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Wyoming – A state that suggests open spaces and plains. Almost half of the state’s land is owned by the government. It retains, through an association with the individual and westward expansion, that is engrained to folklore. The population of only approximately 579,000 is spread over the 10th largest state area in the US. This makes its population density the lowest in the US. Several national monuments and parks are located in the state, most notably Yellowstone and Grand Teton.

Wyoming’s economy is dominated by agriculture, but tourism and natural mineral extraction are also significant. The state has been losing population to neighboring states due to their energy booms. Considering the state’s household and per capita incomes, the averages of $60,000 and $31,000 respectively are almost exactly in-line with national averages.

2.08 Average violent crime per 1,000
22.92 Average property crime per 1,000

Wyoming’s crime statistics are low by US average standards. Specifically, they include:

  • It’s the 13th safest state for property crime (where 1st = lowest crime)
  • The state violent crime rate is considerably below the national average with a ratio of 0.57 based upon 2.08 violent crimes per 1,000 versus the national average figure of 3.47. It is the 10th safest state in violent crime tables
  • Property crime is also significantly lower than national levels at 22.92 against the national level of 40.43 – giving a ratio of 0.60

Certain areas of Wyoming are statistically safer than others. The top 5 safest areas of the state include:

  1. Green River
  2. ​Jackson
  3. Laramie
  4. Gillette
  5. Sheridan

Safest Cities in Wyoming, 2019

RankCityViolent CrimesProperty CrimesViolent Crime RateProperty Crime Rate
1Green River201221.6279.928
2Jackson281702.61915.900
3Laramie304490.91913.759
4Gillette415691.24917.334
5Sheridan83570.44419.794
6Evanston162431.32820.176
7Rock Springs1114764.64719.928
8Casper911,7271.51628.767
9Riverton355363.17448.604
10Cheyenne2092,2653.22934.992

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Wyoming, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. However, we eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.

There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”

We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1.

Next, we computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees). We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. We transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.

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