These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Wyoming


We analyzed over 32 places in Wyoming to identify the most dangerous in the state.

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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:

  1. Douglas (Photos)
  2. Riverton (Photos)
  3. Jackson (Photos)
  4. Wheatland
  5. Powell (Photos)
  6. Rawlins (Photos)
  7. Buffalo
  8. Rock Springs (Photos)
  9. Gillette (Photos)
  10. Evansville

Why did Douglas take the top spot? And where are Cheyenne and Casper?

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.

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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.

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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.

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1. Douglas

Douglas, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,561
Property Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 3,048
Violent Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 411

2. Riverton

Riverton, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,056
Property Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 4,052
Violent Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 280

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3. Jackson

Jackson, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,269
Property Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 2,122
Violent Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 477

4. Wheatland

Wheatland, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,657
Property Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 3,007
Violent Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 191

5. Powell

Powell, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,516
Property Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 2,593
Violent Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 260

6. Rawlins

Rawlins, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,160
Property Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 2,172
Violent Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 283

7. Buffalo

Buffalo, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,651
Property Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 2,730
Violent Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 193

8. Rock Springs

Rock Springs, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,431
Property Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 2,210
Violent Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 274

9. Gillette

Gillette, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,281
Property Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 2,964
Violent Crime Per 100k People In 2014: 157

10. Evansville

Evansville, Wyoming

Source: Flickr

Population: 2,910
Property 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

City Rank Population Property Crime Per 100K Violent Crime Per 100K
Douglas 1 6,561 3,048 411
Riverton 2 11,056 4,052 280
Jackson 3 10,269 2,122 477
Wheatland 4 3,657 3,007 191
Powell 5 6,516 2,593 260
Rawlins 6 9,160 2,172 283
Buffalo 7 4,651 2,730 193
Rock Springs 8 24,431 2,210 274
Gillette 9 32,281 2,964 157
Evansville 10 2,910 1,477 756
Sheridan 11 17,920 2,254 217
Torrington 12 6,842 1,563 306
Moorcroft 13 1,027 1,655 292
Cheyenne 14 63,155 2,842 140
Pine Bluffs 15 1,159 1,725 258
Greybull 16 1,895 844 369
Lander 17 7,788 3,184 25
Casper 18 60,771 2,685 138
Mills 19 3,597 2,585 139
Evanston 20 12,277 2,932 73
Laramie 21 32,037 2,200 149
Newcastle 22 3,522 2,015 170
Afton 23 1,961 2,039 152
Green River 24 12,839 1,261 241
Cody 25 9,906 1,897 151
Kemmerer 26 2,714 1,436 184
Glenrock 27 2,654 1,055 188
Sundance 28 1,230 1,869 81
Lovell 29 2,439 738 123
Worland 30 5,447 991 55
Saratoga 31 1,667 479 119
Thermopolis 32 3,047 722 32

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