10 Most Dangerous Cities In Wyoming


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Equality State for 2019.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Wyoming and is updated 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.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Wyoming 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

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.

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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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Wyoming For 2019

Evansville, WY

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

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

Coming in 1st place for most dangerous places in Wyoming is Evansville.

Here residents face a 1 in 91 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, and a 1 in 45.0 shot for property crime.

Property crime has been pretty consistent lately, while violent crime is on an upward trend, meaning it may overtake some of the other cities in a few years if the situation continues.

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 thanks to 5th place finish in violent crime and a 2nd place finish in property crime.

Those rankings contribute to a 1 in 26.2 of being the victim of a crime in Cheyenne.

Review Of Cheyenne by HomeSnacks User

It was a very nice, quiet town. I had a hard time navigating – most of the cities and towns I have traveled to have a very intuitive layout, but not Cheyenne.

Lack of grocery stores close to I-25; it was very difficult to find what my family needed in terms of groceries due to the sparsity of stores.

Riverton, WY

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/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

The 3rd place ranking for most dangerous in Wyoming goes to Riverton .

Residents have a 1 in 315 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which means rape, murder or aggravated assault. That’s pretty high, but for a state like Wyoming, that’s just unacceptable.

Additionally, if you live in Riverton, you have a 1 in 20.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime. That’s a lot of stolen laptops, cell phones and tractor implements.

There were 1 murders in Riverton in 2017.

Powell, WY

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

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

The 16th most populated city in Wyoming, Powell ranks as the 4th most dangerous.

Powell’s crime problem has been slowly improving in recent years, with violent crime going down from 2015-17, and property crime dropping.

Still, Powell residents face about a 1 in 48.7 chance of being the victim of theft or arson.

Rock Springs, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

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

Rock Springs residents faced a 1 in 215 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017 and a 1 in 50.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime — both statistics that have barely changed in recent years.

It’s the 3rd most violent city.

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

The 12th most populated city in the state, Rawlins is considered the cultural center of northeastern Wyoming.

It is also the center of quite a bit of crime, but at least Rawlinsns are working on fixing it — violent crime was reduced by 4% between 2015-17, and property crime by 5%.

Still, residents had around a 1 in 335 chance of being the victim of violence and about a 1 in 49.5 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

Casper, WY

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

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

Casper placed 7th in our ranking of the most dangerous cities in the Equality State.

This city’s violence now stands a 1 in 659 chance of being the victim of a violent crime. That compares to a 1 in 34.8 chance of being the victim of property crime. That’s pretty bad for a city of about 60,034 people.

Thermopolis, WY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

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

Thermopolis ranks as the 8th most dangerous city in Wyoming.

Over 2,925 people jam pack Thermopolis which must contribute to its high level of property crime (16th highest overall). Violent crime is a bit less of an issue placing 2nd overall.

Newcastle, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
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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

A smaller city on this list, Newcastle has experienced some wild swings in crime in recent years.

While instances of violent crime fell to 11 between 2015-17, property crime now stands at 15th worst.

If they could get the same magic working for property crime as they have for violence, Newcastle may one day be the idyllic place its residents want it to be.

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

It seems that the Mills is a hub of crime.

Though residents of Mills had a 1 in 775 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017, that’s not too bad relative to other cities of its size.

Property crime now stands as the 6th worst in Wyoming.

How Is Your Town In ?

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.

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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Where Are 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

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