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 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.
Sheridan is by far one of the best places to live in Wyoming: the math proves it! This city has the 10th lowest unemployment rate and the 19th highest median income in all of Wyoming.
Plus, the median home values are the 8th highest in the state. And if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 12th lowest in the state, making Sheridan a safe and great place to live.
The crime is the 14th lowest in the state in Cody, and there were only 11 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it’s even safer here than the numbers indicate.
The schools are some of the best in Wyoming, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in Cody earn $56,659 a year.
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.
Jackson had the 3rd lowest unemployment of any place in our research (2.6%) and the 13th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.
Jackson is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it’s like to live there.
Taking a similar route to the top ten as many others on this list, Pinedale ranked highly for adjusted median income (4th), crime (20th), and unemployment (1st).
With a population of 2,044 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 Pinedale, you can be anything you want.
If you want to live in Wyoming, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the Kemmerer area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.
Can you blame them? It’s a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $62,992 median income will do that).
Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Kemmerer as great as possible. You can’t get it much better than in Kemmerer.
Perhaps what makes Gillette so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.
However, quality education isn’t all that makes Gillette great. They also have the 2nd highest median income and the 20th shortest commute time.
Well, I guess technically 2.8% of Bar Nunn residents who want to have a job can’t find one, so not everyone has a job, but it’s the 7th closest of any city in Wyoming.
You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.
In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, Bar Nunn also ranked well for crime (28th) and median income ($73,800).
Good things do come in small packages; it’s true for Lyman, which with a population of 2,197 makes it one of the smallest on this list.
Relatively low unemployment and relatively high adjusted income are just two blessings Lyman residents enjoy.
The 23rd lowest crime rate in all of Wyoming makes Lyman one of the safest place on this list.
The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Wyoming, as there were only 70 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 11th lowest in Wyoming (4.5%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.
Additionally, homes are the 12th most expensive in Casper ($189,400), meaning a lot of people want to live there.
Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $57,964 a year.
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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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Wyoming