Do you live in one of the most miserable places in Wyoming?
According to a Harris Poll taken in October of 2015, only a third of Americans say they are truly happy. That’s too bad, considering that Americans – especially folks in Wyoming – don’t really have it too bad, in the grand scheme of things.
But, we were curious – which Wyoming cities might be the most miserable? We’re about to find out, using science and data.
After analyzing the largest cities, we sadly present the most miserable cities in the Equality State:
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably don’t live in one of these cities.
Oh, and by the way, Bar Nunn is the happiest place in WY.
How do you decide if a city in Wyoming is miserable or not?
In order to rank the unhappiest places in Wyoming, we had to determine what criteria makes people happy. It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free, and have a stable home life.
So we went to the Census’s American Community Survey 2010-2014 report for the criteria, flipped the list, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:
- Percentage of residents with a college degree
- Average commute times
- Unemployment rates
- Cost of living
- % of married couples
- % of home owners
- Poverty rate
After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 34 places in Wyoming with over 2,000 people.
We then ranked each place from one to 34 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the most miserable (Any ties were given to the larger place).
Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Miserable Index for each place with the lowest overall Miserable Index “earning” the title “Most Miserable City In Wyoming”.
If you’d like to see the complete list of states, most miserable to happiest, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the unabridged chart.
Population: 2,776People Who Own Their Home: 63.2%
Married Adults: 43.8%
Population: 10,902People Who Own Their Home: 57.0%
Married Adults: 40.6%
Population: 3,545People Who Own Their Home: 50.3%
Married Adults: 42.2%
Population: 12,253People Who Own Their Home: 55.2%
Married Adults: 53.4%
Population: 7,627People Who Own Their Home: 56.6%
Married Adults: 52.5%
Population: 5,445People Who Own Their Home: 56.6%
Married Adults: 49.2%
Population: 9,967People Who Own Their Home: 29.7%
Married Adults: 39.1%
Population: 6,365People Who Own Their Home: 66.6%
Married Adults: 39.3%
Population: 31,601People Who Own Their Home: 38.9%
Married Adults: 34.6%
Population: 9,198People Who Own Their Home: 56.0%
Married Adults: 47.9%
There You Have It
Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in Wyoming is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people are not stable, where you’re stuck in traffic, and no one spent the time to go to college, then this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the happiest cities in WY, according to science:
Most Happy: Bar Nunn
2nd Most Happy: Ranchettes
3rd Most Happy: Mills
Detailed List Of Miserable Places In Wyoming
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