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:
- Riverton (Photos)
- Evanston (Photos)
- Worland (Photos)
- Rawlins (Photos)
- Torrington (Photos)
- Green River (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. Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and see how your city fared in 8.
How we determined the worst places to live in Wyoming for 2018
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.
Population: 2,880Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $164,300 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.9% (7th worst)
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 43.0 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 6.9% of Evansville residents were without jobs in the latest numbers we collected, which is the 8th highest in the state.
Add it all up, and this is truly the worst place you could live in Wyoming.
Population: 3,677 Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Values: $100,400 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (5th worst)
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 $100,400, 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, 1660.0% 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 37.9 chance of being robbed. That’s a lot of broken into cars and homes.
Population: 11,044Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Home Values: $160,300 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (9th worst)
Riverton ranks as the 3rd worst place to live in Wyoming for 2015.
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 18.1 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 6.8%, which is the 9th highest in the state, and families earn just under $50,020 a year, which is the 13th highest in Wyoming. 1530.0% of the people here live below the poverty line.
Population: 12,179Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Home Values: $170,100 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.0% (4th worst)
Welcome to Evanston, Wyoming, where 1 in 12.5 people is without a job, and families bring in a combined $45,313 a year.
Crime is the 7th highest in Wyoming, where you have a 1 in 35.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime, and every year, you have a 1 in 811 chance of being raped, attacked or murdered when you’re within Evanston city limits.
Population: 3,503Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Home Values: $129,000 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (10th worst)
According to science, Newcastle is the 5th worst place you can live in Wyoming.
Let’s see why. Newcastle has the 23rd-highest crime rate in the state, surprisingly. In terms of number of crimes per person, Newcastle is certainly up there.
Factor in a very low housing cost ($129,000), and the 10th-highest unemployment rate in the state (6.4%), and across the board, Newcastle doesn’t sound like the best of the best.
Plus, there’s simply not a lot to do here (unless you count having a Walmart and a Piggly Wiggly as fun). We’re aware that people enjoy outdoor activities, but in terms of pure entertainment, you’d have to drive a ways away.
Population: 5,383Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Home Values: $120,900 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.0% (2nd worst)
When you’re looking at science and data, Worland is the 6th 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 27th most dangerous place you can live in the state, where you have a 1 in 86.8 chance of being the victim of some type of property crime. Meaning lots of people are getting robbed here.
Homes here average $120,900, which is the 3rd 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 $39,904, the 4th 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.
Population: 9,114Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Home Values: $147,100 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.1% (12th worst)
Located on your way to somewhere else you’d want to be, Rawlins has few options for some sort of entertainment.
The main issues here are economic and education. The unemployment rate is also sky high here (6.1%) and homes are the 7th cheapest in the state ($147,100).
Say what you want about ‘cheap living’, the fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s absolutely no demand to live in Rawlins.
Population: 6,759Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Home Values: $136,300 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (3rd worst)
Torrington is one of the poorest cities in the state of Wyoming. This city has 8.7% of its residents out of work, and those who have jobs earn under $41,959 a year.
Cities can be charming, but not when they are dangerous. Torrington has the 22nd highest crime rate in Wyoming. While the numbers aren’t staggering (Wyoming is a relatively safe place when you compare it to the rest of the country), it’s still undesirable when you consider that there are far safer (and more stimulating) places to make your home in the Equality State.
Population: 2,607Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Home Values: $170,400 (12th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.8% (1st worst)
Glenrock is also a pretty crummy place to live, when you look at the numbers. Yes, we’re aware that it’s beautiful and “fun”. But that ignores important things like jobs and income.
Glenrock residents earn the 20th-lowest salaries in the state. At $60,263 a year, people here most likely have a hard time getting ahead in life. And the average home costs are $170,400, which means there isn’t a lot of demand.
Crime is the 24th highest in Wyoming per capita, and the unemployment rate here is 1st highest in the state, at 10.8%.
10. Green River
Population: 12,574Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Home Values: $193,400 (20th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.0% (6th worst)
Out of all the places to live in Wyoming, Green River ranks as the 10th worst — not something to brag about.
Green River’s unemployment rate stands at 7.0%. While the income levels out here are some of the lowest in the state. Residents earn a combined $70,469 a year in salaries. That’s not enough to really get ahead in life.
Additionally, the homes are the 20th cheapest in the entire state at $193,400. Again, some people like the cheap cost of living, but housing is priced on demand, and the fact is, there’s not a lot of demand to live way out in Green River. Plus, what do you do for fun here anyway?
Crime is the 28th worst in the state. You have a 1 in 105.7 chance of being robbed here and a 1 in 392 chance of being attacked or raped. Yikes.
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 2018.
If you’re curious enough, here are the best cities to live in Wyoming:
- Sheridan (Pop. 17,866)
- Cody (Pop. 9,776)
- Laramie (Pop. 32,096)
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