So, we get it about Wyoming, You are a bunch of outdoor-loving, tough-minded, hard-working folks. So when we say a place in Wyoming is `one of the worst’, and we cite data and statistics that indicate places with cheap homes and `no indoor entertainment,’ are a bad thing, we’re using what people have said they desire as a basis for a ranking.
Is it all rosy in the Cowboy State? Of course not. Just like every other state, Wyoming has its least desirable spots. The purpose of this post is to use science and data to determine which cities are the worst you could possibly live in if you make Wyoming your home.
After analyzing 30 of the state’s most populous cities (over 2,000 people), we came up with this list as the 10 worst places to live in the state of Wyoming:
What? Where are these places you wonder? And before you get all riled up and say we’re picking on small town America, that’s not the case.
We understand there’s a lot of good in every place.
However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty and ‘friendly people’), there are far better options in the state for making a place home. And the worst place to live in Wyoming? That would be Evansville.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and see how your city fared in 2019.
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The 10 Worst Places To Live In Wyoming For 2019
What the heck is going on in little Evansville? The crime is the 4th highest in the state of Wyoming. Here, residents have a 1 in 43.7 chance of being robbed. That means if you live here, and didn’t have something stolen from you, there’s a good chance your neighbor did.
That ratio is one of the highest we’ve seen in the nation. Perhaps the high unemployment rate has something to do with it. More than 5.4% of Evansville residents were without jobs in the latest numbers we collected, which is the 13th highest in the state.
Add it all up, and this is truly the worst place you could live in Wyoming.
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $108,400 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.7% (6th worst)
More on Mills: Data
While numbers in Wyoming are clearly better when you compare them to the rest of the nation, the fact is when you compare Wyoming cities against one another, you see big differences. Take the schools, for instance.
Just outside of Casper, Mills schools are just about as low as you can get when it comes to student funding and teacher-student ratios. Home values here average $108,400, which is the 1st lowest in the state. Say what you want about ‘cheap living,’ the fact is homes are priced by demand, and there’s not a lot of demand to live in Mills.
Plus, 12.7% of the population here lives below the poverty line.
Plus, the crime rate is the 10th highest in the state here. Every year, when you’re within Mills city limits, you have a 1 in 45.4 chance of being robbed. That’s a lot of broken into cars and homes.
While numbers in Wyoming are clearly better when you compare them to the rest of the nation, the fact is when you compare Wyoming cities against one another, you see big differences.
Home values in Evanston average $167,700, which is the 10th lowest in the state. Say what you want about ‘cheap living,’ the fact is homes are priced by demand, and there’s not a lot of demand to live in Evanston.
Plus, 19.3% of the population here lives below the poverty line.
Plus, the crime rate is the 12th highest in the state here. Every year, when you’re within Evanston city limits, you have a 1 in 49.6 chance of being robbed. That’s a lot of broken into cars and homes.
you’re looking to live in Wyoming, Lovell might not be the best choice as it places 4th in our ranking of the worst places to live for 2019.
Lovell doesn’t have the worst crime in the state, but it’s sure up there. And when you factor in one of the lowest household incomes in the state and a sky high unemployment rate, Lovell may not be your first choice for a vacation.
There’s probably not many people in Wyoming that would be surprised to see Worland on this list. In fact, if Worland wasn’t somewhere in the top 10, most people would start to wonder if our data was accurate.
Here are the statistics. Worland has the 23rd worst crime rate in Wyoming. No surprises there. How dangerous is it though? There were almost 9 violent crimes in Worland in 2019. Residents here had a 1 in 590 chance of being killed, raped or attacked. Just wow.
The home values in Worland are the 2nd cheapest in the state ($137,800), the unemployment rate is the 5th highest (8.4%), and the annual household income is 7th lowest in Wyoming, at $49,191. That’s basically at the poverty level for a family of four.
Riverton ranks as the 6th worst place to live in Wyoming for 2019.
While some people have come to the defense of Riverton as being ‘not as bad’ as it is portrayed in the media, the fact remains that this city deserves to be high on this list when you look at the data.
Crime is the 1st highest in Wyoming here. Residents have a 1 in 20.7 chance of being robbed every year within city limits. For Wyoming, that’s really high. And if you read forums and chatter about Riverton, people have said the entire Wind River Indian Reservation area, which Riverton lies inside of, has a notorious drug and crime history.
The unemployment rate is 4.8%, which is the 17th highest in the state, and families earn just under $51,102 a year, which is the 12th highest in Wyoming. 13.3% of the people here live below the poverty line.
Glenrock, WY needs a big hug right now. Residents here are underpaid, underemployed and possibly lonely.
Additionally, crime is 28th worst in the state, which is very high considering Glenrock is so far removed from the rest of Wyoming.
If you know anyone in Glenrock, dm them on Facebook and tell them you love them. They can probably use it right about now.
When you’re within Powell city limits, you have a 1 in 40 chance of being the victim of a property crime. And, Powell residents earn some of the lowest salaries in Wyoming ($43,703 combined family income). 20% of the population lives below the poverty line.
Powell is out in the middle of nowhere in the northern part of the state.
Newcastle is a hot mess right now. There are some big economic problems here AND crime is really high. In fact, Newcastle is the 17th most dangerous place you can live in Wyoming.
Residents in Newcastle have a 1 in 62.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime. That’s a lot of stolen laptops, cell phones and sunglasses.
When you’re considering home prices, you can’t do much lower than in Newcastle, where average homes are valued at only$141,000. That’s the 5th-lowest in the state. But residents earn far less than in other cities, so their mortgage payments might still seem overwhelming.
Afton, part of Lincoln County, is the 10th worst place to live in Wyoming for 2019.
Residents here earn almost the lowest salaries per year relative to any other residents in the state at $52,730, and crime 29th worst in Wyoming.
Additionally, the poverty level is 8.7% in Afton.
How we determined the worst places to live in Wyoming for 2019
To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.
We don’t think it’s a stretch to assume that people like the following things:
- Good education
- Lots of jobs
- Low crime
- Low poverty
- Nice homes
- High incomes
- High population density (Lots of things to do)
- Short work commutes
- Health insurance
We broke crime down into violent crime and property crime to give violent crime a larger weight — if you did a simple calculation of all crimes per capita, property crimes are normally 7x more common and really bias that ranking.
Furthermore, only cities with at least 2,000 people were considered — leaving 30 cities.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 30 for all the criteria with a #1 ranking being the worst for the particular criteria.
Next, we averaged the rankings into one “Worst Place To Live Score”.
Finally, we ranked every city on the “Worst Place To Live Score” with the lowest score being the worst city in Wyoming — Evansville. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 worst cities in Wyoming.
This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.
Wrapping Up The Worst In Wyoming
If you’re looking at areas in Wyoming with the worst economic situations, where there’s higher than average crime, and not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
And in the end, Evansville ranks as the worst city to live in Wyoming for 2019.
If you’re curious enough, here are the best cities to live in Wyoming:
- Laramie (Pop. 32,104)
- Cody (Pop. 9,826)
- Kemmerer (Pop. 2,730)
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