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:
- Evansville (Photos)
- Worland (Photos)
- Evanston (Photos)
- Lovell (Photos)
- Riverton (Photos)
- Torrington (Photos)
- Newcastle (Photos)
- Rawlins (Photos)
- Powell (Photos)
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.
For more Wyoming reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Wyoming
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Wyoming
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Wyoming
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.
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: 2 (No Change)
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.
When you’re looking at science and data, Worland is the 3rd worst place you can live in the state of Wyoming. Let’s see why.
First off, the crime here is really high, in comparison to the rest of Wyoming. Worland is the 23rd most dangerous place you can live in the state, where you have a 1 in 78.1 chance of being the victim of some type of property crime. Meaning lots of people are getting robbed here.
Homes here average $137,800, which is the 2nd lowest in the state. You can defend ‘cheap living’ all you want, but the fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s not a lot of demand to live in Worland.
Income levels are just about $49,191, the 7th lowest in Wyoming.
When you add it all up, Worland really is quite an undesirable place to live. The people who have to live in here could use a big hug right about now.
Evanston is by far, the largest place that’s lousy to live in the state of Wyoming. In fact, it’s one of the largest cities in the Equality State.
There’s a lot more entertainment in Evanston than in the cities we mentioned above, so at least folks here can take their mind off of these statistics. Evanston has the 8th highest unemployment rate in the state, and homes are valued far below the rest of the state average.
Plus, crime is sky high here, in comparison to the rest of Wyoming. There were four murders here in 2018, and residents have a 1 in 49.6 chance of being robbed. Since the average person has 300 Facebook friends, if everyone you were friends with lived in Evanston, 6 of them would have had something stolen from them last year.
Welcome to Lovell, where criminals go to make a living. Lovell has the 27th highest crime rate in the state. When you’re within Lovell city limits, you have a 1 in 187.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as a car break in or home invasion robbery every year.
Plus, there were 0.008039103041033707 violent crimes here in 2019. For a city of 2,622 people, that’s absolutely off the charts high. You have a 1 in 170 chance of being raped, attacked or killed when you’re in Lovell every year as well.
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.
The same problems that plague other cities on the list also affect Torrington. The only real difference is Torrington is a tiny bit safer, and the schools are rated a lot higher in terms of resources for students.
However, the unemployment rate in Torrington is at 8.7%, which is the 4th worst in Wyoming. And households earn a combined $42,202 a year, which is far below the state average. An average home in Torrington is merely $137,900.
Torrington is across the Tangier Sound on Route 50.
Newcastle needs some tough love.
Years ago, someone told me the sun never shines in Newcastle. That’s not true, of course, but you can understand why she might say that when you analyze certain facts about Newcastle. Of the 30 cities considered in this ranking, Newcastle had the least to be proud of across the board.
Not only does Newcastle have Wyoming’s 5th lowest home value rank, but it also had the 20th and 17th highest rankings in unemployment and crime respectively. Statistics like that will certainly make the sun shine a bit dimmer, and it will win you are in contention for title of “Worst City in Wyoming.”
If you know anyone in Newcastle, tag them on Facebook and tell them you love them. They can probably use it right about now.
Say what you want about how beautiful Rawlins might be. The fact is that the economy here is one of the worst in the state.
The unemployment rate rankss 14th highest in the state at 5.2%. Homes are the 7th lowest priced ($153,800), and the median income per household is just a tad over $60,550.
The fact is most of the people who live here are having a hard time making ends meet, when you consider their earned incomes and lack of jobs.
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.
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:
- Sheridan (Pop. 17,816)
- Kemmerer (Pop. 2,730)
- Cody (Pop. 9,826)
For more Wyoming reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Wyoming
- 10 Safest Places In Wyoming
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In Wyoming
Detailed List Of The Worst Places To Live In Wyoming