A place where the wilderness is part of everyday life and rugged individualism reigns supreme, Wyoming remains the American state where spaces are more wide open than pretty much anywhere else. At 586,107 residents, its population is the lowest in the country— even lower than Rhode Island, America's smallest state. But Wyoming residents are also go-getters, posting the 15th-highest household income in the U.S., while also remaining pridefully inclusive. (The official nickname of Wyoming is the Equality State.) Though two-thirds of Wyoming is covered in the mountainous terrain of the Rockies, the state remains a huge tourist draw due to its beautiful landscapes. Destinations such as Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Independence Rock draw more than six million travelers to the state annually. Coupled with the fact that Wyoming is a very safe state, these natural wonders are a big reason why some people are drawn to the “Cowboy State.”
Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.
Located in beautiful northwestern Wyoming, Worland is the county seat of Washakie County and also happens to be the safest city in the state. Worland resides within the Big Horn Basin, a 100-mile-wide plateau region, and also sits on the Bighorn River. With a population of 5,335, it only experiences 1 violent crime and 57 property crimes per year— you'll be hard-pressed to encounter any troublemakers here. It's also a great place for those who love nature, since Yellowstone National Park is located to the west and the Wind River Canyon to the south.
Sitting at a cloud-scraping 7,165 feet and located on the shores of the Laramie River, the city of Laramie is one of the biggest tourism draws in the state of Wyoming. It's also one of the safest cities around, with 1 instance of violent crime and 16 reported cases of property crime per 1,000 people, respectively. A hub for outdoor enthusiasts looking to enjoy the nearby Snowy Range and Laramie Range around the Laramie Valley, the historic town boasts 30,816 residents. It was settled in the mid-1800s along the Union Pacific Railroad, but today it's home to many students who attend the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Technical Institute, and Laramie County Community College.
The famed town of Jackson is located in the Jackson Hole valley on the western edge of Wyoming, and even though it's population is only 10,668, Jackson remains a huge draw for tourists every year. It's safer than heck too, since it only experienced only 19 cases of violent crime and 168 cases of property crime last year. When locals aren't shredding the slopes or shopping and dining in town square, they're probably mingling with tourists—nearby Grand Teton National Park draws more than two million visitors per year. Nearby highlights also include the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole Resort, Snow King Mountain resort, and the National Elk Refuge.
Named after Colonel William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody—the famed scout, showman, trapper, and Pony Express rider—the city of Cody has a small population of 9,789. It's no place to start a ruckus either, since the super-safe city experienced only 11 violent crimes and 189 property crimes last year. The city offers restaurants, shops, and hotels for tourists heading west too Yellowstone National Park, and is also home to western-style furniture makers. For those who don't get jazzed about furniture, there's also the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, which contains five museums in one. Fun fact: it's also the birthplace of the abstract painter Jackson Pollock.
5. GREEN RIVER
Located in southwestern Wyoming, Green River is a small city of 12,686 people that also happens to be the fifth-safest town in the Equality State. Those looking for trouble better hit the bricks though, since this no-nonsense town doesn't mess around when it comes to safety. Annually, there are 4.57 violent crimes and 11.35 property crimes per 1,000 people, respectively— so stay at home, Superman. In the late 1800s, Green River was a division point of the Union Pacific Railroad, and that frontier spirit lives on to this day.
The Top 15 Safest Cities in Wyoming, 2017
5. Green River
10. Rock Springs
To identify the safest cities in Wyoming, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000. Note that our use of the word "cities" is versatile, refers to populations of 5,000 and over, and thus includes places with the words "town" and "township."
The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.