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)
- Cody (Photos)
- Laramie (Photos)
- Jackson (Photos)
- Gillette (Photos)
- Bar Nunn
- Casper (Photos)
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best 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, 26 towns, and 142 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.
Population: 17,866Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Home Values: $204,300 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (10th best)
When you’re looking at things from purely a scientific standpoint, Sheridan is the best place in Wyoming for 2018.
The residents of Sheridan earn the 19th most per household of any city in the state. Home prices are really high, which means people want to live there very badly. And the crime is very low as well.
Sheridan has a well deserved spot on this list.
Population: 9,776Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Home Values: $207,900 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.7% (5th best)
Taking a similar route to the top ten as many others on this list, Cody ranked highly for adjusted median income (15th), crime (14th), and unemployment (5th).
With a population of 9,776 it was one of the smaller in the top ten and its government website actually goes to pains to say that it’s a “community though not a city”.
But don’t listen to what they say people of Cody, you can be anything you want.
Population: 32,096Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Home Values: $206,700 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (13th best)
You might be surprised to see the Town of Laramie so high on the list. Unless you live in Laramie.
The unemployment rate here is really low, and at4.7%, Laramie residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Wyoming. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Laramie is doing quite well.
Let’s be honest — Laramie is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
Population: 10,279Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Home Values: $573,400 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.6% (3rd best)
Jackson 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 3rd lowest in the state at 2.6%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $70,517, and the average cost of a home is $573,400. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.
We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more publications call Jackson one of America’s gems.
Population: 2,044 Rank Last Year: N/A
Home Values: $237,500 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 0.0% (1st best)
Pinedale takes 5th place on our list of best places in Wyoming for 2018 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (1st overall) and things to do.
Pinedale is no stranger to top ten lists, being named one of the best places to live in the country by multiple outlets over the past ten years.And that tends to happen when home prices hit $237,500 at the median.
Population: 2,710Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Home Values: $173,800 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.1% (2nd best)
It’s obvious why Kemmerer ranks 6th in the state for best places to live: they have the 2nd lowest unemployment rate and the 18th highest home values.
Plus, they’re known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Kemmerer a great place to live.
Population: 32,033Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Home Values: $207,600 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (12th best)
The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Wyoming, as there were only 62 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 12th lowest in Wyoming (4.6%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.
Additionally, homes are the 6th most expensive in Gillette ($207,600), meaning a lot of people want to live there.
Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $75,984 a year.
8. Bar Nunn
Population: 2,682 Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Home Values: $211,000 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (7th best)
Looks like little Bar Nunn might be a hidden gem in Wyoming. The population is shrinking a bit, despite the fact that home values are still rising ($211,000) and crime is really low (28th lowest in the state).
Perhaps the cat’s now out of the bag — quick better move in before prices go up more.
Population: 2,197 Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Home Values: $177,900 (16th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.7% (5th best)
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.
Population: 59,397Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Home Values: $189,400 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (11th best)
Casper had the 11th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (4.5%) and the 22nd lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.
Casper is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it’s like to live there.
Wrapping Up The Best Of The Best 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)
- Hoback (Pop. 1,022)
- Marbleton (Pop. 1,357)
- Mountain View (Pop. 1,333)
Best Small Towns To Live In Wyoming
- Alpine Northwest (Pop. 181)
- Beulah (Pop. 103)
- Fox Park (Pop. 0)
- Brookhurst (Pop. 183)
- Grover (Pop. 283)
- Smoot (Pop. 194)
- Taylor (Pop. 60)
- Whiting (Pop. 153)
- Hyattville (Pop. 55)
- Carpenter (Pop. 321)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Wyoming:
- Evansville (Pop. 2,880)
- Mills (Pop. 3,677)
- Riverton (Pop. 11,044)
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