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:
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.
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.
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $129,000 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 22.9% (1st worst)
More on Arapahoe: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $119,300 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.4% (3rd worst)
More on Fort Washakie: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $137,500 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 20.8% (2nd worst)
More on Ethete: Data
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 14)
Median Home Value: $100,700 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.2% (7th worst)
More on Clearview Acres: Data
Rank Last Year: –
Median Home Value: $32,700 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.7% (10th worst)
More on Purple Sage: Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $108,400 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.7% (8th worst)
More on Mills: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $52,900 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.7% (14th worst)
More on South Greeley: Data
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:
- Wilson (Pop. 1,991)
- South Park (Pop. 1,579)
- Rafter J Ranch (Pop. 1,565)
For more Wyoming reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Wyoming
- 10 Safest Places In Wyoming
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In Wyoming
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Wyoming
Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Wyoming
|29||Star Valley Ranch||1,489|
|30||North Rock Springs||2,027|
|33||Moose Wilson Road||1,443|
|36||Rafter J Ranch||1,565|