If you asked most Wyomingites, they’d rather be a rodeo clown during High School Nationals in Gillette than drive thru Wyoming’s most dangerous places.
You’d think that the tenth largest state, not to mention the least populated state, would have enough room between its residents to keep everyone happy and virtually crime free. Well, folks, that’s not the case for Wyoming’s most dangerous places; and lucky for you, RoadSnacks created a list of the most dangerous place in Wyoming for 2020.
That’s right. Wyoming has some pretty dangerous places and we wanted to know just how dangerous, so we consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 25 cities. We looked at the FBI’s latest crime report for violent crime and property crime statistics for every place with over 2,000 residents. We discovered that while Wyoming is much safer than most of the USA in terms of violent crime, it does have a higher rate of property crime. It’s not lost on us that many of Wyoming’s fastest growing cities are also the state’s most dangerous. This is usually how it works. Law enforcement can’t keep up with demand these cities and the cowboys and cowgirls in these places are taking notice and taking advantage.
Wyoming’s most dangerous places are also facing problems like high unemployment and low wages. People, the cities that made our list have robberies happening in broad daylight; and pork packages in these places, don’t have a fighting chance. There are neighborhoods in these cities that you shouldn’t drive thru, ever, and there are areas that you definitely shouldn’t be in after dark.
We’re not saying that there aren’t little pockets of goodness in these Wyoming cities. There are neighborhoods and shopping centers in Wyoming’s most dangerous cities that are not ALL bad. We do, however, recommend that you take a look at our list below before you make any life changing decisions.
Many people ask why we make these lists. We produce lists like these to help protect the people who already live in Wyoming and the people thinking about moving to the Equality State. Heck, Wyoming’s 1,691 officers can’t be everywhere, so cities suffer.
And the place in Wyoming that is suffering the most? That would be, Cheyenne.
If you want to know where the rest of the most dangerous places in Wyoming are located, take a look at the list below; and if you don’t find what you’re looking for there, head to the bottom.
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This trend holds true today as Cheyenne ranked 6th for violent crime in Wyoming and 1st in the most dangerous overall ranking.
But it’s really parts of Cheyenne that you need to look out for. Certain neighborhoods have much more violent crime than others.
Thermopolis ranks 3rd in violent crime, but 6th overall in property crime to place as the 2nd most dangerous city in Wyoming.
To put that in perspective, you have a 1 in 45.6 chance of being a victim of a property crime in Thermopolis. That makes property crimes much more common in Thermopolis than the safest city, Kemmerer.
Today, Evansville is the 3rd most dangerous city in the state.
Unlike other cities on the list, Evansville has seen a recent boom in crime, with violent crime going up from 2017-2018, and property crime also going up.
Watch your wallet in Evansville, because there’s a 1 in 52.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime while you’re there.
Riverton experienced a rise in violent crime between 2017-2018.
Still, the 1 in 426 chance Riverton residents faced of being the victim of violence in 2018 is still lower than other places in the state.
Meanwhile, you have a 1 in 33.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime, making Riverton the 3rd worst city in Wyoming with regards to theft and arson.
Rawlins is home to the 5th most dangerous population in Wyoming.
Violent crime has been decreasing of late, but the 1 in 51.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime has been fairly consistent.
It seems that the Casper is a hub of crime.
Though residents of Casper had a 1 in 497 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2018, that’s not too bad relative to other cities of its size.
Property crime now stands as the 4th worst in Wyoming.
The smallest city to make this list, Powell is located 45 miles northwest of Wyoming’s capital, Cheyenne.
The small city experienced a large rise in violent crime between 2017-2018.
Still, Powell is the 7th most violent place on this list, with residents facing about a 1 in 379 chance of being the victim of violence in 2018.
Unlike some of the other cities on this list, Gillette has been working towards reducing the rate of violent crime, with impressive results.
Gillette experienced a drop in violent crime between 2017-2018, which is cause for celebration, unlike the increase in property crime.
Residents of Gillette has a 1 in 46.0 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.
Cody has seen a rapid rise in its violent crime in recent years.
Between 2017-2018, the rate of violent crime increased a staggering amount, leaving Cody residents a 1 in 431 chance of being the victim of rape, murder, or assault in 2018.
Property crime also went up during this interval, but that’s a lot less scary than the boom in violence.
Torrington, with a population of 6,699 ranks as the 10th most dangerous city based on 2018 data.
Between 2017-2018, violent crime fell, leaving residents a 1 in 191 chance of being the victim of violence in 2018.
Property crime also dropped during these years, meaning Torrington may be off this list in another year if the trend keeps up.
Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Wyoming
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Wyoming for 2020?
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 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.
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 Wyoming cities over 2,000 in population. That left us with 25 cities in Wyoming.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 25 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 — Cheyenne. Any ties went to the smaller city. You can download the data here.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Wyoming.
Locking It All Up In Wyoming
The latest FBI crime data shows that Cheyenne ranks as the most dangerous city in Wyoming for 2020.
We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Cheyenne 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:
- Worland (Pop. 5,148)
- Glenrock (Pop. 2,584)
- Kemmerer (Pop. 2,761)
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