THE 10 BEST Places To Live In Wyoming For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to live in Wyoming.

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 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.

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 2020

Kemmerer, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,730
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $165,500 (22nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 0.9% (1st best)
More on Kemmerer: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Sheridan, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 17,825
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $217,900 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.7% (5th best)
More on Sheridan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 9,761
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $226,500 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.0% (2nd best)
More on Cody: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, WY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,263
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $232,800 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (10th best)
More on Pinedale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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."

Enough said.

Lyman, WY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,218
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $198,800 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.6% (4th best)
More on Lyman: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Jackson, WY

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,483
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $655,300 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.5% (3rd best)
More on Jackson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Laramie, WY

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 32,178
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $212,300 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (15th best)
More on Laramie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Douglas, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,402
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $190,100 (16th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (7th best)
More on Douglas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,787
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $231,500 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (23rd best)
More on Bar Nunn: Real Estate | Data

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, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,621
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $200,600 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (9th best)
More on Lander: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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'.

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. You can download the data here.

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

  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. 11,069)
  2. Mills (Pop. 3,848)
  3. Evansville (Pop. 2,944)

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Where Are The Best Places To Live In Wyoming?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Kemmerer 2,730 0.9% $165,500
2 Sheridan 17,825 2.7% $217,900
3 Cody 9,761 1.0% $226,500
4 Pinedale 2,263 3.2% $232,800
5 Lyman 2,218 2.6% $198,800
6 Jackson 10,483 2.5% $655,300
7 Laramie 32,178 4.7% $212,300
8 Douglas 6,402 2.8% $190,100
9 Bar Nunn 2,787 6.4% $231,500
10 Lander 7,621 2.9% $200,600

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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.

One thought on “THE 10 BEST Places To Live In Wyoming For 2020

  1. I read your article and enjoyed it, and have considered relocating to Wyoming, however, as a retired person the housing seems to be out of my budget.

    I was looking a Riverton and the housing there is more in my budget. But, since it is ranked the worst city in WY I guess that is out.

    what to do??

    thanks again. ha ha

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