These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Wyoming

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Wyoming have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Wyoming places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Ranchettes, the happiest place in Wyoming.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Equality State”:

  1. Ranchettes
  2. Douglas
  3. Cody
  4. Cheyenne
  5. Sheridan
  6. Gillette
  7. Casper
  8. Green River
  9. Rock Springs
  10. Torrington
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Equality State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 18 places in Wyoming with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 18 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Wyoming”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Wyoming ranked. Our apologies to Rawlins which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Ranchettes


Population: 6,028 People Who Own Their Home: 90.4%
Married Adults: 69.7%

2. Douglas

Douglas, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,272People Who Own Their Home: 63.4%
Married Adults: 51.0%

3. Cody

Cody, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,687People Who Own Their Home: 56.5%
Married Adults: 56.6%

4. Cheyenne

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 61,470People Who Own Their Home: 56.7%
Married Adults: 49.8%

5. Sheridan

Sheridan, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,699People Who Own Their Home: 57.9%
Married Adults: 51.4%

6. Gillette

Gillette, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,110People Who Own Their Home: 61.0%
Married Adults: 52.1%

7. Casper

Casper, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 57,815People Who Own Their Home: 60.0%
Married Adults: 49.3%

8. Green River

Green River, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,600People Who Own Their Home: 66.5%
Married Adults: 56.1%

9. Rock Springs

Rock Springs, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,684People Who Own Their Home: 59.2%
Married Adults: 52.6%

10. Torrington

Torrington, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,732People Who Own Their Home: 66.6%
Married Adults: 46.2%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Wyoming

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Ranchettes 1 6,028 90.4% 69.7%
Douglas 2 6,272 63.4% 51.0%
Cody 3 9,687 56.5% 56.6%
Cheyenne 4 61,470 56.7% 49.8%
Sheridan 5 17,699 57.9% 51.4%
Gillette 6 31,110 61.0% 52.1%
Casper 7 57,815 60.0% 49.3%
Green River 8 12,600 66.5% 56.1%
Rock Springs 9 23,684 59.2% 52.6%
Torrington 10 6,732 66.6% 46.2%
Rawlins 11 9,198 56.0% 47.9%
Laramie 12 31,601 38.9% 34.6%
Powell 13 6,365 66.6% 39.3%
Jackson 14 9,967 29.7% 39.1%
Worland 15 5,445 56.6% 49.2%
Lander 16 7,627 56.6% 52.5%
Evanston 17 12,253 55.2% 53.4%
Riverton 18 10,902 57.0% 40.6%