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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.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Wyoming for 2019:
- Sheridan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Cody (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Laramie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Jackson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Pinedale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Kemmerer (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Gillette (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bar Nunn (Homes For Sale)
- Lyman (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In Wyoming For 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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."
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.
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 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.
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'.
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
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
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
- Rafter J Ranch (Pop. 1,466)
- South Park (Pop. 1,557)
- Sleepy Hollow (Pop. 1,080)
- Moose Wilson Road (Pop. 1,736)
- Antelope Valley-Crestview (Pop. 1,498)
- Vista West (Pop. 1,016)
- Dayton (Pop. 1,008)
- Marbleton (Pop. 1,357)
- Mountain View (Pop. 1,333)
- Sundance (Pop. 1,310)
Best Small Towns To Live In Wyoming
- Taylor (Pop. 60)
- Hyattville (Pop. 55)
- Hill View Heights (Pop. 58)
- Brookhurst (Pop. 183)
- Grover (Pop. 283)
- Fairview (Pop. 488)
- Casper Mountain (Pop. 461)
- Elk Mountain (Pop. 172)
- Cokeville (Pop. 555)
- Hartville (Pop. 74)
If you're curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Wyoming according to the data:
- Riverton (Pop. 11,044)
- Mills (Pop. 3,677)
- Evansville (Pop. 2,880)
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