11 Safest Cities in Wyoming: Safest Places to Live in WY

September 26, 2014

6. Torrington, WY

Presiding as the county seat of Goshen County, Torrington, dwells within the semi-arid valley leading to Scottsbluff in the southeast portion of the state. . Recently having acquired a municipal airport, this city began its prestigious history as a refueling station for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad before coming into its own as a regional business hub.
Commercially, its citizens largely meet the needs of the Wyoming Medium Security Correctional Institute – which employs a good number of them in its day-to-day operations. Notable for its arable crop land, a large amount of corn and soy is produced here to fuel the markets in Cheyenne. Super low crime rates are the norm here thanks to the Torrington Police Department’s vigilance.

Population: 6,787
Violent Crimes per 1000: 3.83
Property Crimes per 1000: 20.92
Crime Index: 34
Safer than 34% of US cities

7. Sheridan, WY

Custer’s Last Stand occurred roughly seventy miles to the north of Sheridan, WY. But this scenic, northern Wyoming city has much more to offer than simply reenactments of Little Bighorn. This growing metropolis offers both a taste of the old Wild West as well as opportunities for secondary education and outdoor adventure.
Located on the Eastern end of Bighorn National Forest, Sheridan offers an unprecedented trail to Cloud Peak – the tallest mountain in this mountain range. And for those archaeological enthusiasts – Sheridan boasts a world-famous T-Rex museum and a dinosaur fossil track site not far outside Big Horn Basin.
This city is steadily growing as it becomes a transportation hub for large commercial vehicles coming to and from Billings, MO. With the recent increases in oil and gas production in the vicinity, Sheridan is expected to only increase as commercial rigs bring natural resources from the well to the refinery. It is an attractive town to call home thanks to low crime rates, largely due to a vigilant city police department.

Population: 17,771
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.46
Property Crimes per 1000: 25.94
Crime Index: 29
Safer than 29% of US cities

8. Jackson, WY

Nestled in the Jackson Hole valley of the Tetons, Jackson is a central attraction for rock-climbing enthusiasts and outdoorsmen. Surrounded by award winning resorts in the northwest part of the state, Jackson offers unparalleled skiing experiences and a “Gateway to the Tetons”.
Within a short driving distance of the Grand Teton National Park and decent time to Yellowstone, Jackson is an ideal destination for those seeking adventure and sportsmanship. This city also offers access to the National Elk Refuge which includes scenic sleigh rides in the winter time.
Offered throughout the year are various festivals including the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Congressionally-designed National Museum of Wildlife Art.
This historic city has more than doubled in size since the beginning of the millennium, mainly due to its locally driven arts community and sports enthusiasm. With the establishment of multiple award winning mountainside resorts, Jackson is also becoming noted for its own authentic take on Western cuisine. It is a favorite city for those moving to the area, as much for its amenities as for the fact that it is a low-crime municipality.

Population: 9,851
Violent Crimes per 1000: 4.06
Property Crimes per 1000: 24.06
Crime Index: 28
Safer than 28% of US cities

9. Laramie, WY

Another testament to the Westward push of the Union Pacific Railroad, Laramie is the next major city West from Cheyenne. The largest city on our list, this quickly growing metropolis in the south end of the state draws upon its distinct historic origins to perpetuate a unique flavor of Western frontier décor and lifestyle.
Housing a major campus of the University of Wyoming, citizens and students alike flock to UW’s NCAA Division I games. When not preoccupied with college football, locals enjoy the extensive outdoor activities offered in locations such as Vedauwoo – famous for its challenging granite rockclimbing courses – and Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest.
Despite the loss of much of their local industry due to enforcement of EPA regulations, Laramie is a growing and thriving city which serves as a cultural exchange for most of Wyoming. Focusing instead on more ecological tourism and outdoorsmanship, Laramie is seeking to foster a fresh image as an environmentally-friendly partner in the region. A dedicated police force works hard to keep townspeople and visitors safe and secure.

Population: 31,767
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.1
Property Crimes per 1000: 27.58
Crime Index: 27
Safer than 27% of US cities

10. Rawlins, WY

Noted for its particular reddish hue of hematite, Rawlins is famous for a unique paint which was had antioxidant properties when applied to ironworks. This paint was allegedly applied liberally to the Brooklyn Bridge, from which Rawlins gained its greatest acclaim. Located in the southern part of the state, Rawlins today is a charming small city with a variety of amenities to offer residents.
Long after its hematite mining operations ceased, Rawlins’ most notable industry now is its local corrections branch – the Wyoming State Penitentiary. Many of Rawlins’ citizens are employed by Wyoming Department of Corrections as they secure some five hundred medium security prisoners.
As the county seat of Carbon County, this city is historically known as being a watering hole for the Union scouts heading West. Most notable in this city’s recent development is the installation of a remote campus for Western Wyoming Community College. A police force that offers a variety of specialized programs ensures the safety of Rawlins.

Population: 9,337
Violent Crimes per 1000:2.68
Property Crimes per 1000: 27.63
Crime Index: 25
Safer than 25% of US cities

11. Lander, WY

Along the middle fork of the the Popo Agie River, the city of Lander sits atop the famous Oregon Trail. Located in central Wyoming, Lander holds an annual rodeo that attracts tourists from around the region. This city predominantly thrives on local arts and entertainment. Boasting many yearly festivals, Lander is very well known for a Shakespearian traveling troupe which calls it home.
Situated in the midst of Sinks Canyon State Park, Shoshone National Forest, the Wind River Mountains, and the Red Desert, Lander becomes a regular destination for outdoorsmen seeking a great diversity of trails and conditions.
At present, this city is also the county seat of Fremont which hosts the regionally acclaimed Pioneer Days Rodeo and Parade – a cultural festival dedicated to the history of the frontier. Its small but intense police department keeps this western town safe for all.

Population: 7,681
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.17
Property Crimes per 1000: 33.98
Crime Index: 19
Safer than 19% of US cities

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12 Safest Cities in Wyoming: Safest Places to Live in WY

Disclaimer: To improve the accuracy and usefulness of our list, we chose to exclude small communities with populations below 5,000 in our rankings.
Our rankings are determined by national crime statistics published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Our rankings are only as accurate as the local population and crime statistics officially released by the FBI.

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