These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In Wyoming

We used science and data to determine which places in Wyoming are the unhappiest of all.

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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:

  1. Evansville
  2. Riverton (Photos)
  3. Mills
  4. Evanston (Photos)
  5. Lander (Photos)
  6. Worland (Photos)
  7. Jackson (Photos)
  8. Powell (Photos)
  9. Laramie (Photos)
  10. Rawlins (Photos)

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 Wyoming.

Or check out the Most Miserable Cities In America.

If you’re looking for something more positive, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.


How We Measured The Most Miserable Cities In Wyoming

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 108 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.


1. Evansville

Evansville, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,776
People Who Own Their Home: 63.24%
Married Adults: 43.77%

2. Riverton

Riverton, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,902
People Who Own Their Home: 57.01%
Married Adults: 40.58%

3. Mills

Population: 3,545
People Who Own Their Home: 50.33%
Married Adults: 42.23%

4. Evanston

Evanston, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,253
People Who Own Their Home: 55.16%
Married Adults: 53.41%

5. Lander

Lander, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,627
People Who Own Their Home: 56.6%
Married Adults: 52.53%

6. Worland

Worland, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,445
People Who Own Their Home: 56.61%
Married Adults: 49.21%

7. Jackson

Jackson, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,967
People Who Own Their Home: 29.67%
Married Adults: 39.15%

8. Powell

Powell, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,365
People Who Own Their Home: 66.59%
Married Adults: 39.28%

9. Laramie

Laramie, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,601
People Who Own Their Home: 38.89%
Married Adults: 34.57%

10. Rawlins

Rawlins, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,198
People Who Own Their Home: 55.98%
Married Adults: 47.92%

There You Have It

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in {state} 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 {state}, according to science:
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Detailed List Of Miserable Places In Wyoming

City Rank People Who Own Their Home
Evansville 1 63.24%
Riverton 2 57.01%
Mills 3 50.33%
Evanston 4 55.16%
Lander 5 56.6%
Worland 6 56.61%
Jackson 7 29.67%
Powell 8 66.59%
Laramie 9 38.89%
Rawlins 10 55.98%
Torrington 11 66.6%
Rock Springs 12 59.23%
Greybull 13 63.2%
Buffalo 14 60.14%
Wright 15 55.02%
Green River 16 66.46%
Glenrock 17 61.64%
Lyman 18 70.87%
Newcastle 19 63.09%
Casper 20 60.03%
Gillette 21 61.0%
South Greeley 22 72.03%
Sheridan 23 57.88%
Cheyenne 24 56.66%
Kemmerer 25 57.8%
Afton 26 57.25%
Cody 27 56.51%
Douglas 28 63.42%
Thermopolis 29 64.59%
Lovell 30 54.49%
North Rock Springs 31 81.33%
Wheatland 32 60.08%
Ranchettes 33 90.38%
Bar Nunn 34 93.36%

About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.