The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Wyoming For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in Wyoming that will put a big dent in your wallet.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the most expensive places to live in Wyoming.

Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Wyoming does this very well. Families love the Equality State's beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state -- and that's how we're going to help you.

These are the places in Wyoming that cost a pretty penny -- the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Wyoming for 2021.

So where is the most expensive place to live in Wyoming? That would be Jackson.
the 2015-2019 American Community Survey for the 40 places in Wyoming with more than 1,000 people.

Here are the 10 most expensive places to live in Wyoming for 2021:

  1. Jackson
  2. Afton
  3. Star Valley Ranch
  4. Laramie
  5. Sundance
  6. Cody
  7. Ranchester
  8. Buffalo
  9. Sheridan
  10. Lander

What's the most expensive place to live in Wyoming? Well, HomeSnacks crunched the numbers and discovered that Jackson is the most expensive place to live in Wyoming.

So hopefully Marbleton (the cheapest place to live in Wyoming) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out some more reading about Wyoming and the most expensive cities in the country:

The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Wyoming For 2021

1. JacksonJackson, WY

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Population: 10,553
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 8.9x (most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 51.4x (most expensive)
More on Jackson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Jackson comes in at $73,411 and the median home value is $652,100 for 2021.

2. AftonAfton, WY

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Population: 2,058
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.5x (3rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 56.2x (2nd most expensive)
More on Afton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Afton comes in at $51,458 and the median home value is $229,500 for 2021.

3. Star Valley Ranch

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Population: 1,961
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.8x (8th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 60.0x (5th most expensive)
More on Star Valley Ranch: Real Estate | Data

The median income in Star Valley Ranch comes in at $77,944 and the median home value is $293,800 for 2021.

4. LaramieLaramie, WY

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Population: 32,381
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.7x (2nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 57.9x (4th most expensive)
More on Laramie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Laramie comes in at $46,117 and the median home value is $216,300 for 2021.

5. Sundance

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Population: 1,705
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.0x (5th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 62.1x (6th most expensive)
More on Sundance: Real Estate | Data

The median income in Sundance comes in at $54,583 and the median home value is $220,300 for 2021.

6. CodyCody, WY

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Population: 9,764
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.9x (7th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 66.0x (13th most expensive)
More on Cody: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Cody comes in at $60,404 and the median home value is $236,900 for 2021.

7. Ranchester

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Population: 1,117
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.7x (10th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 65.7x (12th most expensive)
More on Ranchester: Real Estate | Data

The median income in Ranchester comes in at $63,750 and the median home value is $238,100 for 2021.

8. BuffaloBuffalo, WY

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Population: 4,578
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.0x (6th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 66.1x (14th most expensive)
More on Buffalo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Buffalo comes in at $58,679 and the median home value is $234,100 for 2021.

9. SheridanSheridan, WY

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8.5
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Population: 17,844
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.2x (4th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 66.1x (15th most expensive)
More on Sheridan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Sheridan comes in at $54,278 and the median home value is $228,200 for 2021.

10. LanderLander, WY

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8.5
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Population: 7,555
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.7x (9th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 64.6x (9th most expensive)
More on Lander: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Lander comes in at $57,799 and the median home value is $215,900 for 2021.

How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Equality State For 2021

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Wyoming
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it's actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2015-2019 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in Wyoming to figure out which is the most expensive.

What you are left with is a "Cost of Living Index" by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 40 places in Wyoming that have more than 1,000 people.

The place with the highest cost of living in Wyoming according to the data is Jackson. You can download the data here.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In Wyoming For 2021

Well there you have it, the places in Wyoming that have the highest cost of living, with Jackson ranking as the most expensive city in the Equality State.

Here's a look at the most affordable cities in Wyoming according to the data:

  1. Marbleton
  2. Greybull
  3. Newcastle

For more Wyoming reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Wyoming

Rank City ExpensiveScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Jackson 1.0 10,553 8.9x 51.4x
2 Afton 4.17 2,058 4.5x 56.2x
3 Star Valley Ranch 5.0 1,961 3.8x 60.0x
4 Laramie 6.0 32,381 4.7x 57.9x
5 Sundance 7.0 1,705 4.0x 62.1x
6 Cody 8.33 9,764 3.9x 66.0x
7 Ranchester 8.67 1,117 3.7x 65.7x
8 Buffalo 8.67 4,578 4.0x 66.1x
9 Sheridan 9.33 17,844 4.2x 66.1x
10 Lander 10.33 7,555 3.7x 64.6x
11 Cheyenne 16.0 63,607 3.3x 70.6x
12 Powell 16.67 6,295 3.4x 69.4x
13 Casper 17.33 58,446 3.3x 72.8x
14 Lovell 18.5 2,237 3.3x 64.1x
15 Evansville 19.0 2,963 2.9x 65.6x
16 Riverton 19.0 10,891 3.0x 65.4x
17 Pinedale 20.83 1,962 2.7x 73.3x
18 Lusk 21.33 1,558 3.4x 66.6x
19 Saratoga 22.0 1,377 3.3x 86.6x
20 Glenrock 22.33 2,594 3.0x 75.0x
21 Green River 23.67 12,069 2.8x 83.9x
22 Torrington 25.17 6,675 2.9x 74.7x
23 Wheatland 25.67 3,558 2.8x 75.1x
24 Gillette 25.67 32,857 2.7x 88.9x
25 Douglas 26.0 6,393 3.0x 94.4x
26 Mountain View 26.33 1,227 2.8x 76.5x
27 Bar Nunn 26.33 2,782 2.5x 101.8x
28 Mills 26.67 3,919 2.4x 56.3x
29 Rock Springs 26.67 23,319 2.8x 87.4x
30 Basin 27.33 1,388 2.8x 67.5x
31 Evanston 28.0 11,848 2.9x 86.6x
32 Wright 28.33 1,266 2.3x 76.3x
33 Rawlins 28.67 8,820 2.7x 77.0x
34 Thermopolis 30.0 2,703 2.6x 71.5x
35 Kemmerer 30.67 2,747 2.6x 77.9x
36 Worland 31.0 5,180 2.8x 83.1x
37 Lyman 32.0 2,285 2.3x 96.0x
38 Newcastle 33.0 3,445 2.0x 72.6x
39 Greybull 36.33 1,981 2.3x 78.0x
40 Marbleton 38.0 1,404 2.0x 97.8x

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About Chris Kolmar

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.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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