These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Wyoming

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by Chris Kolmar
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America has been known as the land of opportunity for as long as I can remember. It’s the one place in the world where if you bare down and keep your nose to the grindstone, you can make a better life for your family and yourself.

And while everyone in Wyoming works hard, there’s a certain part of the Equality State that takes the Puritan work ethic to the extreme — the hardest working places in Wyoming .

Who’s the leader of this work around the clock ethos? That would be Ranchettes which takes top honors for the hardest working place in Wyoming. People work so hard there they manage to make getting to work a job.

So what other places burn the midnight oil to bring home a large piece of bacon? You’re going to have to get to the office early and stay late on Fridays to beat out these places in Wyoming for a promotion:

  1. Ranchettes
  2. Bar Nunn
  3. Jackson
  4. North Rock Springs
  5. Warren Afb
  6. Cody
  7. Gillette
  8. Wright
  9. Green River
  10. Casper

So listen up Mills as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Hardest Working Places In The Equality State

Like all problems here at Zippia, we start with the data to answer the hard questions. Some might even consider us the hardest working data-crunchers this side of the Mississippi.

In this particular case, we went to the latest version of the American Community Survey looking for answers. As luck would have it, the Census Bureau just released the 2009-2014 5-Yr Estimate which would make this analysis the first of its kind with the new data.

After scrolling through what seemed like hundreds of criteria, we settled on this set for each State:

  • Average hours worked
  • Average commute time
  • Workers per household (Employed labor force divided by the number households)
  • Labor force participation rate
  • Adults with a college degree

Our thinking went something along the lines of if you are spent the many years getting a degree, are actively seeking employment, work a ton of hours when employed, and spend forever getting to work, you get the Zippia hardworking stamp of approval.

After we got the data for all 37 places in Wyoming, we ranked each place from 1 to 37 for each of the criteria with 1 being the “hardest working”.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each to create a hardworking index.

Finally, we crowned the place with the lowest hard working index the “Hardest Working Place In Wyoming”. And, at the end of the day, Ranchettes had its hard work pay off.

Read the detailed chart below to learn a bit more about why each place ranked where it did.

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1. Ranchettes


Population: 6,028 College Graduates: 42.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.7
Workers Per Household: 1.4

2. Bar Nunn


Population: 2,447 College Graduates: 21.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 43.4
Workers Per Household: 1.6

3. Jackson

Jackson, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,967College Graduates: 43.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.2
Workers Per Household: 2.1

4. North Rock Springs


Population: 2,239 College Graduates: 18.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.3
Workers Per Household: 1.6

5. Warren Afb


Population: 2,746 College Graduates: 33.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 43.4
Workers Per Household: 2.3

6. Cody

Cody, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,687College Graduates: 25.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.3
Workers Per Household: 1.5

7. Gillette

Gillette, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,110College Graduates: 19.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.9
Workers Per Household: 1.5

8. Wright

Wright, Wyoming

Source: Flickr

Population: 2,373College Graduates: 10.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.7
Workers Per Household: 1.6

9. Green River

Green River, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,600College Graduates: 19.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.0
Workers Per Household: 1.5

10. Casper

Casper, Wyoming

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 57,815College Graduates: 22.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.0
Workers Per Household: 1.4

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Wyoming

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Ranchettes 1 6,028 42.2% 41.7 1.4
Bar Nunn 2 2,447 21.3% 43.4 1.6
Jackson 3 9,967 43.5% 40.2 2.1
North Rock Springs 4 2,239 18.5% 41.3 1.6
Warren AFB 5 2,746 33.6% 43.4 2.3
Cody 6 9,687 25.5% 40.3 1.5
Gillette 7 31,110 19.0% 41.9 1.5
Wright 8 2,373 10.7% 41.7 1.6
Green River 9 12,600 19.1% 41.0 1.5
Casper 10 57,815 22.9% 41.0 1.4
Rock Springs 11 23,684 18.5% 42.1 1.4
Buffalo 12 4,620 26.0% 38.5 1.2
Glenrock 13 2,576 19.7% 41.3 1.4
Powell 14 6,365 20.7% 38.1 1.3
Torrington 15 6,732 21.0% 40.4 1.3
Moose Wilson Road 16 2,009 77.9% 38.5 1.8
Douglas 17 6,272 18.6% 40.4 1.3
Rawlins 18 9,198 14.6% 41.0 1.4
Cheyenne 19 61,470 27.7% 39.9 1.3
Wheatland 20 3,633 21.3% 38.4 1.0
Afton 21 2,065 19.4% 36.3 1.5
Kemmerer 22 2,672 18.2% 40.6 1.5
Lovell 23 2,409 17.1% 39.8 1.2
Laramie 24 31,601 51.4% 35.5 1.4
Sheridan 25 17,699 29.0% 38.5 1.2
Evanston 26 12,253 20.0% 38.8 1.4
Thermopolis 27 2,899 19.3% 38.9 1.0
Lyman 28 2,186 16.3% 37.7 1.5
Newcastle 29 3,495 14.7% 38.9 1.1
Fox Farm-College 30 3,959 8.8% 38.4 1.4
Lander 31 7,627 32.3% 39.0 1.3
South Greeley 32 4,702 10.4% 39.6 1.4
Evansville 33 2,776 6.5% 41.0 1.4
Riverton 34 10,902 17.4% 39.2 1.3
Greybull 35 2,116 15.3% 38.2 1.2
Worland 36 5,445 18.9% 38.4 1.2
Mills 37 3,545 6.5% 41.5 1.2