These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Wyoming For 2018


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

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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:

  1. Sheridan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Cody (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Laramie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Jackson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Pinedale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Kemmerer (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Gillette (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Bar Nunn (Homes For Sale)
  9. Lyman (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. 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.

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

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

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, WY

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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 is a cute little city where crime is far below the state average, and where it’s affordable. The schools are also solidly rated.

Home prices clock in at $204,300 and households earn a median salary of $48,804. One could get used to that.

Cody, WY

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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

With the unemployment rate being the 5th lowest in Wyoming and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Cody.

Plus, the crime rate is the 14th lowest in the state!

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

Laramie is by far one of the best places to live in Wyoming: the math proves it! This city has the 13th lowest unemployment rate and the 26th highest median income in all of Wyoming.

Plus, the median home values are the 7th highest in the state. And if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 6th lowest in the state, making Laramie a safe and great place to live.

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

Crime is something that doesn’t happen very often in Jackson. Statistically the 13th safest place in the state, there were only 30 violent crimes in the entire city last year.

It’s really beautiful in Jackson, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $70,517 a year, and homes are valued at more than $573,400.

What else could you possibly want if you’re someone who likes the good things in life?

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

Taking its place as the 5th best place in Wyoming is Pinedale. 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 0.0% helps thing too.

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

Kemmerer offers an impressive amount to do while maintaining a small town’s charm.

The unemployment rate sits as the 2nd lowest in Wyoming and incomes are the 10th highest.

When you come into town be sure to check out the parks as they are a good time for people of all ages.

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

Gillette 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 Gillette has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 4.6% and lowering. And the Gillette police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 16th lowest in the state here.

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?

Overall SnackAbility

7
/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

In Bar Nunn, everyone loves to call Bar Nunn home! The median home value is the 4th highest in Wyoming.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 7th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Equality State.

Bar Nunn should consider renaming to Paradise Valley in our humble opinion.

Lyman, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/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 comes in at a close 9th. They have the 5th lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 3rd highest median income as well, which means the people in Lyman are working and getting paid well.

Additionally, the median home value is the 16th best in the state.

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

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

Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 11th lowest in Wyoming and the median income comes in at $57,964.

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

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 2018.

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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Detailed List Of 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
11 Lander 7,744 5.8% $199,200
12 Wright 2,326 4.2% $185,600
13 Cheyenne 62,879 6.4% $187,700
14 Thermopolis 2,918 3.2% $137,300
15 Douglas 6,478 5.2% $188,600
16 Buffalo 4,619 6.9% $224,700
17 Lovell 2,347 4.8% $117,500
18 Rock Springs 23,967 4.9% $203,800
19 Wheatland 3,633 4.9% $167,300
20 Powell 6,396 2.7% $176,000
21 Green River 12,574 7.0% $193,400
22 Glenrock 2,607 10.8% $170,400
23 Torrington 6,759 8.7% $136,300
24 Rawlins 9,114 6.1% $147,100
25 Worland 5,383 10.0% $120,900
26 Newcastle 3,503 6.4% $129,000
27 Evanston 12,179 8.0% $170,100
28 Riverton 11,044 6.8% $160,300
29 Mills 3,677 7.1% $100,400
30 Evansville 2,880 6.9% $164,300

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