Poorest Cities In Wyoming For 2023

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

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 Wyoming 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 poorest places in Wyoming.

To do so, we analyzed the newest Census data from the American Community Survey for the 31 places in Wyoming with more than 2,000 people.

Here are the ten poorest places in Wyoming for 2023:

  1. Lovell
  2. Riverton
  3. Mills
  4. Laramie
  5. Afton
  6. Buffalo
  7. Powell
  8. Greybull
  9. Rawlins
  10. Torrington

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 2023.

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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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 2023. This is our tenth time ranking the poorest places in Wyoming.

The 10 Poorest Cities In Wyoming For 2023

1. Lovell

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

The city of 2,176 people averages the 3rd lowest median household income in Wyoming and the 3rd 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.

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Population: 2,176
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $50,492 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.1% (5th highest)
Poverty Rate: 15.3% (3rd highest)
More on Lovell:  Data | Photos

Lovell, WY

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2. Riverton

The second poorest city in Wyoming is Riverton.

The city ranks as having the 5th highest incidence of poverty and 5th lowest median household income. However, the unemployment rate ‘only’ ranks as the 4th highest in the Equality State.

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Population: 10,619
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $51,565 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (4th highest)
Poverty Rate: 13.5% (5th highest)
More on Riverton:  Data | Photos

Riverton, WY

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3. Mills

Placing as the third poorest city, Mills’s median income ranks as the 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 13.276765660094831% 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.

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Population: 4,106
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $44,115 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (8th highest)
Poverty Rate: 13.3% (6th highest)
More on Mills:  Data

4. Laramie

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.

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Population: 31,501
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $45,299 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (15th highest)
Poverty Rate: 25.3% (highest)
More on Laramie:  Data | Photos

Laramie, WY

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5. Afton

The fifth poorest city in Wyoming is Afton.

The city ranks as having the 8th 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 9th highest in Wyoming.

Still not the best news for Afton.

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Population: 2,181
Rank Last Year:
Median Income: $54,250 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.2% (3rd highest)
Poverty Rate: 11.5% (9th highest)
More on Afton:  Data | Photos

Afton, WY

6. Buffalo

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

It ranks as having the 2nd highest incidence of poverty and the 17th highest unemployment rate.

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Population: 4,389
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Income: $51,111 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (17th highest)
Poverty Rate: 18.1% (2nd highest)
More on Buffalo:  Data | Photos

Buffalo, WY

7. Powell

Powell places as the seventh poorest city in Wyoming.

The city of over 6,385 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.

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Population: 6,385
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $60,210 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (11th highest)
Poverty Rate: 12.4% (7th highest)
More on Powell:  Data | Photos

Powell, WY

8. Greybull

Greybull ranks as the eighth poorest city in Wyoming.

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

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Population: 2,187
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $57,667 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.6% (highest)
Poverty Rate: 8.0% (22nd highest)
More on Greybull:  Data | Photos

Greybull, WY

9. Rawlins

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

While the median income is the 2lowest, there are a substantial number of people that live below the poverty line. Overall, Rawlins ranks as having the 4th most people living in poverty of all the places we analyzed in Wyoming.

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Population: 8,382
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $68,996 (2lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.5% (10th highest)
Poverty Rate: 14.9% (4th highest)
More on Rawlins:  Data | Photos

Rawlins, WY

10. Torrington

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

The city of 6,196 people ranks in the bottom 20% for both median income and poverty rate in the Equality State.

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Population: 6,196
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Income: $52,917 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (13th highest)
Poverty Rate: 9.9% (16th highest)
More on Torrington:  Data | Photos

Torrington, WY

Methodology: How We Determined The Poorest Places In Wyoming for 2023

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 2017-2021 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 31 places with more than 2,000 people in Wyoming, we ranked each place from 1 to 31 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 2023”.

Summary: The Poorest Places In Wyoming For 2023

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: Star Valley Ranch
    2nd Richest: Jackson
    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 2,176 15.3%
2 Riverton 10,619 13.5%
3 Mills 4,106 13.3%
4 Laramie 31,501 25.3%
5 Afton 2,181 11.5%
6 Buffalo 4,389 18.1%
7 Powell 6,385 12.4%
8 Greybull 2,187 8.0%
9 Rawlins 8,382 14.9%
10 Torrington 6,196 9.9%
11 Sheridan 18,660 10.8%
12 Glenrock 2,914 7.3%
13 Casper 58,547 10.9%
14 Rock Springs 23,505 10.4%
15 Newcastle 3,283 9.4%
16 Evanston 11,802 9.4%
17 Kemmerer 2,632 11.8%
18 Cody 10,055 8.9%
19 Douglas 6,330 11.4%
20 Lander 7,551 8.8%
21 Cheyenne 64,610 8.7%
22 Thermopolis 2,826 10.2%
23 Pinedale 2,058 4.2%
24 Gillette 33,047 10.1%
25 Green River 11,887 5.4%
26 Wheatland 3,567 7.9%
27 Evansville 2,730 6.8%
28 Worland 4,843 7.0%
29 Bar Nunn 2,897 2.7%
30 Jackson 10,728 5.9%
31 Star Valley Ranch 2,168 2.4%