If you asked most Wyomingites, they’d rather be a rodeo clown during High School Nationals in Gillette than drive thru Wyoming’s most dangerous places.
You’d think that the tenth largest state, not to mention the least populated state, would have enough room between its residents to keep everyone happy and virtually crime free. Well, folks, that’s not the case for Wyoming’s most dangerous places; and lucky for you, RoadSnacks created a list of the most dangerous place in Wyoming for 2020.
That’s right. Wyoming has some pretty dangerous places and we wanted to know just how dangerous, so we consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 25 cities. We looked at the FBI’s latest crime report for violent crime and property crime statistics for every place with over 2,000 residents. We discovered that while Wyoming is much safer than most of the USA in terms of violent crime, it does have a higher rate of property crime. It’s not lost on us that many of Wyoming’s fastest growing cities are also the state’s most dangerous. This is usually how it works. Law enforcement can’t keep up with demand these cities and the cowboys and cowgirls in these places are taking notice and taking advantage.
Wyoming’s most dangerous places are also facing problems like high unemployment and low wages. People, the cities that made our list have robberies happening in broad daylight; and pork packages in these places, don’t have a fighting chance. There are neighborhoods in these cities that you shouldn’t drive thru, ever, and there are areas that you definitely shouldn’t be in after dark.
We’re not saying that there aren’t little pockets of goodness in these Wyoming cities. There are neighborhoods and shopping centers in Wyoming’s most dangerous cities that are not ALL bad. We do, however, recommend that you take a look at our list below before you make any life changing decisions.
Many people ask why we make these lists. We produce lists like these to help protect the people who already live in Wyoming and the people thinking about moving to the Equality State. Heck, Wyoming’s 1,691 officers can’t be everywhere, so cities suffer.
And the place in Wyoming that is suffering the most? That would be, Cheyenne.
If you want to know where the rest of the most dangerous places in Wyoming are located, take a look at the list below; and if you don’t find what you’re looking for there, head to the bottom.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Wyoming
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Wyoming For 2020
Unlike some of the other cities on this list, Cheyenne has been working towards reducing the rate of violent crime, with impressive results.
Cheyenne experienced a drop in violent crime between 2017-2018, which is cause for celebration, unlike the increase in property crime.
Residents of Cheyenne has a 1 in 25.1 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.
If you live in Thermopolis, you already know which parts of town to avoid. But did you know you have a 1 in 224 chance of being raped, attacked or outright killed every year? Those are the stats.
Plus, 1 in 45.6 people has their lives screwed up due to a property crime of some sort. Odds are if you’ve lived in Thermopolis for a long time, you’ve been robbed at least one time in your life.
If you pass through Thermopolis, lock your doors. And don’t talk to strangers.
Evansville is the most violent of the most dangerous cities in Wyoming, but it’s 9th in terms of property crime.
That is partially due to a hike in property crime from 2017-2018, which left residents with a 1 in 52.6 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.
Violent crime also went up during this period, so Evansville’s trend means it might stay in the top 10 for a few years.
Riverton is the 4th most violent city in the state.
Both categories of crime have been going up between 2017-2018.
Folks in Riverton have about 1 violent crime per 426 residents.
Rawlins ranks as the 5th most dangerous in Wyoming.
The city has not seen any improvements in its violent crime in recent years, but property crime did drop between 2017-2018.
That’s good, because without this improvement, Rawlins’s property crime rate might be the worst in Wyoming.
This trend holds true today as Casper ranked 11th for violent crime in Wyoming and 6th 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.
A smaller city on this list, Powell has experienced some wild swings in crime in recent years.
While instances of violent crime fell to 17 between 2017-2018, property crime now stands at 11th worst.
If they could get the same magic working for property crime as they have for violence, Powell may one day be the idyllic place its residents want it to be.
Gillette has experienced an unfortunate boom in its crime rate recently.
Between 2017-2018, violent crime and property crime increased.
That left residents of Gillette with a 1 in 46.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 547 chance of being the victim of violence in 2018.
Cody is another city that represents its county as one of the most dangerous places in Wyoming.
Coming in at 9th on our list, Cody mixes (relatively) middle of the pack violent crime and property crime without (relatively) excelling in either one.
We say relative because while its crime rates are middle of the pack for the top ten, they are still high for Wyoming as a whole.
Torrington, with a population of 6,699 ranks as the 10th most dangerous city based on 2018 data.
Between 2017-2018, violent crime fell, leaving residents a 1 in 191 chance of being the victim of violence in 2018.
Property crime also dropped during these years, meaning Torrington may be off this list in another year if the trend keeps up.
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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Wyoming for 2020?
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 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.
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 — Cheyenne. Any ties went to the smaller city. You can download the data here.
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 Cheyenne ranks as the most dangerous city in Wyoming for 2020.
We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Cheyenne 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:
- Worland (Pop. 5,148)
- Glenrock (Pop. 2,584)
- Kemmerer (Pop. 2,761)
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