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10 Safest Cities in Wyoming (2024 Update)

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Note: This article’s statistics come from third-party sources and do not represent the opinions of this website.

Wyoming is a state that sits between Montana and Colorado. There are plenty of wonderful parks and other recreational sites to visit, and several of its larger cities provide fantastic nightlife, museums, and other activities. If you are thinking about moving to Wyoming and want to know more about the safer areas, we can help. Here, we list several of the safest cities and discuss the population, robbery, violent assault, and murder rates of each one to help you make a safe and informed decision.

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Top 10 Safest Cities in Wyoming:

1. Worland, WY

Population: 4,930
Murder rate: 0 per 100,000 people
Average Household income: $49,191
Poverty rate: 16.7%
Violent crimes in 2021: 159.2 per 100,000 people

Worland, Wyoming, has a desert climate and receives almost no rainfall. There’s little crime in this part of the state, and it currently stands at 64.65% below the national average. There are no recent reported murders, car thefts, or robberies, and many of the other types of crime occur only half as frequently as the state average. The area has good jobs and education, but it can be difficult to find housing.


2. Torrington, WY

Population: 6,119
Murder rate: 0 per 100,000 people
Average Household income: $42,202
Poverty rate: 16.5%
Violent crimes in 2021: 193.8 per 100,000 people

Torrington is a safe city in Wyoming with a tight-knit community that helps keep crime to a minimum. It stands at 63.29% lower than the national average in crime. There are no recent murders or car thefts, and robbery is also extremely rare. All other crimes are also below the national and state averages. The city has good education, but it can be difficult to find jobs and housing if you intend to stay long term.


3. Green River, WY

Population: 11,439
Murder rate: 0 per 100,000 people
Average Household income: $75,087
Poverty rate: 12.3%
Violent crimes in 2021: 184.5 per 100,000 people

Green River is a large city in Wyoming that got its start in 1868. There’s plenty to do in this city, and it’s quite safe, with the current rating of 59.71% below the national average in crime. There are no recent murders or robberies, and most other types of crime are well below the state average, except for aggravated assault, which exceeds the state average but remains below the national.


4. Laramie, WY

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Population: 32,909
Murder rate: 0 per 100,000 people
Average Household income: $43,191
Poverty rate: 26%
Violent crimes in 2021: 177.5 per 100,000 people

Laramy is the third-largest city in Wyoming, with a population that exceeds 30,000 people. It’s where you’ll find the Territorial Prison, which held many famous outlaws, including Butch Cassidy, so it’s a popular tourist destination. It’s a remarkably safe city with no recent murders and few robberies. All other types of crime are also below the national average, which is why the city currently stands at 53.53% below the national average in crime.


5. Cody, WY

Population: 9,860
Murder rate: 15.9 per 100,000 people
Average Household income: $71,041
Poverty rate: 7.7%
Violent crimes in 2021: 172.3 per 100,000 people

Cody is an important tourist city that is quite popular due to its ties with the Wild West, especially Buffalo Bill. It’s one of the safest cities in the state, with no recent murder and other types of crime that are well below the state and national average. Currently, the city stands at 49.25% below the national average in crime. There are plenty of jobs available, and it’s easy to find housing and good education, but the cost of living can be a little high.


6. Douglas, WY

Population: 6,364
Murder rate: 15.9 per 100,000 people
Average Household income: $62,726
Poverty rate: 9.9%
Violent crimes in 2021: 127.1 per 100,000 people

Douglas, Wyoming, currently stands at 39.06% below the national average in crime, and it’s an important city for the production of uranium and coal. It’s a fairly large city, with a population greater than 6,000 people. Despite recent murders, most other types of crime are below average for the state. It’s a great area to live with plenty of jobs, but it can be hard to find housing and good education.


7. Rock Springs, WY

Population: 23,319
Murder rate: 0 per 100,000 people
Average Household income: $76,722
Poverty rate: 7%
Violent crimes in 2021: 190.5 per 100,000 people

Rock Springs is the fifth largest city in Wyoming, and it’s the third city on this list with more than 10,000 people, showing that not all cities are dangerous places. The poverty rate is quite low in this city, and there are no recent murders with the other types of crime, which are all well below the state and national average. It’s easy to find jobs and housing in the city, and the education system also gets good grades. The crime rate currently stands at 38.28%, below the national average.


8. Evanston, WY

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Population: 11,704
Murder rate: 0 per 100,000 people
Average Household income: $49,333
Poverty rate: 19.3%
Violent crimes in 2021: 249.5 per 100,000 people

Evanston is the first city east of Salt Lake City, and it is one of the cooler areas in Wyoming, with the summertime average high temperature of only 79.8 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s a safe area to visit, and it currently stands 26.36% below the national average in crime. There is no recent murder, there are few robberies, and even aggravated assault is well below the state average. Violent crime, property crime, and theft exceed the state average but remain below the national.


9. Gillette, WY

Population: 33,403
Murder rate: 3.1 per 100,000 people
Average Household income: $74,348
Poverty rate: 11.6%
Violent crimes in 2021: 134.5 per 100,000 people

Gillette is a strong coal mining city producing much of the fuel used in Wyoming in an area that produces much of the coal used by the whole nation. It currently stands at 15.48% below the national average in crime, but it’s no stranger to it, with a recent murder or a higher-than-average amount of property crime and theft. However, robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, and violent crime are well below average as of 2021.


10. Sheridan, WY

Population: 18,154
Murder rate: 0 per 100,000 people
Average Household income: $55,086
Poverty rate: 7.8%
Violent crimes in 2021: 50.3 per 100,000 people

Sheridan is a city in northern Wyoming that got its start after the American Frontier wars. In the winter, it gets more snow than the average city in the United States, and in the summer, it’s warmer than most places in Wyoming. Despite the snow and heat, it’s a pleasant and safe place to live, with no recent murders or robberies. Other crimes are also lower than average except for property crime and theft, both of which exceed the state average and are close to the national. It’s a great place to find jobs, housing, and education, but the cost of living is quite high. It currently stands at 14.71% below the national average in crime.

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Wyoming is a relatively safe state with lower-than-average numbers in all types of crime, so you won’t need to be too concerned if you visit the state, especially when traveling to one of the cities on this list. However, the old saying, “better safe than sorry,” always applies, and one of the best things that you can do to protect yourself is to make sure you have a high-quality working alarm in both your home and vehicle. Most criminals will not try to get around an alarm system and will choose a different house or car instead. Visible video cameras can also help deter criminals, and they might also help you collect important evidence that you can give to the authorities.

When traveling alone, keep a can of Mace within reach in case you get attacked. Keeping your cell phone out will give you quick access to a light and a video camera, which can keep you safe if you find yourself in a dangerous area. Always tell friends and family where you’re going and when you should arrive if you’re traveling alone, so they will quickly notice if something has happened and can find you.

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Conclusion

Several cities in Wyoming are quite safe, and they all make fantastic spots for your next vacation or place to live. That said, Worland is the clear winner at 64.65% below the national average in crime. Many of the cities on this list are also popular tourist destinations, including Green River, Cody, and Laramie.


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