10 Best Places To Live In Wyoming For 2019


These are the cream of the crop in the Cowboy State.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in Wyoming.

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Wyoming is best known for its cowboys and cowgirls, the mountains in Jackson, the world's largest rodeo in Cheyenne, and some of the best places in the country to call home.

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.

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 2019? Well according to the US Census and FBI data we crunched, Sheridan is the best place to live in Wyoming if you care about home values, low crime, and a high quality of life.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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The 10 Best Places To Live In Wyoming For 2019

Sheridan, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 17,866
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $204,300 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (10th best)
More on Sheridan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sheridan ranks 1st 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 Sheridan over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.

Cody, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 9,776
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $207,900 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.7% (5th best)
More on Cody: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cody 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.

Laramie, WY

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 32,096
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $206,700 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (13th best)
More on Laramie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Laramie by HomeSnacks User

Laramie is a university town with a variety of activities for people of all ages. Attitudes are easy going and accepting. People are open, honest, and freindly. There are mulitple local places of historical interest, natural wonders and avenues of adventure.

The Snowy mountain range was my favorite place with gorgous granite scenery, lakes, and seasonal hiking,skiing and snowboarding. The university always had activities going on in arts, sciences, and sports. Native American culture was highlighted as well as exploration and developemnt of the west.

Jackson, WY

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,279
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $573,400 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.6% (3rd best)
More on Jackson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The crime is the 13th lowest in the state in Jackson, and there were only 30 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 Jackson earn $70,517 a year.

Pinedale, WY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,044
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $237,500 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 0.0% (1st best)
More on Pinedale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pinedale is by far one of the best places to live in Wyoming: the math proves it! This city has the 1st lowest unemployment rate and the 4th highest median income in all of Wyoming.

Plus, the median home values are the 2nd highest in the state. And if all of that isn't enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 20th lowest in the state, making Pinedale a safe and great place to live.

Kemmerer, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,710
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $173,800 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.1% (2nd best)
More on Kemmerer: Real Estate | Data | Photos

At an unemployment rate of 2.1%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Kemmerer. And the residents command high salaries ($62,992 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($173,800 each).

We're not saying money is why these cities are the 'best' in Wyoming. What we're implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there's nothing wrong with that.

Gillette, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 32,033
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $207,600 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (12th best)
More on Gillette: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,682
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $211,000 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (7th best)
More on Bar Nunn: Real Estate | Data

Who wouldn't want to live in a place where there's low crime and everyone is rich? That's the case with Bar Nunn.

Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 7th lowest in Wyoming and the median income comes in at $73,800.

This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

Lyman, WY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,197
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $177,900 (16th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.7% (5th best)
More on Lyman: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Casper, WY

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 59,397
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $189,400 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (11th best)
More on Casper: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Taking its place as the 10th best place in Wyoming is Casper. Residents here earn a really high salary each year, and crime is fairly low, in comparison to the rest of Wyoming.

It's considered a cultural community, as it boasts an arts scene, and many ethnic restaurants, too. Which means you can't be bored here.

An unemployment rate of only 4.5% helps thing too.

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'.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

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
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

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

  1. Rafter J Ranch (Pop. 1,466)
  2. South Park (Pop. 1,557)
  3. Sleepy Hollow (Pop. 1,080)
  4. Moose Wilson Road (Pop. 1,736)
  5. Antelope Valley-Crestview (Pop. 1,498)
  6. Vista West (Pop. 1,016)
  7. Dayton (Pop. 1,008)
  8. Marbleton (Pop. 1,357)
  9. Mountain View (Pop. 1,333)
  10. Sundance (Pop. 1,310)

Best Small Towns To Live In Wyoming

  1. Taylor (Pop. 60)
  2. Hyattville (Pop. 55)
  3. Hill View Heights (Pop. 58)
  4. Brookhurst (Pop. 183)
  5. Grover (Pop. 283)
  6. Fairview (Pop. 488)
  7. Casper Mountain (Pop. 461)
  8. Elk Mountain (Pop. 172)
  9. Cokeville (Pop. 555)
  10. Hartville (Pop. 74)

If you're curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Wyoming according to the data:

  1. Riverton (Pop. 11,044)
  2. Mills (Pop. 3,677)
  3. Evansville (Pop. 2,880)

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Where Are The Best Places To Live In Wyoming?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Sheridan 17,866 4.3% $204,300
2 Cody 9,776 2.7% $207,900
3 Laramie 32,096 4.7% $206,700
4 Jackson 10,279 2.6% $573,400
5 Pinedale 2,044 0.0% $237,500
6 Kemmerer 2,710 2.1% $173,800
7 Gillette 32,033 4.6% $207,600
8 Bar Nunn 2,682 2.8% $211,000
9 Lyman 2,197 2.7% $177,900
10 Casper 59,397 4.5% $189,400

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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