About the State of Wyoming
Considering the sparse and spread population of Wyoming, it may not be much of a surprise to find them ranked toward the top of our 2016 rankings of the Safest Places to Live in the United States .
We took a closer look at the Cowboy State to see what towns and communities helped contribute to the state’s high ranking. These are the 25 safest places to live in Wyoming.
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Wyoming’s Safest Cities
Thermopolis, Wyoming’s Safest City
The largest town and county seat for Hot Springs County, Thermopolis earned its name because of the numerous natural hot springs found in the region. In fact, the town claims to have the largest mineral hot spring in the world. As of the 1896 treats, the springs are open to the public for free and it a popular tourist destination.
The county seat of Washakie County, Worland is located in the Big Horn Basin by the Big Horn River in the northwestern part of the state. With the majestic beauty of the Big Horn Mountains to the west and the Wind River Mountains to the south, Worland offers families and resident a safe place to live with unmatched views and landscapes.
Located in Converse County, the town of Glenrock was originally known as Deer Creek Station and was a mail and state station on the Oregon Trail, serving as an important supply point for settlers heading west. Oil was discovered in the area in 1889, contributing to the town’s growth.
The county seat of Sweetwater, Green River is located in the southwestern part of Wyoming on the banks of the Green River. It was incorporated in 1868. Originally to be a division point of the Union Pacific Railroad, when the rail line arrived, the town was already well established so the company moved the division point west to what would eventually be known as the town of Bryan.
Kemmerer is the county seat and largest city in Lincoln County with almost three thousand residents. The town was incorporated in 1899 by Patrick Quealy, who along with his business partner, developed coal mines. The underground mines were in operation from the late 1890s through to the 1960s.
The county seat of Goshen County, the town of Torrington is located on the historic Mormon Trail near the Oregon and California trails on the banks of the North Platte River. The town was founded in 1900 by W.G. Curtis who named it after his hometown of Torrington, Connecticut. In 1908, the town was officially incorporated.
Named after its founder, William Frederick Cody (more commonly known as Buffalo Bill), the city of Cody is located in Park County and is the county seat. The city was incorporated in 1901 and is located about 52 miles from the Yellowstone National Park’s east entrance. Today, the city receives hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
Newcastle is the county seat of Weston County and began as a product of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad to help with coal from the new town of Cambria just a few miles north. The area’s land was rough with dense tree patches and deep, rocky gullies. After clearing and grading the land, it was settled and eventually incorporated in 1889.
Part of the Casper, Wyoming Metropolitan Statistical Area, Evansville is located in Natrona County and was named after W.T. Evans, a blacksmith who settled in the area in 1902 and built a large ranch, portions of which were later sold to the Socony-Mobil and Texas Oil Companies.
The county seat of Albany County, Laramie is found on the Laramie River in southeastern Wyoming east of Cheyenne. The city was settled in the mid-19th century on the Union Pacific Railroad Line. The ruins of Fort Sanders are south of the city. Money Magazine named Laramie one of the best places to retire in 2011 and noted the city for its landscape and low taxes.
Rawlins is the county seat of Carbon County and was named after the Union General John Aaron Rawlins who camped in the area in 1867 while helping protect a surveying crew working on the first trans-continental railroad. It’s claimed the General was so impressed with the quality of the drinking water that he asked the spring be named after him. In turn, it was.
The county seat of Sheridan, the city was named after General Philip Sheridan a Union cavalry leader during the American Civil War. Cradled by the Bighorn Mountain range, the lush greenery of the area earned the city the nickname of Wyoming’s Emerald City and was named one of the best places to live like an old west cowboy by True West Magazine.
Known as the Home of 56 Nationalities because the area attracted immigrants from all over the world to work the coal mines, the city of Rock Springs is located in Sweetwater County. It is the principal city of the Rock Springs micropolitan statistical area. The area has a number of oil and natural gas wells and is a well-known, energy rick region of the state.
The largest town and county seat of Teton County, Jackson is located in the Jackson Hole valley and is a major destination for tourists. Some of the most notable points of interests and tourist attractions include the Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and several well-known mountain and ski resorts.
Part of the Casper, Wyoming Metropolitan Statistical Area, the town of Mills is in Natrona County. Founded in 1921, the town was part of the Oregon Trail and a major crossing point of the Platte River for early settlers was the nearby Mormon Ferry to the east of the town of Mills.
The county seat of Natrona County, Casper is the second largest city in the state of Wyoming. Nicknamed “The Oil City”, Casper was an oil boomtown dating back to the development of the nearby Salt Creek Oil Field. It was ranked the most family friendly small city in the west by Forbes Magazine.
Found in Park County, the city of Powell was named after John Wesley Powell who was a U.S. soldier, geologist and noted explorer. The town was officially incorporated in 1909. The town is 75 miles east of Yellowstone National Park and lies between the Big Horn Mountains to the east and the Absaroka Range to the west.
The seat of Johnson County, the town of Buffalo recently experienced an economic boom from methane extracted from coal beds in the Powder River Basin. Located at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains, the town’s economy is also made up of agriculture and a healthy tourist trade.
The state capital and most populous city, Cheyenne is also the county seat of Laramie County and the principal city on the Cheyenne, Wyoming Metropolitan Statistical Area which covers all of Laramie County. The land that eventually became the city of Cheyenne was first surveyed by General Grenville M. Dodge and his crew in 1867.
The county seat of Uinta County, the city of Evanston was named after James E. Evans a Union Pacific Railroad surveyor who came to the area during the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad. With an abundance of timber and water by the Bear River, Evanston was a popular refueling station for trains headed across the country.
Gillette is found in and the county seat of Campbell County. Self-described as the “Energy Capital of the Nation,” Gillette is located in an area heavily involved in coal, oil and methane gas production. Incorporated in 1892 soon after Wyoming became a state, the town was named after railroad surveyor Edward Gillette. In the past ten years, the population has increased by almost fifty percent.
The county seat of Platte County, Wheatland was a flat and dry plain with desert-like vegetation until a local rancher and several other men began to irrigate the Wheatland Flats in 1883. After construction of the irrigation system, the Cheyenne and Northern Railway line was brought to the area which further helped the local farmlands develop and prosper.
Named after explorer General Frederick W. Lander, the city of Lander is the county seat of Fremont County and is located in central Wyoming by the Popo Agie River. Just southeast of the town is the site of the state’s first oil well which was started in 1884. The city of Lander was incorporated in 1890.
Originally settled as a railway station for the Wyoming Central Railway in 1886, the city of Douglas is located in Converse County and is designated the county seat. The town was officially named Douglas after Senator Stephen A. Douglas and served as a supply point and retail and trade point for surrounding cattle ranchers, railway crews, cowboys and troops from the nearby Army at Fort Fetterman.
The largest city in Fremont County, the city of Riverton is so named because four rivers meet. Built on land originally part of the Wind River Reservation, residents of the town have expressed interest in splitting from the rest of Fremont County to establish Wind River County with their town named the county seat.
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4. Green River
13. Rock Springs