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
Riverton is the 3rd most violent city in Wyoming and places as the most dangerous overall.
Instances of violent crime leave Riverton residents with a 1 in 232 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016.
Property crime is also at a consistently high level, with about 1 case of theft or arson for every 17.9 residents, each year.
Population: 64,046Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 268
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,789
Cheyenne, located in Laramie County, is the 2nd most dangerous and 8th most violent city in Wyoming.
Violent crime has remained high from 2014-16, during which time property crime fell by only small amounts.
Population: 2,999Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,133
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,234
Evansville ranks as the 3rd most dangerous city in Wyoming.
Over 2,999 people jam pack Evansville which must contribute to its high level of property crime (10th highest overall). Violent crime is a bit less of an issue placing 1st overall.
4. Rock Springs
Population: 24,161Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 326
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,032
Rock Springs, a city in Sweetwater County, has seen its crime increase overall for the last few years. According to the FBI, violent crimes have nearly doubled here, and residents have a 1 in 305 chance of being robbed.
Additionally, there were 79 attacks in a city of only 24,161 residents.
Population: 6,617Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 604
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,783
Douglas is the smallest city to make this list.
Violent crime rose between 2014-16, leaving residents a 1 in 165 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016 (a rate that would earn a top 10 spot in most states).
Douglas’s already horrible property crime statistics also got worse in these years, going up between 2014-16.
Population: 9,004Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 188
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,109
While Rawlins is a known speed trap with rigorous enforcement of speeding laws, it is also a relative hot bed for the occurrence of crime.
As the FBI aggregates crime data based on reporting from local municipalities, it wouldn’t surprise us if Rawlins ranks highly simply because the police department does an excellent job of reporting crimes that occur within its city limits.
Rawlins has the 16th most violent crimes in Wyoming.
Population: 3,854 Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 207
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,516
A smaller city on this list, Mills has experienced some wild swings in crime in recent years.
While instances of violent crime fell to 8 between 2014-16, property crime now stands at 7th worst.
If they could get the same magic working for property crime as they have for violence, Mills may one day be the idyllic place its residents want it to be.
Population: 10,713Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 280
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,820
Jackson is the smallest city to make this list.
Violent crime rose between 2014-16, leaving residents a 1 in 357 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016 (a rate that would earn a top 10 spot in most states).
Jackson’s already horrible property crime statistics also got worse in these years, going up between 2014-16.
Population: 6,491Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 200
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,341
With 152 property crimes reported in 2016 for a town of only 6,491, Powell residents had a greater than 5% chance of being the victim of a property crime.
The good news? The number of crimes is down over 15% from the year prior.
Population: 6,676Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 374
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,482
Torrington ranks as the 10th most dangerous city in Wyoming.
Over 6,676 people jam pack Torrington which must contribute to its high level of property crime (19th highest overall). Violent crime is a bit less of an issue placing 4th overall.
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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