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
  3. Mills
  4. Evanston
  5. Lander
  6. Worland
  7. Jackson
  8. Powell
  9. Laramie
  10. Rawlins

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.

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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.

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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.

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1. Evansville

Miserable Wyoming

Source: Google Maps

Population: 2,776
People Who Own Their Home: 63.2%
Married Adults: 43.8%

2. Riverton

Miserable Wyoming

Source: Google Maps

Population: 10,902
People Who Own Their Home: 57.0%
Married Adults: 40.6%

3. Mills

Miserable Wyoming

Source: Google Maps

Population: 3,545
People Who Own Their Home: 50.3%
Married Adults: 42.2%

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4. Evanston

Miserable Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,253
People Who Own Their Home: 55.2%
Married Adults: 53.4%

5. Lander

Miserable Wyoming

Source: Google Maps

Population: 7,627
People Who Own Their Home: 56.6%
Married Adults: 52.5%

6. Worland

Miserable Wyoming

Source: Flickr Sam Beebe

Population: 5,445
People Who Own Their Home: 56.6%
Married Adults: 49.2%

7. Jackson

Miserable Wyoming

Source: Google Maps

Population: 9,967
People Who Own Their Home: 29.7%
Married Adults: 39.1%

8. Powell

Miserable Wyoming

Source: Google Maps

Population: 6,365
People Who Own Their Home: 66.6%
Married Adults: 39.3%

9. Laramie

Miserable Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,601
People Who Own Their Home: 38.9%
Married Adults: 34.6%

10. Rawlins

Miserable Wyoming

Source: Google Maps

Population: 9,198
People 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

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Evansville 1 2,776 63.2% 43.8%
Riverton 2 10,902 57.0% 40.6%
Mills 3 3,545 50.3% 42.2%
Evanston 4 12,253 55.2% 53.4%
Lander 5 7,627 56.6% 52.5%
Worland 6 5,445 56.6% 49.2%
Jackson 7 9,967 29.7% 39.1%
Powell 8 6,365 66.6% 39.3%
Laramie 9 31,601 38.9% 34.6%
Rawlins 10 9,198 56.0% 47.9%
Torrington 11 6,732 66.6% 46.2%
Rock Springs 12 23,684 59.2% 52.6%
Greybull 13 2,116 63.2% 49.2%
Buffalo 14 4,620 60.1% 53.2%
Wright 15 2,373 55.0% 56.6%
Green River 16 12,600 66.5% 56.1%
Glenrock 17 2,576 61.6% 53.0%
Lyman 18 2,186 70.9% 55.6%
Newcastle 19 3,495 63.1% 50.5%
Casper 20 57,815 60.0% 49.3%
Gillette 21 31,110 61.0% 52.1%
South Greeley 22 4,702 72.0% 53.6%
Sheridan 23 17,699 57.9% 51.4%
Cheyenne 24 61,470 56.7% 49.8%
Kemmerer 25 2,672 57.8% 60.5%
Afton 26 2,065 57.3% 58.7%
Cody 27 9,687 56.5% 56.6%
Douglas 28 6,272 63.4% 51.0%
Thermopolis 29 2,899 64.6% 52.0%
Lovell 30 2,409 54.5% 54.9%
North Rock Springs 31 2,239 81.3% 61.4%
Wheatland 32 3,633 60.1% 53.6%
Ranchettes 33 6,028 90.4% 69.7%
Bar Nunn 34 2,447 93.4% 65.0%

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