These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In Wyoming

By Chris Kolmar
Jun. 27, 2016

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What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?

Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnamable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?

Probably so.

But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in Wyoming. And here they are:

  1. Douglas
  2. Gillette
  3. Cody
  4. Jackson
  5. Casper
  6. Rock Springs
  7. Green River
  8. Sheridan
  9. Rawlins
  10. Powell

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In Wyoming

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:

1. Douglas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,272Median Income: $57,543
Poverty Level: 8.4%
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

2. Gillette

Population: 31,110Median Income: $73,426
Poverty Level: 8.6%
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%

3. Cody

Population: 9,687Median Income: $53,598
Poverty Level: 9.8%
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%

4. Jackson

Population: 9,967Median Income: $64,345
Poverty Level: 11.5%
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%

5. Casper

Population: 57,815Median Income: $57,511
Poverty Level: 9.0%
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%

6. Rock Springs

Population: 23,684Median Income: $70,918
Poverty Level: 11.1%
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%

7. Green River

Population: 12,600Median Income: $71,766
Poverty Level: 10.5%
Unemployment Rate: 7.6%

8. Sheridan

Population: 17,699Median Income: $49,314
Poverty Level: 9.8%
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%

9. Rawlins

Population: 9,198Median Income: $57,121
Poverty Level: 14.9%
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

10. Powell

Population: 6,365Median Income: $47,064
Poverty Level: 13.1%
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%

Measuring Success

If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.

But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to Douglas and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.

Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In Wyoming

Rank City Median Income Poverty Rate Unemployment Rate
1 Douglas $57,543 8.4% 4.2%
2 Gillette $73,426 8.6% 4.6%
3 Cody $53,598 9.8% 2.6%
4 Jackson $64,345 11.5% 3.0%
5 Casper $57,511 9.0% 4.9%
6 Rock Springs $70,918 11.1% 5.8%
7 Green River $71,766 10.5% 7.6%
8 Sheridan $49,314 9.8% 4.5%
9 Rawlins $57,121 14.9% 4.2%
10 Powell $47,064 13.1% 2.5%
11 Cheyenne $54,845 11.2% 5.8%
12 Evanston $49,333 15.3% 6.9%
13 Torrington $43,545 17.1% 5.6%
14 Riverton $42,208 15.2% 9.3%
15 Lander $53,028 17.5% 11.6%
16 Laramie $38,451 34.6% 6.0%
17 Worland $38,652 18.8% 10.6%

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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