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:
- Evansville (Photos)
- Cheyenne (Photos)
- Riverton (Photos)
- Powell (Photos)
- Rock Springs (Photos)
- Rawlins (Photos)
- Casper (Photos)
- Thermopolis (Photos)
- Newcastle (Photos)
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.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Wyoming
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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, 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.
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:
- Buffalo (Pop. 4,590)
- Kemmerer (Pop. 2,792)
- Afton (Pop. 2,008)
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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Wyoming