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 Hawaii 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.
Learn more about the safest places in Wyoming.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Wyoming
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Wyoming For 2020
Today, Cheyenne is the 1st most dangerous city in the state.
Unlike other cities on the list, Cheyenne has seen a recent boom in crime, with violent crime going up from 2015-17, and property crime also going up.
Watch your wallet in Cheyenne, because there’s a 1 in 25.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime while you’re there.
Thermopolis is the 2nd most dangerous city in Wyoming.
From 2015-17, violent crime went up by 25%, leaving residents with about a 1 in 224 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.
Evansville is the 3rd most violent city in the state.
Both categories of crime have been going up between 2015-17.
Folks in Evansville have about 1 violent crime per 176 residents.
The lowest populated city to make this list, Riverton is not nearly as violent as the cities much bigger than itself.
While property crime sits at a 1 in 33.4 chance of being the victim of theft or arson, it’s probably an acceptable trade off for a 8th violent crime rank.
Rawlins is the 5th most violent city in Wyoming.
Unfortunately, Rawlins has experienced a quick and steady rise in its crime in recent years, with both violent and property crime increasing between 2015-17.
In 2017, residents of Rawlins had a 1 in 238 chance of being the victim of violence.
Casper has more problems — namely crime. It’s the 6th most dangerous city in Wyoming.
Statistically, 1 in 497 people in Casper was the victim of a rape, attack or outright killed in 2017. That’s a really large number.
And that’s just residents who actually reported a crime. Chances are it was even higher than that.
Powell ranks as the 7th most dangerous city in Wyoming.
That’s due to it ranking 7th in violent crimes and 11th in property crimes. Residents had about a 1 in 57.2 chance of being a victim of a property crime.
Gillette ranked 7th overall for property crime, while 13th for violent crime.
Cody ranks as the 9th most dangerous city in Wyoming according to 2017’s data.
While there’s still a 1 in 68.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Cody, their crime statistics in both categories have been falling steadily over recent years.
Torrington experienced a drop in its property crime rate between 2015-17.
That’s a difference of residents having about a 1 in 15 shot of being the victim of theft or arson at the beginning to a 1 in 91.8 shot in 2017.
Violent crime, meanwhile, remained at around the same level.
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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 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 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.
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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