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.

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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 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.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Wyoming 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

So what is the most dangerous city in Wyoming? After analyzing 26 cities in Wyoming, Evansville takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Wyoming based on the most recent FBI data.

For 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.

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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Wyoming

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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.

The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Wyoming For 2019

Evansville, WY

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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

Both property crime and violent crime fell in Evansville between 2015-17, but both bounced back up in 2017 relative to the one year previous.

Residents still faced a 1 in 91 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.

Cheyenne, WY

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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

Coming in 2nd is Cheyenne, a city of over 64,730.

With residents facing a 1 in 309 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017, Cheyenne ranked 5th for that criteria.

Property crime now ranks 2nd in Wyoming.

Review Of Cheyenne by HomeSnacks User

It was a very nice, quiet town. I had a hard time navigating – most of the cities and towns I have traveled to have a very intuitive layout, but not Cheyenne.

Lack of grocery stores close to I-25; it was very difficult to find what my family needed in terms of groceries due to the sparsity of stores.

Riverton, WY

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Overall SnackAbility

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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 ranks as the 3rd most dangerous in Wyoming.

The city has not seen any improvements in its violent crime in recent years, but property crime did drop between 2015-17.

That’s good, because without this improvement, Riverton’s property crime rate might be the worst in Wyoming.

Powell, WY

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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

Powell ranks as the 4th most dangerous city in Wyoming thanks to 4th place finish in violent crime and a 7th place finish in property crime.

Those rankings contribute to a 1 in 41.7 of being the victim of a crime in Powell.

Rock Springs, WY

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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 has seen recent crime trend upwards. Violent crime has increased in 2015-17, with most recent numbers showing an high 1 in 215 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.

Property crime is also high at 1 in 50.2 chance of being a victim.

Rawlins, WY

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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

Rawlins is certainly lively when it comes to nighttime activities. This tiny city ranks 49.5 in the state for property crimes.

Residents here in Rawlins have a 1 in 43.1 chance of being the victim of a crime in 2017, which was the last reporting year. That means if you live in Rawlins, someone you know was likely the victim of a theft, home break-in or arson.

Casper, WY

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Overall SnackAbility

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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

This trend holds true today as Casper ranked 14th for violent crime in Wyoming and 7th in the most dangerous overall ranking.

But it’s really parts of Casper that you need to look out for. Certain neighborhoods have much more violent crime than others.

Thermopolis, WY

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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, Wyoming ranks as having the 2nd highest violent crime rate.

While property crime fell by between 2015-17, violent crime rose.

That increase left Thermopolis residents with a 1 in 195 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.

Newcastle, WY

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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 takes the 9th spot in our analysis of the most dangerous cities in Wyoming.

The rough and tumble nature of the town leaks into the crime stats.

The city ranks 7th for violent crime and 15th for property crime.

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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 is way out on Route 26 near Wyoming. If you’re passing through, lock your car doors. Residents here have a 1 in 46.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime, which is the second highest in the state.

Job growth is negative here, which isn’t a good sign. Crime is typically contained on the south end of town.

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)

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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

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