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

Casper is another gem in Equality State. The unemployment rate here is 11th lowest in the entire state at 4.5%. Other factors that make Casper so desirable is the solid education and home prices.

Homes are valued at $189,400, and parents earn a combined $57,964 a year

There’s nothing like the American dream.

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 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

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