You won't need Spiderman's web, Knight Rider's Kit, or Wonder Woman's lasso to escape anything scary in Wyoming: it's super safe.
Ok, maybe not THAT safe. To be honest, the Cowboy State's violent and property crime statistics do come in above the national average, but the state does have some pretty dangerous cities, so don't send your superhero home just yet. We do, however, recommend that you take a look at HomeSnacks' list of safest places to live for 2020 before you pack up the pickup truck and head to Wyoming.
How did we do determine Wyoming's safest places? We consulted the numbers. We looked at important factors like property crimes and violent crimes per capita for every place with over 2,000 residents. In total, we analyzed 25 cities. And people, this our sixth time ranking Wyoming's safest cities, so trust us when we say that anyone would be lucky to call one these places home.
Whether your looking to move to a quintessential wild West type place like Cody, a family friendly place like Kemmerer, or a place for young professionals like Cheyenne, there is a safe place for everyone.
So, want to know where your kids can play outside safely until the street lights come on in Wyoming? Keep reading.
HomeSnacks is also happy to report that Wyoming's safest places have great schools, available jobs with good salaries, and programs in place to keep its residents happy, healthy, and you guessed it, safe. These places in the Equality State are the kind of places that you can give your guardian angel a night off or two.
So, what city is the safest place to live in Wyoming? According to the most recent FBI data we crunched, Kemmerer is the safest place to live in Wyoming.
To see how your favorite city ranked, take a look below; and if you don't find your favorite there, head to the bottom.
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Where Wyoming State Road 30 meets Wyoming State Road 189 is Kemmerer. This town, known for its bootlegging stories from the late 1800s, is our firstsafest city in Wyoming 2020.
Kemmerer is also known for its safe, family friendly atmosphere. There is a ton of stuff to do in this little town with only 2792 residents in the middle of nowhere, Lincoln County. They have a boat load of places to shop and dine, and their immaculate parks provide the backdrop for safe, friendly games of basketball, volleyball, and tennis for all ages.
Kemmerer is the kind of place where packages from Amazon won't get stolen from your front porch when you're not home. But, hey, what do you expect from this safe city that is "The Gateway to the West."
Glenrock, located in Central Wyoming at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, is our second safest city in Wyoming. This little town on the Deer Creek Tributary is super family friendly and virtually crime free. It is one of the safest places to call home on our list.
Glenrock's overall HomeSnacks snackability score was an 8/10! Not surprising, considering their safety rating and percentage of educated residents both scored 8.5/10. Busy people = less naughty people. If that doesn't say safe, we don't know what does.
There's a reason Glenrock's motto is "Big Enough to Enjoy-Small Enough to Care." The people in Converse County are great and it's super safe in this little piece of heaven in the 307.
Located within the Bighorn Basin, Worland ranks as the third safest city in Wyoming. Residents had a 1 in 2,574 of being the victim of a violent crime in 2018, a rate considerably lower than the national average. The property crime rate in Worland was also the eighth lowest in the state, so don't worry if you forget to lock your doors here. As a bonus, we also named Worland as the most affordable place in Wyoming, so it's a great spot to get safety for a bargain.
Worland is also home to the Gooseberry Badlands, with plenty of trails along overlooking some seriously unique landscapes.
Don't let the antler arch that greets you at the towns entrance scare you, Afton is actually quite safe. Nestled along the Bridger-Teton National Forest on Wyoming's western border, Afton offers a safe environment with small town charm that packs a big punch. Not literally, of course. No fighting happens here; that wouldn't be safe.
There's a true sense of community in this quaint town in the hills. The residents, here, look out for each other. Afton's gold star qualities like the non-existent number of crimes per 100,000 residents, their large number of educated residents, and just their overall safety standards, speaks volumes. With a little over 2,000 residents, the superb quality of life in this little village in Lincoln County is the reason that it is our fourth safest city in Wyoming for 2020, after taking the top spot last year.
Green River scored an 8/10 on our snackability chart to become our fifth safest city in Wyoming.
This is the quintessential little village located in the southwestern corner of the Cowboy State. Not surprising, they received an 8/10 safety score and an 8/10 education score. Safe and smart cowboys! Nice work Green River!
