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.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Wyoming for 2019:
- 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.
The 10 Best Places To Live In Wyoming For 2019
We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Sheridan 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 Sheridan.
Well, I guess technically 2.7% of Cody residents who want to have a job can’t find one, so not everyone has a job, but it’s the 5th 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, Cody also ranked well for crime (14th) and median income ($56,659).
There’s two types of people who live in Laramie. 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 $206,700 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. Laramie is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.
Let’s take a look at why Jackson is a great place to call home for 2019.
There’s low crime in Jackson, and the residents here are gainfully employed (2.6% unemployment rate).
You can make Jackson your home for only $573,400 which won’t be too hard on a $70,517 household salary.
Who doesn’t want to live in Pinedale? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.
Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 0.0%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.
Expect to see more of Pinedale in the news in the coming months.
Kemmerer ranks 6th 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 Kemmerer over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.
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.
The Bar Nunn has the 7th 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 Bar Nunn is higher than the national average and households make $73,800 per year.
We’d move to Bar Nunn if we could in a heart beat.
If you want to live in Wyoming, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the Lyman 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 $75,875 median income will do that).
Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Lyman as great as possible. You can’t get it much better than in Lyman.
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.
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