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.
So what is the most dangerous city in Wyoming? After analyzing 26 cities in Wyoming, Evansville takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Wyoming based on the most recent FBI data.
For 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.
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Wyoming For 2019
Both property crime and violent crime fell in Evansville between 2015-17, but both bounced back up in 2017 relative to the one year previous.
Residents still faced a 1 in 91 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.
Coming in 2nd is Cheyenne, a city of over 64,730.
With residents facing a 1 in 309 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017, Cheyenne ranked 5th for that criteria.
Property crime now ranks 2nd in Wyoming.
Riverton ranks as the 3rd most dangerous in Wyoming.
The city has not seen any improvements in its violent crime in recent years, but property crime did drop between 2015-17.
That’s good, because without this improvement, Riverton’s property crime rate might be the worst in Wyoming.
Powell ranks as the 4th most dangerous city in Wyoming thanks to 4th place finish in violent crime and a 7th place finish in property crime.
Those rankings contribute to a 1 in 41.7 of being the victim of a crime in Powell.
Rock Springs has seen recent crime trend upwards. Violent crime has increased in 2015-17, with most recent numbers showing an high 1 in 215 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.
Property crime is also high at 1 in 50.2 chance of being a victim.
Rawlins is certainly lively when it comes to nighttime activities. This tiny city ranks 49.5 in the state for property crimes.
Residents here in Rawlins have a 1 in 43.1 chance of being the victim of a crime in 2017, which was the last reporting year. That means if you live in Rawlins, someone you know was likely the victim of a theft, home break-in or arson.
This trend holds true today as Casper ranked 14th for violent crime in Wyoming and 7th in the most dangerous overall ranking.
But it’s really parts of Casper that you need to look out for. Certain neighborhoods have much more violent crime than others.
Thermopolis, Wyoming ranks as having the 2nd highest violent crime rate.
While property crime fell by between 2015-17, violent crime rose.
That increase left Thermopolis residents with a 1 in 195 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.
Newcastle takes the 9th spot in our analysis of the most dangerous cities in Wyoming.
The rough and tumble nature of the town leaks into the crime stats.
The city ranks 7th for violent crime and 15th for 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 way out on Route 26 near Wyoming. If you’re passing through, lock your car doors. Residents here have a 1 in 46.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime, which is the second highest in the state.
Job growth is negative here, which isn’t a good sign. Crime is typically contained on the south end of town.
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