Worst Small Towns In Wyoming For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 32 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 2020:

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

So what is the worst small town to call home in wyoming for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Fort Washakie 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.

The 10 Worst Small Towns In Wyoming For 2020

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4
/10

Population: 1,823
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $134,400 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 17.6% (3rd worst)
More on Fort Washakie:  Data

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4
/10

Population: 1,689
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $127,200 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 20.3% (2nd worst)
More on Arapahoe:  Data

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4
/10

Population: 1,598
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $140,600 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 20.6% (1st worst)
More on Ethete:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,848
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $105,000 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.3% (8th worst)
More on Mills:  Data

Lusk, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,701
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $122,900 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 2.2% (30th worst)
More on Lusk:  Data | Photos

Greybull, WY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,864
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $111,600 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.6% (12th worst)
More on Greybull:  Data | Photos

Basin, WY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,596
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $128,000 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (21st worst)
More on Basin:  Data | Photos

Guernsey, WY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,179
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $120,300 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.7% (9th worst)
More on Guernsey:  Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,568
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 6)
Median Home Value: $82,400 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.7% (11th worst)
More on Clearview Acres:  Data

Lovell, WY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,252
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $138,500 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.4% (7th worst)
More on Lovell:  Data | Photos

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 2020

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 2014-2018 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 - 32 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.

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. Bar Nunn (Pop. 2,787)
  2. Hoback (Pop. 1,227)
  3. Rafter J Ranch (Pop. 1,748)

For more Wyoming reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Wyoming

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Fort Washakie 1,823 17.6% $134,400
2 Arapahoe 1,689 20.3% $127,200
3 Ethete 1,598 20.6% $140,600
4 Mills 3,848 9.3% $105,000
5 Lusk 1,701 2.2% $122,900
6 Greybull 1,864 6.6% $111,600
7 Basin 1,596 4.0% $128,000
8 Guernsey 1,179 7.7% $120,300
9 Clearview Acres 1,568 6.7% $82,400
10 Lovell 2,252 10.4% $138,500
11 Pine Bluffs 1,119 2.0% $154,200
12 Evansville 2,944 2.8% $169,800
13 Afton 2,234 12.4% $216,600
14 Newcastle 3,461 5.9% $122,400
15 Marbleton 1,165 5.5% $185,100
16 Glenrock 2,620 11.1% $185,500
17 Buffalo 4,586 5.9% $238,200
18 Wright 1,660 0.5% $179,500
19 Sundance 1,694 2.3% $203,600
20 Thermopolis 2,884 3.3% $142,600
21 Ranchester 1,041 4.5% $223,700
22 Wheatland 3,609 2.7% $167,800
23 North Rock Springs 2,128 5.2% $257,800
24 Star Valley Ranch 1,869 6.5% $280,300
25 Kemmerer 2,730 0.9% $165,500
26 Saratoga 1,445 1.8% $201,100
27 Pinedale 2,263 3.2% $232,800
28 Mountain View 1,329 1.9% $173,200
29 Lyman 2,218 2.6% $198,800
30 Bar Nunn 2,787 6.4% $231,500
31 Hoback 1,227 0.0% $789,600
32 Rafter J Ranch 1,748 0.0% $711,300

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