These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In Wyoming

We looked at years of science and data to determine which places in WY are really ghetto.

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There are lots of people who throw the term ‘ghetto’ around. But where is the actual ghetto in Wyoming?

How do you decide if a place is ghetto or not? You ask the internet. According to the Urban Dictionary, a ghetto is defined as:
“urban; of or relating to (inner) city life” and “poor; of or relating to the poor life.”

Using that criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where ghettos might exist in a state, and then put out a list.

After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as the most ghetto places in Wyoming:

  1. Riverton (Photos)
  2. Powell (Photos)
  3. Rawlins (Photos)
  4. Worland (Photos)
  5. Evanston (Photos)
  6. Douglas (Photos)
  7. Cody (Photos)
  8. Torrington (Photos)
  9. Lander (Photos)
  10. Jackson (Photos)

Read on below to see where your home town ranked and why. Or, if this is not up your alley, read about the most redneck towns in Wyoming.


What ghetto criteria did we use for Wyoming?

In order to rank the most ghetto places in Wyoming, we had to determine what criteria defines a ghetto city or neighborhood.

Since a ghetto is defined as a poor area, we used income levels, crime, and education levels as a guide to determine where the most broke citizens in the Equality State live.

Additionally, the staples of inner city life include cheap and discounted retail outlets.

We started by making a list of every place in Wyoming with more than 5,000 people based on the 2010-2014 American Community Survey. That left us with over 17 places in Wyoming.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Google Place data and FBI crime data in addition to the census, this is the criteria we used:

  • Household income levels
  • % Of adults without a high school diploma
  • Number of convenience stores
  • Number of drug stores
  • Number of discount stores
  • Crime

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a 10 mile radius of a city’s center.

All of these results are listed in a per capita basis. Meaning number of stores per person in a city. Additionally, high school graduation rates are determined by looking at the total number of people who live in a city, not the current graduation rate of an area’s high schools.


1. Riverton

Riverton, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,902
Median Income: $42,208
Drug Stores: 2
Discount Stores: 2

2. Powell

Powell, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,365
Median Income: $47,064
Drug Stores: 4
Discount Stores: 1

3. Rawlins

Rawlins, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,198
Median Income: $57,121
Drug Stores: 5
Discount Stores: 2

4. Worland

Worland, Wyoming

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,445
Median Income: $38,652
Drug Stores: 2
Discount Stores: 1

5. Evanston

Evanston, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,253
Median Income: $49,333
Drug Stores: 3
Discount Stores: 2

6. Douglas

Douglas, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,272
Median Income: $57,543
Drug Stores: 2
Discount Stores: 1

7. Cody

Cody, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,687
Median Income: $53,598
Drug Stores: 3
Discount Stores: 2

8. Torrington

Torrington, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,732
Median Income: $43,545
Drug Stores: 2
Discount Stores: 1

9. Lander

Lander, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,627
Median Income: $53,028
Drug Stores: 2
Discount Stores: 1

10. Jackson

Jackson, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,967
Median Income: $64,345
Drug Stores: 7
Discount Stores: 1

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Wyoming where there are a high number of poor and uneducated residents, and where there are a high number of discounted shopping stores, this is an accurate list.

Additionally, here are the least ghetto places in Wyoming:

  1. Green River
  2. Laramie
  3. Cheyenne

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Detailed List Of The Most Ghetto Cities In Wyoming

City Rank Population Median Income Drug Stores Discount Stores
Riverton 1 10,902 $42,208 2 2
Powell 2 6,365 $47,064 4 1
Rawlins 3 9,198 $57,121 5 2
Worland 4 5,445 $38,652 2 1
Evanston 5 12,253 $49,333 3 2
Douglas 6 6,272 $57,543 2 1
Cody 7 9,687 $53,598 3 2
Torrington 8 6,732 $43,545 2 1
Lander 9 7,627 $53,028 2 1
Jackson 10 9,967 $64,345 7 1
Rock Springs 11 23,684 $70,918 5 2
Sheridan 12 17,699 $49,314 5 2
Gillette 13 31,110 $73,426 6 2
Casper 14 57,815 $57,511 6 4
Cheyenne 15 61,470 $54,845 3 5
Laramie 16 31,601 $38,451 1 1
Green River 17 12,600 $71,766 1 1