In Berkley they also love to celebrate their long summer nights with safe, family friendly, festivals like their Flaming Gorge Days. Whether it's during the festival's 3-on-3 basketball tournament or at the local coffee shop, nothing says safe like a community that creates opportunities to get to know anything and everything about each other. Just make sure you take the trash out in proper attire because someone is always watching and you wouldn't want to become the talk of Sweetwater County.
Slap a fluorescent orange safety jacket on this little village in southeastern Albany County and call them safe.
Our sixth safest city in Wyoming, Laramie, is known for its scenic location, low taxes, and educational opportunities. Afterall, it is the home to the University of Wyoming Cowboys.
The "Gem City of the Plains" is a family friendly, safe Chey-town-burb on the Laramie River that boasts convenient restaurants and stores and an occasional rodeo or two. It's a great place to raise a family. Word on the street is that young professionals are starting to take notice and move their direction. So don't wait, because the word is out.
And if you don't like people peeping through your windows, you don't have to worry because there's plenty of room in Laramie. And if you love nature, it can be found as close as your backyard.
Located in southern Converse County, Douglas ranks as the seventh safest city in Wyoming overall. Douglas had the fifth lowest rate of property crime in the state, with residents facing just a 1 in 87.5 of being the victim of such a crime in 2018. Violent crimes aren't frequent in Douglas either; the city had about one per month on average.
If you're planning on moving to Douglas, be sure to get there in time for the Wyoming State Fair, which Douglas hosts every August.
Wheatland ranks as our eighth safest cities in Wyoming list coming in at number 8. They crushed our snackability scale with an 8/10 safety ranking and an 8/10 affordability score. We all could learn a little somethin' from the cowboys in Wheatland.
While not everyone grows wheat in Wheatland, there is a ton of farming. And nothing says safe like a bunch of good 'ol farmers that know how to use tractors and pitchforks. (We think it's safe to say that the pitchforks are only used on the hay..)
And you won't hear 'hold my beer and watch me handle this" in this little town in Platte County. They are a safe, family friendly, town with a ton of respect for each other. Heck, crime is pretty much nonexistent in this town of 3,600. Yep, you heard hear first, folks: cowboys can get along.
Known as "the home of 56 nationalities," Rock Springs jumped up 13 spots from last year to earn the #9 spot this year. Residents had just a 1 in 74.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 544 of being the victim of a violent crime in 2018. In each category, Rock Springs is much lower than the national average.
For outdoorsmen and women, there's plenty of natural beauty to behold in Rock Springs, but the real treat is at Pilot Butte, where you can see herds of wild horses. Rock Springs really has its safety-ruggedness ratio down pat.
Sheridan is a little rodeo town centrally located on the northern border of Wyoming in Sheridan County.
Sheridan's residents say that this little slice of paradise in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains is the perfect place to escape real life when you need a break. But don't worry, they won't let you wander off too far that you get lost: that wouldn't be safe.
Sheridan has been holding strong on our top 10 list for the last couple of years. So, it's no surprise that they are our tenth safest city in the Cowboy State.
Sheridan is one of those snowy towns. They average close to 100" of snow/year. According to their residents, the only dangers lurking in the shadows of this city might be the occasional snowball fight. Keep that snow slingin' to a minimum Sheridan, we wouldn't want you to tarnish that impeccable 8.5/10 safety rating.
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Published Sept 2019) in Wyoming.Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
For example, there were a total of 19 crimes committed in Kemmerer which had a reported population of 2,761. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0069 which translates into a 1 in 145 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 2,000 people reported to the FBI in 2018, the last reporting year. This left us with a total of 25 of the biggest cities in Wyoming to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 25 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Wyoming" with any ties going to the bigger city. You can download the data here.
The safest city in Wyoming, based on our criteria, is Kemmerer. The most dangerous city in Wyoming? Cheyenne, where residents had a 1 in 23 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.
Looking at the data, you can tell that Kemmerer is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Wyoming residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.
Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Wyoming according to the data:
|Rank||City||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|5||Green River, WY||12,025||116||848|
|9||Rock Springs, WY||23,405||183||1,341|
Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.
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