Poorest Cities In Wyoming For 2021

We analyzed the cities and towns in Wyoming to determine which ones are at the bottom of the income ladder.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the poorest places in Wyoming.

Wyoming brings to mind images of Cheyenne, beautiful landscapes, and some of the best people you'll find in the good ole US of A.

However, like all states, Wyoming has certain places that are going on hard times. These places have an above average percent of people that are living in poverty, out of work, or not making as much as they should be.

With all the talk about income inequality going on around the country, we thought it prudent to take a look at the places in each state that are struggling to make it even as the economy continues to improve. So we set our sites on bringing attention to the places in Wyoming that could use a helping hand.

To do so, we analyzed the newest Census data from the American Community Survey for the 29 places in Wyoming with more than 2,000 people.

Here are the ten poorest places in Wyoming for 2021:

  1. Lovell
  2. Afton
  3. Torrington
  4. Laramie
  5. Powell
  6. Mills
  7. Evanston
  8. Riverton
  9. Thermopolis
  10. Worland

Again, this isn't a commentary on the people that live there or the vibrant culture and traditions of these places. Instead, it's just a look at the facts.

What's the poorst city in Wyoming? According to the facts, Lovell is the poorest place in Wyoming for 2021.

Rich people more your cup of tea? Feel free to check out the best places in Wyoming or the most dangerous.

For more on how we calculated the top ten, and for more information about these places, read on.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the poorest states in America or the poorest cities in America.

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The 10 Poorest Cities In Wyoming For 2021

1. Lovell

Lovell, WY

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Population: 2,237
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $45,259 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.0% (4th highest)
Poverty Rate: 15.9% (2nd highest)
More on Lovell:  Data | Photos

Lovell, unfortunately, ranks as the poorest place in Wyoming thanks to combination of low pay and and a lack of jobs.

The city of 2,237 people averages the lowest median household income in Wyoming and the 2nd highest poverty rate. At the very least, the cost of living ranks in the bottom 15% of place in the state, so things like housing are relatively affordable.

2. Afton

Afton, WY

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Population: 2,058
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 6)
Median Income: $51,458 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.4% (highest)
Poverty Rate: 11.6% (11th highest)
More on Afton:  Data | Photos

The second poorest city in Wyoming is Afton.

The city ranks as having the 11th highest incidence of poverty and 4th lowest median household income. However, the unemployment rate 'only' ranks as the highest in the Equality State.

3. Torrington

Torrington, WY

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Population: 6,675
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $51,818 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 11.1% (3rd highest)
Poverty Rate: 13.0% (9th highest)
More on Torrington:  Data | Photos

Placing as the third poorest city, Torrington's median income ranks as the 5th lowest.

And that's a sign that there's a relatively substantial jump in the quality of the economy from second to third place on our list. The poverty rate is 12.964791049687395% and ranks near the bottom of places in the state.

But what makes up for the relatively low incomes of the city is its low cost of living. The income you do make here goes further than in most parts of the Equality State.

4. Laramie

Laramie, WY

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Population: 32,381
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $46,117 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.8% (15th highest)
Poverty Rate: 23.9% (highest)
More on Laramie:  Data | Photos

Laramie ranks as the fourth poorest place in Wyoming.

The town ranks as having the 2nd lowest median household income and the highest incidence of poverty in the state.

That being said, there's still a ton of cultural diversity in the city as it hosts many events throughout the year.

5. Powell

Powell, WY

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Population: 6,295
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 7)
Median Income: $56,875 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (7th highest)
Poverty Rate: 15.5% (3rd highest)
More on Powell:  Data | Photos

The fifth poorest city in Wyoming is Powell.

The city ranks as having the 10th lowest median income in the state. However, an extremely low cost of living prevents a good number of folks from living in poverty as the poverty rate only ranks as the 3rd highest in Wyoming.

Still not the best news for Powell.

6. Mills

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Population: 3,919
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 5)
Median Income: $46,240 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.4% (5th highest)
Poverty Rate: 10.7% (14th highest)
More on Mills:  Data

Mills ranks as the sixth poorest place in the Equality State.

