Top 4 Safest Cities in Wyoming

When searching for cities or neighborhoods to live in, most people look for a number of things: statistics and indicators. Quality of the education, check. Easy access to hospitals and clinics, check. Parks and recreational options, check! Crime rates, check. Actually, we better make that a double check. Interesting enough, a Criminal Defense attorney is able to have a unique perspective on this subject.

Crime rates are a really important indicator of the quality of life in every location. Obviously, a place with low crime rates is not heaven; low crime still isn’t zero crime. But, by understanding the crime rates and how they are calculated, its easy to filter cities and neighborhoods to establish ideal places to live.

In this article, we will show you:

  • How crime rates are calculated;
  • Why you should look carefully to those statistics;
  • And insight on the 4 safest cities in Wyoming.

How Crime Rates Are Calculated

Understanding the way crime rates are calculated will help you understand what crime rates really mean. The fact is, most people look for “crime rates” expecting an answer like “the city/neighborhood I’m planning to move to is safe?”.

While crime rates can actually help you with this question, they are not the perfect answer.

Crime rates are generally expressed as the number of crimes per 100,000 people, and they’re calculated by dividing the number of reported crimes by the total population, then multiplying the result by 100,000.

Let’s compare two different, fictitious cities so you may understand it better:

  • City A has a population of 50,000. Last year, they had 5 reported crimes. The crime rate there is 10 crimes per 100,000 population.
  • City B has a population of 5,000. Last year, they had 2 reported crimes. The crime rate there is 40 crimes per 100,000 population.

Now you see, even though City B had fewer crimes than City A, it’s crime rate is way higher. That’s why you should dig deeper into crime statistics to see if your city or neighborhood is really safe.

Wyoming Crime Rates

Wyoming crime rates are below the US national medians. With a population of 582,658 people, Wyoming has reported a total of 14,004 crimes in 2013 (year of the last total crime data released by the FBI).

Those numbers put the Wyoming crime rate at 24.03 crimes per 1,000 residents. There is a 1 in 488 chance that you’ll be a victim of crime in Wyoming.

The most reported crimes in Wyoming are:

  • Theft: 10,276;
  • Burglary: 1,955;
  • Assault: 916;
  • Motor vehicle theft: 578;
  • Rape: 187.

With a 2.05 violent crimes rate and a 21.98 property crimes rate, all of Wyoming’s crime rates are below the national medians. Here are some US national medians so you can compare:

  • Violent crimes: 3.8 per 1,000 people against Wyoming’s 2.05 per 1,000 people;
  • Property crimes: 27.3 per 1,000 people against Wyoming’s 21.98 per 1,000 people;
  • Crimes per square mile: 37,9, against Wyoming’s 25.0.,/li>

The 4 Safest Cities in Wyoming

The safest cities with the lowest crime rates in Wyoming are as follows:

  • Ten Sleep;
  • Dubois;
  • Farson;
  • Guernsey.

It should be noted that, statistically, the majority of crimes in Wyoming are property crimes, especially theft, which is the most reported crime in the state. Still, the crime rates in the state are below the national medians, as we have shown above. Stay tuned for more updates in regards to Crime in Wyoming.

Disclaimer:As of this date, 1/13/16, all information within this article is accurate and does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not rely on this information as it is possible for laws to change.