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:
- 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 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 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
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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’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.
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 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.
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
- 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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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Wyoming