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Old 02-05-2013, 11:16 AM
 
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Default The "bad" part of Riverton?

I am seeking advice on where to rent. I have to move to Riverton for work but have heard comments that there is a "good" section and a "bad" section of town. Can someone shed any light on what areas might be considered "bad" and generally I want to stay clear of? Thanks for any input.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Auburn
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there is a smell around the sale barn.... other then that I can't help you
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Look at the color coded map about 1/10th of the way down the page http://www.city-data.com/city/Riverton-Wyoming.html

It will display data based on "median family income" or "unemployment" which will give you a pretty good idea how the different areas of town are doing.
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:06 PM
 
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I am seeking advice on where to rent. I have to move to Riverton for work but have heard comments that there is a "good" section and a "bad" section of town. Can someone shed any light on what areas might be considered "bad" and generally I want to stay clear of? Thanks for any input.
There is always a 'good' and 'bad' part of any town. Riverton is no different. Good rentals are more likely to be found outside the city limits than within. There is a vast area that surrounds the city limits proper.
Rentals can be found...with that said, you better start early in securing something. There is a huge demand for housing, good, bad or otherwise. If I were to suggest anything else it would be to shy away from the area's east of Federal and south of Main, if possible. Good luck and welcome to Wyoming!!!
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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Kerrisj is right; if there were an area of last choice it would be the southeast section of town, south of E. Park and east of S. 2nd W. with Main and Federal being the border. There are some nice homes and blocks in this area but there are also a "not so nice" places.

I also agree that a rental is going to be hard to find and you can expect to pay $700-$800 for a pretty average 2 BR place. I would check with some of the bigger realtys in town; Home Source, Remax, and Wind River to see if they have anything coming up. I've noticed several people have run a cheap classified ad with their time of arrival, phone number, and price range they are willing to pay. If it's just you, you might want to check into an apartment. There are two larger apartments, by the college and behind Walmart, that were built in the last 5 years.

Good luck and hope you enjoy your time in Riverton.......
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:59 AM
 
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Thanks everyone, for your help. I understand about the areas much better now. I was mainly concerned about kids (gangs) as someone mentioned to me that "Riverton has gangs." But this person also was trying to rent me an apt. in another city. But from what I can see in the newspaper (Ranger) it looks like it may be a bit of an exaggeration. Of course, crime is everywhere, in every city to some extent or another. But I don't thnk I have to worry like I was told.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:15 AM
 
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Thanks everyone, for your help. I understand about the areas much better now. I was mainly concerned about kids (gangs) as someone mentioned to me that "Riverton has gangs." But this person also was trying to rent me an apt. in another city. But from what I can see in the newspaper (Ranger) it looks like it may be a bit of an exaggeration. Of course, crime is everywhere, in every city to some extent or another. But I don't thnk I have to worry like I was told.
When people talk of "gangs" I think it is like comparing apples to oranges, and not just the two fruits, but the different varieties of each!!! What is thought of as a "gang" by one person may be described as something totally different by another. I guess it depends on what your definition of "gang" is, just as the definition of the guy who told you there were gangs in Riverton may have a different viewpoint of what a gang is than the next guy. I think every town in America has groups of kids that I would classify more as "cliques" than anything, good, bad and in between. I don't have first hand information on Riverton, and there very well may be (and probably are) some groups of kids or young people who are "bad", but I would venture to guess that they would not meet my personal definition of "gangs". When I think of gangs I think of something like the Crips & the Bloods, actual organized gangs that are out to hurt others, very segregated and with ill intent in everything they do to those outside their "own". I hope that makes sense. Hopefully some Riverton folks can chime in on this!
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Warm Springs, GA
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When I think of gangs I think of something like the Crips & the Bloods, actual organized gangs that are out to hurt others, very segregated and with ill intent in everything they do to those outside their "own". I hope that makes sense. Hopefully some Riverton folks can chime in on this!
They are in Riverton (mostly Native in heritage), and probably closer to your definition than you might guess.

But the groups are small, and completely thwarted by simple situational awareness. No criminal prays on the aware, they like Easy targets. Plus, WY being what it is, there's no way to know who's packing (carrying a concealed weapon) ~ that tends to keep the kids beating on only other kids.

There's a drug culture there as well (more major than most would expect).

That said, there was no where in Riverton I would have been afraid to send my 5'2" wife alone when we were there a couple years ago. It's not exactly a dangerous place and random strangers are more likely to offer assistance than anything else. Finding a residence that meshes with an individuals lifestyle though? Different story.
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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Had to run some errands this afternoon, and while waiting in line at the bank drive-up, I noticed a group of 10-12 yr old boys on bikes cruise by. A couple had normal biking helmets, one had a helmet with a plastic mohawk, another had a full faced snowmobile helmet, one had a UW cap on, and one had a german army helmet. Thought of Georgiainwyo's post and had to smile because maybe Riverton truly has a "gang" problem.... it's all in the definition.
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:07 PM
 
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Riverton is like Mayberry, the only person who would find a problem is Barney Fife.
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