These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Wyoming For 2019


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in WY are the pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for . This is our fourth time ranking the worst small places to live in Wyoming.

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Most Americans have never been to Wyoming. However, as the people who live there know, Wyoming is an awesome state.

But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Wyoming has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Equality State. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.

After analyzing more than 36 of Wyoming’s smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Wyoming where you’d never want to live:

These are the worst small towns in Wyoming for 2019:

  1. Arapahoe
  2. Fort Washakie
  3. Ethete
  4. Clearview Acres
  5. Purple Sage
  6. Mills
  7. Lovell (Photos)
  8. Greybull (Photos)
  9. South Greeley
  10. Basin (Photos)

So what is the worst small town to call home in Wyoming for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Arapahoe is the worst small town to live in Wyoming.

Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Wyoming has its stuff figured out.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Wyoming or the worst places to live in Wyoming.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?

In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Wyoming, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we determined the worst small towns to live in Wyoming for 2019

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census’s 2013-2017 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low housing costs (meaning there’s no demand)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Number of high school dropouts)
  • High Crime

We looked at cities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 36 to be exact.

Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

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4
/10

Population: 1,586
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $129,000 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 22.9% (1st worst)
More on Arapahoe:  Data

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4
/10

Population: 1,928
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $119,300 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.4% (3rd worst)
More on Fort Washakie:  Data

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4
/10

Population: 1,747
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $137,500 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 20.8% (2nd worst)
More on Ethete:  Data

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5
/10

Population: 1,416
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 14)
Median Home Value: $100,700 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.2% (7th worst)
More on Clearview Acres:  Data

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5
/10

Population: 1,019
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $32,700 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.7% (10th worst)
More on Purple Sage:  Data

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5
/10

Population: 3,817
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $108,400 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.7% (8th worst)
More on Mills:  Data

Lovell, WY

Source: Public domain
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5
/10

Population: 2,622
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $143,500 (14th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (5th worst)
More on Lovell:  Data | Photos

Greybull, WY

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7
/10

Population: 1,876
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $104,600 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (19th worst)
More on Greybull:  Data | Photos

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6
/10

Population: 4,487
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $52,900 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.7% (14th worst)
More on South Greeley:  Data

Basin, WY

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5
/10

Population: 1,574
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $132,500 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (15th worst)
More on Basin:  Data | Photos

There You Have It – The Worst Small Towns In Wyoming

If you’re analyzing teeny places in the Equality State with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and there’s not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Wyoming, according to science:

  1. Wilson (Pop. 1,991)
  2. South Park (Pop. 1,579)
  3. Rafter J Ranch (Pop. 1,565)

For more Wyoming reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Wyoming

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Arapahoe 1,586 22.9% $129,000
2 Fort Washakie 1,928 16.4% $119,300
3 Ethete 1,747 20.8% $137,500
4 Clearview Acres 1,416 9.2% $100,700
5 Purple Sage 1,019 6.7% $32,700
6 Mills 3,817 7.7% $108,400
7 Lovell 2,622 10.6% $143,500
8 Greybull 1,876 4.0% $104,600
9 South Greeley 4,487 5.7% $52,900
10 Basin 1,574 5.5% $132,500
11 Lusk 1,783 0.0% $118,300
12 Evansville 2,929 5.4% $172,200
13 Pine Bluffs 1,108 2.1% $159,400
14 Glenrock 2,671 11.7% $185,100
15 Guernsey 1,137 3.6% $127,700
16 Afton 2,407 9.8% $202,600
17 Newcastle 3,480 4.1% $141,000
18 Buffalo 4,606 6.5% $226,600
19 Marbleton 1,396 2.5% $153,800
20 Thermopolis 2,935 3.6% $140,400
21 Wheatland 3,617 2.6% $166,200
22 Saratoga 1,686 1.9% $171,100
23 Sundance 1,464 2.7% $197,000
24 Kemmerer 2,730 2.2% $170,200
25 Mountain View 1,173 2.8% $170,900
26 Ranchester 1,112 4.1% $215,100
27 Pinedale 2,003 7.5% $239,500
28 Wright 1,851 0.6% $172,400
29 Star Valley Ranch 1,489 6.2% $266,200
30 North Rock Springs 2,027 0.0% $254,700
31 Bar Nunn 2,772 6.1% $218,400
32 Lyman 2,045 2.9% $190,400
33 Moose Wilson Road 1,443 0.0% $1,086,800
34 Wilson 1,991 2.1% $1,121,400
35 South Park 1,579 0.0% $882,100
36 Rafter J Ranch 1,565 0.0% $689,900

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