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:
- Riverton (Photos)
- Cheyenne (Photos)
- Rock Springs (Photos)
- Douglas (Photos)
- Rawlins (Photos)
- Jackson (Photos)
- Powell (Photos)
- Torrington (Photos)
Why did Riverton 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.
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Wyoming for 2018?
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 2016 data, specifically the 2016 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2017 in October 2018.
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 — Riverton. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Wyoming.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Wyoming.
Population: 10,905Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 430
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,593
It’s probably no surprise for most Wyominger’s to see Riverton taking first place for most dangerous city in the state.
Riverton experienced a rise in violent crime between 2014-16, tempered by a drop in property crime, meaning that, overall, crime has stayed at about the same level over the years.
In 2016, folks in Riverton had a 1 in 232 chance of being murdered, raped, or assaulted, and a 1 in 17.9 chance of being robbed or the victim of arson.
Population: 64,046Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 268
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,789
Cheyenne ranks highly for the occurrence of crime. In particular, violent crime rates in Cheyenne stick out for being the 8th worst in Wyoming.
There were 172 violent crimes in Cheyenne, but that’s down from earlier in the decade.
A City Data user says, “I dO NOT recommend Cheyenne for a single person looking to get out there and have fun and meet people.” Probably because going out there leads to crime.
Population: 2,999 Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,133
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,234
Evansville, a smaller town with almost 2,999 residents, is, according to the FBI, a very dangerous place.
There were more than 34 violent crimes here in 2016, meaning that 1 in 88 residents was the victim of a serious attack. Crime seems to be ticking up here as well, as violent crimes have gone up 10% since 2015.
4. Rock Springs
Population: 24,161Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 326
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,032
Rock Springs is the 5th most violent of the most dangerous cities in Wyoming, but it’s 12th in terms of property crime.
That is partially due to a hike in property crime from 2014-16, which left residents with a 1 in 49.2 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2016.
Violent crime also went up during this period, so Rock Springs’s trend means it might stay in the top 10 for a few years.
Population: 6,617Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 604
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,783
Douglas has the smallest population of any city in Wyoming, but still places 5th in our ranking.
Living in such a small place evidently breeds a high rate of violence in the state, with residents of Douglas facing a 1 in 165 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2016.
Population: 9,004Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 188
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,109
Rawlins has more violent crime than most cities in the Equality State.
While property crime dropped by 10% between 2014-16, violent crime rose by 11%, producing very little net gain for the city’s overall crime rate.
In 2016, Rawlins residents had a 1 in 32.2 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.
Population: 3,854 Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 207
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,516
Mills is the least populated city on this list, as well as the least violent.
Residents of Mills faced a 1 in 39.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2016.
Mills has been improving a lot lately too, with reductions in both violent and property crime between 2014-16.
Population: 10,713Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 280
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,820
Jackson’s violent crime rate resembles something more like a big city than the small town that it is.
The crime mentality of the populus gave Jackson a 6th place finish for violent crime rank and 15th for property crime.
Population: 6,491Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 200
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,341
The smallest place to make this list, Powell ranks as the 9th most dangerous city in Wyoming.
There’s a 1 in 42.7 chance being robbed in 2016. Yikes.
Population: 6,676Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 374
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,482
Torrington, located in Goshen County, is the 10th most dangerous and 4th most violent city in Wyoming.
Violent crime has remained high from 2014-16, during which time property crime fell by only small amounts.
Locking It All Up In Wyoming
The latest FBI crime data shows that Riverton ranks as the most dangerous city in Wyoming for 2018.
However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Riverton’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.
If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Wyoming:
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