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.
Welcome to Evanston, which might be one of the poorest areas in Wyoming. Residents average $49,536 a year in combined income, which is right at the poverty line. In fact, 19.3% of Evanston residents live below the poverty level.
Homes here go for an average of $167,700 and the unemployment rate hovers near 6.7%.
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 Lovell average $143,500, which is the 6th 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 Lovell.
Plus, 14.9% of the population here lives below the poverty line.
Plus, the crime rate is the 27th highest in the state here. Every year, when you’re within Lovell city limits, you have a 1 in 187.6 chance of being robbed. That’s a lot of broken into cars and homes.
Worland places 5th in our ranking of the worst places to live in Wyoming.
You can imagine it’s a pretty simple life down there. Which is fine, unless you look closely at the data.
Homes are the 2nd cheapest in the state, and at $137,800, just about anyone with a pulse can buy a home here. However, the unemployment rate (8.4%) is the 5th highest in Wyoming, and income levels are far below the state average. And 16.7% of the population lives below the poverty line.
Would you have guessed that the area around Worland has one of the highest crime rates, per capita in Wyoming?
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.
Sure, it’s in a beautiful area, and there’s lots of culture, especially in terms of music. But, if you’re measuring desirability, it’s the 7th worst in Wyoming.
Glenrock residents had a 1 in 111.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime. Meaning lots of stolen laptops, cell phones and sports jerseys.
The unemployment rate in Glenrock is through the roof, as more than 11.7% of the population can’t get a job. At least their mortgages aren’t too high; at $185,100, Glenrock has the 14th-lowest home prices in the state of Wyoming.
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.
When you’re looking at the worst places you could live in Wyoming, Newcastle ranks 9th worst. Let’s see why.
Here in Newcastle, crime is the 17th highest in the state, and 1 out of 62.1 residents was robbed here according to the latest FBI numbers.
That’s not the first place you think of making home, is it?
Additionally, you have a 1 in 316 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which includes rapes, attacks or murders. That’s really high.
When you look at adult education in Wyoming, the folks in Newcastle have the 13th highest drop out rate. And other factors that make Newcastle undesirable are the low median incomes and home prices.
The unemployment rate is the 20th highest in Wyoming, at 4.1%. That’s actually on par with the national average, which means Wyoming has some hard workers.
Afton is a hot mess right now. There are some big economic problems here AND crime is really high. In fact, Afton is the 29th most dangerous place you can live in Wyoming.
Residents in Afton have a 1 in 109.4 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 Afton, where average homes are valued at only$202,600. That’s the 20th-lowest in the state. But residents earn far less than in other cities, so their mortgage payments might still seem overwhelming.
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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