Welcome to Wyoming.

Do you feel safe here?

You probably are, as long as you don't try to pet the fluffy cows.

In the meantime, the rest of America saw its violent crime rate rise by 4.6% between 2019 and 2020, reaching the highest level since 2010.

Those numbers came from FBI data.

Those numbers are well below the historic highs of the 1990s.

Property crime saw an 8.1% drop between 2019 and 2020.

So let's take a look at the best 2023 States rankings, U.S.

The top 10 list, if you will.

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Local news was also used to help calculate violent crime rate and property crime rate in each state to determine the best states for public safety in the U.S.

Maine saw the lowest rate of violent crime in the FBI’s data (109 per 100,000 in 2020)

Alaska saw the highest (838 per 100,000). You might think Alaska a safe place to live because of the lack of people. But being around people in Alaska, apparently, is a problem.

The lowest property crime rate was in Massachusetts (1,053 per 100,000).

Louisiana saw the highest property crime rate (2,884 per 100,000).

On the top 10 list Wyoming ranks - #10.

Not too bad out of 50 states.

10. Wyoming
Violent crime rate: 234 per 100,000 residents.
Property crime rate: 1,611 per 100,000 residents.

Zach Spadt, Townsquare Media
Zach Spadt, Townsquare Media

Wyoming fared much better than the states surrounding us.

Colorado ranks in the middle of the nation for violent and property crime.

The entire top 10 list looks like this:

1). Maine
2). New Hampshire
3). New Jersey
4). Vermont
5). Idaho
6). Rhode Island
7). Massachusetts
8). Virginia
9). Connecticut
10). Wyoming

So, while Wyoming is not exactly a place where you can leave your doors unlocked at night, your odds of finding trouble out here in our old western towns is very low.

Reading The Past - Chugwater Wyoming Newspaper

These pages of the old Chugwter Wyoming newspaper show us coverage of the region from back in the 1940s.

There was little local news, other than the war.

But what was published at the time was important to the people of the area.

It was, in most case, the only news they had from outside their little ranch or town.

The Giving Hearts Of Meals On Wheels, Wyoming

There are people in your community that are stuck at home for various reasons.

They need help with food, and companionship.

In Laramie County Wyoming Meals On Wheels reaches out to them.

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