Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Wyoming?
We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our home towns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.
In order to help the good people of Wyoming — and anyone looking to move to Wyoming — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious data analysis.
The data shows that these ten places are currently the most dangerous in Wyoming:
- Douglas (Photos)
- Riverton (Photos)
- Jackson (Photos)
- Powell (Photos)
- Rawlins (Photos)
- Rock Springs (Photos)
- Gillette (Photos)
Read on for a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking. Or learn more about the safest places in Wyoming.
How We Determined The Most Dangerous Places In Wyoming
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the most dangerous, we didn’t want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI’s last three years of reporting.
Specifically, we analyzed the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year.
Violent crimes are defined as rapes, murders, robberies and aggravated assaults.
While we had data on every single place in the state, we only analyzed places with populations of more than 5,000 people as of 2014, which is the last year the report was available.
In our opinion, rate statistics become too variable for places with under 5,000 people where one violent crime can swing a places rank dramatically.
This left us with a total of 32 places in Wyoming to rank.
Finally, we made 2014 factor more heavily than 2013, and 2013 more heavily than 2012, since more recent crimes are a bigger factor in determining how dangerous a place is now.
If any places tied, we used the violent crime rank as a tiebreaker.
You can see our overall ranking at the bottom of the post.
We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where crimes occurred most frequently.
Population: 6,561Property Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 3,048
Violent Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 411
Population: 11,056Property Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 4,052
Violent Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 280
Population: 10,269Property Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 2,122
Violent Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 477
Population: 3,657Property Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 3,007
Violent Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 191
Population: 6,516Property Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 2,593
Violent Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 260
Population: 9,160Property Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 2,172
Violent Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 283
Population: 4,651Property Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 2,730
Violent Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 193
8. Rock Springs
Population: 24,431Property Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 2,210
Violent Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 274
Population: 32,281Property Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 2,964
Violent Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 157
Population: 2,910Property Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 1,477
Violent Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 756
Wrapping It Up
While it might feel like your city is dangerous, you can take solace in the fact that even the most dangerous place in Wyoming really isn’t all that dangerous.
With only about a 3% chance of being the victim of a crime in Douglas in any given year, you can stay safe simply by being smart about where you are and what you are doing.
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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Wyoming