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And lucky for you, HomeSnacks has done the research and created the ultimate guide for finding the best places in the Equality State for 2019.
How did we do it? We consulted the latest Census data on cost of living, median income, and safety, for places with 2,000 or more residents. We discovered that Wyoming has every type of city for every type of person. Big Wyoming has hip millennial cities like Laramie, cowboy/cowgirl cities like Casper, and mountain cities like Hoback are great places to find work, raise families, and just plain enjoy life.
And if that doesn't seal the deal, check out our best states to raise a family and safest states in the country stories: Wyoming crushes the competition. So, whether you're a Sheridan University Bruin fan, or a fan of Wyoming's State Rodeo in Douglas, or just a fan of conservative politics, there's a city in Wyoming for you.
How did we determine the best places to live in Wyoming? Grab a Wyoming Boilermaker and an elk burger in Gillette and read on.
The 10 Best Places To Live In Wyoming For 2020:
- Kemmerer (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sheridan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Cody (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Pinedale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lyman (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Jackson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Laramie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Douglas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bar Nunn (Homes For Sale)
- Lander (Photos | Homes For Sale)
Wyoming cities are known for their quirky, western culture, iconic rodeos, local flare, and farm to table restaurants. And, don't get us started on their gold star median household income and blue ribbon schools.
Needless to say, it was very difficult to narrow down 30 of Wyoming's best places to live to just ten.
What city is the best place to live in Wyoming for 2020? Well according to the US Census and FBI data we crunched, Kemmerer is the best place to live in Wyoming if you care about home values, low crime, and a high quality of life.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In Wyoming For 2020
The Kemmerer has the 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 Kemmerer is higher than the national average and households make $62,083 per year.
We'd move to Kemmerer if we could in a heart beat.
Crime is something that doesn't happen very often in Sheridan. Statistically the 15th safest place in the state, there were only 17 violent crimes in the entire city last year.
It's really beautiful in Sheridan, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $52,040 a year, and homes are valued at more than $217,900.
What else could you possibly want if you're someone who likes the good things in life?
Cody has a strong showing in our best places to live in Wyoming analysis, coming it at 3rd best.
It ranks highly like many others in the top ten for a low unemployment rate and high adjusted median income. It scored extra points relative to the top ten for its size and things to do.
If you're thinking of moving to Wyoming, Cody is a great option.
Pinedale 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 Pinedale. 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."
Lyman comes in at a close 5th. They have the 4th lowest unemployment rate in the state and the highest median income as well, which means the people in Lyman are working and getting paid well.
Additionally, the median home value is the 15th best in the state.
Say what you want about cheap living. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there's A LOT of demand to live in Jackson.
Jackson ranked impressively high for its crime rate (22nd overall) and its short commute times (10th).
We think that's worth the price of admission.
In Laramie, everyone loves to call Laramie home! The median home value is the 10th highest in Wyoming.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 15th lowest in the state and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Equality State.
There's two types of people who live in Douglas. 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 $190,100 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. Douglas is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.
Bar Nunn is feeling the love as it ranks as the 9th best city to live in Wyoming for 2020.
It ranked highly because of its high incomes (2nd overall) and low crime (26th 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".
Lander 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 Lander has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 2.9% and lowering. And the Lander police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 29th lowest in the state here.
Who wouldn't want to live in a place like this?
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 63,243 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 cities to live in Wyoming 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 Kemmerer.
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 Kemmerer 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.
Kemmerer made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Wyoming for 2020.
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. 11,069)
- Mills (Pop. 3,848)
- Evansville (Pop. 2,944)
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