It ranks as having the 14th highest incidence of poverty and the 5th highest unemployment rate.

7. Evanston

Evanston, WY

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Population: 11,848
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $58,566 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (6th highest)
Poverty Rate: 14.1% (7th highest)
More on Evanston:  Data | Photos

Evanston places as the seventh poorest city in Wyoming.

The city of over 11,848 ranks as having the 7th highest incidence of poverty in the state. However, it has a very low cost of living which helps to pay the bills each month.

8. Riverton

Riverton, WY

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Population: 10,891
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $52,463 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (12th highest)
Poverty Rate: 12.7% (10th highest)
More on Riverton:  Data | Photos

Riverton ranks as the eighth poorest city in Wyoming.

The big issue for the town is the unemployment rate which ranks as the 12th highest in the state.

9. Thermopolis

Thermopolis, WY

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Population: 2,703
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Median Income: $53,162 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (18th highest)
Poverty Rate: 15.2% (5th highest)
More on Thermopolis:  Data | Photos

Thermopolis couldn't stay out of the top ten poorest places in Wyoming; it ranks number 9.

While the median income is the 8th lowest, there are a substantial number of people that live below the poverty line. Overall, Thermopolis ranks as having the 5th most people living in poverty of all the places we analyzed in Wyoming.

10. Worland

Worland, WY

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Population: 5,180
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Income: $52,598 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (17th highest)
Poverty Rate: 13.6% (8th highest)
More on Worland:  Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten poorest cities in Wyoming is Worland.

The city of 5,180 people ranks in the bottom 20% for both median income and poverty rate in the Equality State.

How We Determined The Poorest Places In Wyoming for 2021

The first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about determining the poorest places is to simply the poverty rate. That is, the number of people living below a federally established level of income for a household of a certain size.

However, we don't think that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the "poorest places". So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2015-2019 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income adjusted for the cost of living
  • Unemployment Rate

The "median household income adjusted for the cost of living" attempts to gauge how expensive it is to live in a place and how that impacts the quality of life. For example, a town might have fewer people living below the official poverty line, but the cost of living is so high they'd still feel poor.

The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for improvement in the city or town. If more people are employed, the brighter the future looks and vice versa.

After we collected the data for all 29 places with more than 2,000 people in Wyoming, we ranked each place from 1 to 29 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the poorest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a "Poor Score" with the place having the lowest overall Poor Score, Lovell, crowned the "Poorest Place In Wyoming For 2021". You can download the data here.

There You Have It - The Poorest Places In Wyoming For 2021

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the poorest places in Wyoming, we weren't sure what we'd encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Wyoming.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very bottom of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you're curious enough, here are the richest cities in Wyoming, according to data:

    Richest: Jackson
    2nd Richest: Kemmerer
    3rd Richest: Bar Nunn

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Detailed List Of The Poorest Places To Live In Wyoming

Rank City Population Poverty Rate
1 Lovell 2,237 15.9%
2 Afton 2,058 11.6%
3 Torrington 6,675 13.0%
4 Laramie 32,381 23.9%
5 Powell 6,295 15.5%
6 Mills 3,919 10.7%
7 Evanston 11,848 14.1%
8 Riverton 10,891 12.7%
9 Thermopolis 2,703 15.2%
10 Worland 5,180 13.6%
11 Glenrock 2,594 11.0%
12 Buffalo 4,578 15.4%
13 Rawlins 8,820 11.0%
14 Newcastle 3,445 8.3%
15 Cheyenne 63,607 10.4%
16 Sheridan 17,844 6.8%
17 Gillette 32,857 14.3%
18 Casper 58,446 10.0%
19 Douglas 6,393 9.9%
20 Lander 7,555 8.4%
21 Rock Springs 23,319 9.9%
22 Green River 12,069 9.0%
23 Evansville 2,963 8.7%
24 Lyman 2,285 10.0%
25 Wheatland 3,558 3.2%
26 Cody 9,764 6.7%
27 Bar Nunn 2,782 2.6%
28 Kemmerer 2,747 6.3%
29 Jackson 10,553 6.0%

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