These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Wyoming For 2019


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Equality State for 2019.

Join RoadSnacks
This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out that we updated it for 2019.

Article continues below.

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 hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.

No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. 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 analysis.

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Equality State for 2019:

  1. Evansville (Photos)
  2. Cheyenne (Photos)
  3. Riverton (Photos)
  4. Powell (Photos)
  5. Rock Springs (Photos)
  6. Rawlins (Photos)
  7. Casper (Photos)
  8. Thermopolis (Photos)
  9. Newcastle (Photos)
  10. Mills

After analyzing 26 cities in Wyoming, why did Evansville take the top spot?

For the answer to this question and a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on.

Or learn more about the safest places in Wyoming.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

For more Wyoming reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Wyoming

Most Dangerous Cities In Wyoming Graph

Click To Enlarge

How we determined the most dangerous cities in Wyoming for 2019?

Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.

For our analysis, we focused on the JUST released 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.

So what criteria did we use? Have a look:

  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

In order to make the analysis as apples to apples as possible, we only considered cities over 2,000 in population. That left us with 26 cities in Wyoming.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 26 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the most dangerous for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Dangerous Index”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Dangerous Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in Wyoming — Evansville.

Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Wyoming.

Evansville, WY

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,014
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,094 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,222 (5th most dangerous)
More on Evansville:  Data | Photos

Evansville has seen recent crime trend upwards. Violent crime has increased in 2015-17, with most recent numbers showing an high 1 in 91 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.

Property crime is also high at 1 in 45.0 chance of being a victim.

Cheyenne, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 64,730
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 322 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,499 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Cheyenne:  Data | Photos

Cheyenne is the smallest city to make this list, but don’t let that fool you — the city is also one of the most violent in the state.

Cheyenne residents had a 1 in 309 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.

The only reason Cheyenne is so low on this list is because it has the lowest frequency of property crime (about 1 per 2,265 residents in 2017) of any city on this list.

Riverton, WY

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,028
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 317 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,860 (1st most dangerous)
More on Riverton:  Data | Photos

Riverton is not the refuge that you might be expecting — it ranks as the 3rd most dangerous city in Wyoming.

It has the 6th highest overall violent crime rate.

On the plus side, property crime ranks 1st in the state, meaning it’s not even in the top 10% of cities in Wyoming.

Put differently, property crime isn’t a problem to the same extent violent crime is in the city.

Powell, WY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,422
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 342 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,055 (7th most dangerous)
More on Powell:  Data | Photos

Located in the heart of the Equality State, Powell has the 7th worst rate of property crime in the state, with residents facing a 1 in 4th chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

The city had a 1 in 291 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.

Rock Springs, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 23,886
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 464 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,992 (10th most dangerous)
More on Rock Springs:  Data | Photos

Rock Springs ranks 5th overall for dangerous places in Wyoming.

In 2017, residents faced a 1 in 215 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.

Rock Springs’s violent crimes have risen 8% in recent years, meaning it’s on track to overtake the role of most dangerous city in Wyoming in the not too distant future.

Rawlins, WY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,050
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 298 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,022 (8th most dangerous)
More on Rawlins:  Data | Photos

The smallest city to make this list, Rawlins is located 45 miles northwest of Wyoming’s capital, Cheyenne.

The small city experienced a large rise in violent crime between 2015-17.

Still, Rawlins is the 8th most violent place on this list, with residents facing about a 1 in 335 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.

Casper, WY

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 60,034
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 151 (14th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,876 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Casper:  Data | Photos

Casper has more violent crime than most cities in the Equality State.

While property crime dropped by 10% between 2015-17, violent crime rose by 11%, producing very little net gain for the city’s overall crime rate.

In 2017, Casper residents had a 1 in 34.8 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.

Thermopolis, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,925
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 13)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 512 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,572 (16th most dangerous)
More on Thermopolis:  Data | Photos

Thermopolis took the 8th spot on our.

While violent crime isn’t so much of an issue (it ranks 2nd out of 26), property crime seems to be pretty prevalent as it ranks 16th overall in that category.

Thermopolis has a relatively high population density, which might contribute to the above average property crime rate.

Newcastle, WY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,537
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 310 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,583 (15th most dangerous)
More on Newcastle:  Data | Photos

Newcastle, with a population of 3,537 ranks as the 9th most dangerous city based on 2017 data.

Between 2015-17, violent crime fell, leaving residents a 1 in 321 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.

Property crime also dropped during these years, meaning Newcastle may be off this list in another year if the trend keeps up.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,875
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 129 (16th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,167 (6th most dangerous)
More on Mills:  Data

Mills isn’t in the top ten for either category of crime in Wyoming, but its cumulatively bad score earns it the last spot on this list.

Violent crime sits at 16th overall in 2017, while property crime ranks 6th.

Locking It All Up In Wyoming

The latest FBI crime data shows that Evansville ranks as the most dangerous city in Wyoming for 2019.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Evansville and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Wyoming:

  1. Buffalo (Pop. 4,590)
  2. Kemmerer (Pop. 2,792)
  3. Afton (Pop. 2,008)

For more Wyoming reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Wyoming

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Evansville 3,014 1,094 2,222
2 Cheyenne 64,730 322 3,499
3 Riverton 11,028 317 4,860
4 Powell 6,422 342 2,055
5 Rock Springs 23,886 464 1,992
6 Rawlins 9,050 298 2,022
7 Casper 60,034 151 2,876
8 Thermopolis 2,925 512 1,572
9 Newcastle 3,537 310 1,583
10 Mills 3,875 129 2,167
11 Jackson 10,692 261 1,589
12 Evanston 12,044 132 2,017
13 Douglas 6,615 272 1,496
14 Lander 7,672 0 2,802
15 Gillette 32,826 124 1,733
16 Worland 5,287 170 1,286
17 Wheatland 3,602 55 1,971
18 Sheridan 18,036 44 1,979
19 Torrington 6,729 208 1,069
20 Cody 9,885 111 1,507
21 Green River 12,289 162 992
22 Laramie 32,632 91 1,375
23 Glenrock 2,599 115 923
24 Buffalo 4,590 43 1,176
25 Kemmerer 2,792 107 644
26 Afton 2,008 0 1,095

Like RoadSnacks on Facebook:

 Most Dangerous Cities, Rankings