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:
- Evansville (Photos)
- Cheyenne (Photos)
- Riverton (Photos)
- Powell (Photos)
- Rock Springs (Photos)
- Rawlins (Photos)
- Casper (Photos)
- Thermopolis (Photos)
- Newcastle (Photos)
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.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Wyoming
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 placed 9th on our list due, in part, to a 1 in 63.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime.
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:
- Buffalo (Pop. 4,590)
- Kemmerer (Pop. 2,792)
- Afton (Pop. 2,008)
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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Wyoming