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.

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Equality State 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

After analyzing 26 cities in Wyoming, why did Evansville 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.

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.

Evansville, WY

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Overall SnackAbility

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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

Today, Evansville is the 1st 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 2015-17, and property crime also going up.

Watch your wallet in Evansville, because there’s a 1 in 45.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime while you’re there.

Cheyenne, WY

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

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

Cheyenne ranks as the 2nd most dangerous city in Wyoming according to the FBI data.

The city ranks as having the 2nd highest property crime rank and 5th highest violent crime rank in the Equality State.

Riverton, WY

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Overall SnackAbility

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/10

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 is the 9th largest and 3rd most dangerous city in Wyoming.

Residents have a 1 in 20.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime each year, and chances of a violent crime now stand at 1 in 315, making Riverton quite a dangerous place to be.

Powell, WY

Overall SnackAbility

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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

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

Residents still faced a 1 in 291 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.

Rock Springs, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8
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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

The trajectory of Rock Springs’s crime rate gives it a 5th place finish in our analysis.

Violent crime shot up from 2015-17, while instances of property crime also went up.

That left residents of Rock Springs with a 1 in 215 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.

Rawlins, WY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

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 one of the most crime-ridden cities in Wyoming.

Violent crime and property crime have become an issue between 2015-17, which left Rawlins’s residents with a 1 in 335 chance of being the victim of violence, and a 1 in 49.5 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

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

Located in the western part of the state, Wyoming’s capital, Casper, is unfortunately in the top 14th for worst violent crime and 3rd worst property crime rates in the state.

While violence fell between 2015-17, property crime rose, meaning that, overall, Casper’s instances of crime have been increasing.

Residents of Casper had a 1 in 659 chance of being the victim of violence and a 1 in 34.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2017.

Thermopolis, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8
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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

While Thermopolis 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 Thermopolis ranks highly simply because the police department does an excellent job of reporting crimes that occur within its city limits.

Thermopolis has the 2nd most violent crimes in Wyoming.

Newcastle, WY

Overall SnackAbility

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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 placed 9th on our list due, in part, to a 1 in 63.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

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 the 10th most dangerous city in Wyoming.

From 2015-17, violent crime went up by 25%, leaving residents with about a 1 in 775 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.

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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