Wyoming Population 2017

589,713

The state of Wyoming is located in the central northwestern sector of the USA. While it is the 10th largest in terms of surface area, it has the lowest recorded population of any state in the Union. It is also the second most sparsely populated. Wyoming's population in 2016 is estimated at 586,107, up slightly from the 2010 Census. It's currently enjoying a healthy growth rate of 1.13%, which ranks 15th among all 50 states.

The population of Wyoming in 2016 can only be estimated at present because the last official census in the country took place in 2010. It’s necessary, therefore, to take the official figures and attempt to project them forward to the present day.

The 2010 census revealed that there were 563,626 people in Montana and that meant an increase of over 14% on the numbers declared at the Census of 2000. An updated estimate of the state's population shows 586,107 residents in 2016. That means Wyoming ranks 50th in terms of population.

This is a very sparsely populated state, and with an average of just 5.85 people for every square mile, only one other state in the entire US -- Alaska -- can boast a less dense population.

As of 2005, almost 51% of Wyomingites lived in one of the 13 largest municipalities of the state. The largest city, Cheyenne, has a population of just 63,335, followed by Casper (60,285) and Laramie (32,158).

Wyoming Population Chart

Wyoming Population History

In 1870, the population of Wyoming stood at just 9,118 but significant increases were to follow for the latter half of that century. Just ten years later in 1880, a rise of over 100% had taken the figure to 20,789, and a further 200% increase saw the population in 1890 rise to 62,555.

From that point up until the present day, the overall growth percentage increases have slowed down, although generally speaking, the picture has been one of sustained, if unspectacular, growth. There was an anomaly in 1990, however, when the census of that year revealed a fall in numbers of 3.4% on those declared ten years earlier.

Further rises were to follow, however, and that has continued to the present day where the population of Wyoming in 2016 exceeds 580,000.

Wyoming Population Projections

The fact that there was a fall in the population of Wyoming as recently as 1990 makes it a little difficult to predict numbers moving forward. However, recent censuses have indicated a return to sustained, if modest growth and therefore, by the time of the next census in 2020, the population may exceed the next milestone of 600,000.

Wyoming is currently enjoying one of the highest growth rates in the country, in part fueled by natural gas jobs in the area and an unemployment rate well below the country's average. Its growth over the last few decades has been in largely rural counties where natural gas exploration has taken off.

Given its healthy economic environment, open space and high growth rate, its population is estimated to be close to 700,000 by 2025.

Population Data via US Census

Wyoming Growth Rate

Wyoming State Rank

Year Pop % Change
2020595,1220.30%
2019593,3190.30%
2018591,5160.31%
2017589,7130.31%
2016587,9100.31%
2015586,1070.31%
2014584,3040.20%
2013583,1311.05%
2012577,0801.64%
2011567,7680.73%
2010563,6261.33%
2000493,7820.85%
1990453,588-0.35%
1980469,5573.51%
1970332,4160.07%
1960330,0661.28%
1950290,5291.48%
1940250,7421.06%
1930225,5651.50%
1920194,4022.91%
1910145,9654.66%
190092,5314.31%
189060,70511.31%
188020,7898.59%
18709,1180.00%

Wyoming Facts

undefined Population in 2017Source: Cliff from Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA

  • Wyoming is the least populated state in the US.
  • The first state to give women voting rights was Wyoming.
  • Wyoming has the 7th largest Indian reservation in the country. The Wind River Indian Reservation -- which stretches across over 2.2 million acres-- is home to Eastern Shoshone and the Northern Arapaho tribes.
  • Wyoming is the 2nd least densely populated state in the country.
  • The state is the largest producer of coal in the nation.
  • Devils Towers was named the first National Monument in the United States.
  • Yellowstone Park was made the first national park in the country back in 1872.

Wyoming Population Density by County

Laramie County

  • Population97,121
  • Density36.16 per sq km
  • Growth Since 20105.26%
  • State Rank1
  • % of State16.57%

Wyoming Population Growth Rate by County

From the time of the last US Census in 2010 to the time that estimates were taken in 2015 by the Census Bureau, the majority of counties in Wyoming experienced increases in their population. Natrona County recorded the highest population gain during this 5-year period, with 8.89% growth, followed closely behind by Teton County with 8.58% growth. Some other counties exhibited lower rates of growth, including Campbell, Laramie, and Lincoln, just to name a few.

A total of six countines in Wyoming recorded declining populations between 2010 and 2015. The highest loss came in Sublette County, with over 3% decrease, followed by Washakie with over 2% decline. Other counties that saw a less significant drop in population counts include Carbon, Goshen, Hot Springs, and Uinta.

Population Pyramid

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Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White543,29292.7%
Black or African American8,2861.41%
American Indian and Alaska Native15,7572.69%
Asian6,0721.04%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander6760.12%
Two or More Races12,0242.05%

From the time of the last US Census in 2010 to the time that estimates were taken in 2015 by the Census Bureau, the majority of counties in Wyoming experienced increases in their population. Natrona County recorded the highest population gain during this 5-year period, with 8.89% growth, followed closely behind by Teton County with 8.58% growth. Some other counties exhibited lower rates of growth, including Campbell, Laramie, and Lincoln, just to name a few.

A total of six countines in Wyoming recorded declining populations between 2010 and 2015. The highest loss came in Sublette County, with over 3% decrease, followed by Washakie with over 2% decline. Other counties that saw a less significant drop in population counts include Carbon, Goshen, Hot Springs, and Uinta.

Languages Spoken in Wyoming

Language Population Percentage
Population 5 years and over530,725100
English498,28593.89
Spanish25,5304.81
German1,6350.31
French1,0000.19
Arapaho7950.15
Portuguese5050.1
Chinese4200.08
Shoshoni4150.08
Mandarin2800.05

This chart shows the top 10 non-English languages that are spoken at home in Wyoming. The data comes from the most recent release of the American Community Survey (ACS).

Wyoming Economy

Indicator Value
HighSchoolGraduate92.3
BachelorsDegree25.1
Disabled8.5
NoHealthInsurance13.7
LaborForceTotal67.9
LaborForceFemale62.7
FoodServiceSales1,644,844
HealthCareRevenue3,291,478
ManufacturerShipments10,783,794
MerchantWholesalesSales5,597,891
RetailSales9,446,043
RetailSalesPerCapita16,388
MeanWorkTravelTime18.3
MedianHouseholdIncome58,252
PerCapitaIncome29,381
PovertyPercentage11.2

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Wyoming for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 3.3% and the labor force participation rate is 68.2%.

Wyoming Business

Indicator Value
NonemployerEstablishments47,576
AllFirms62,427
MenOwnedFirms30,039
WomenOwnedFirms19,344
MinorityOwnedFirms4,077
NonminorityOwnedFirms55,397
VeteranOwnedFirms6,470
NonveteranOwn51,353

Wyoming Housing

Indicator Value
HousingUnits269,448
HousingUnits261,868
OwnerOccupiedRate69.3
OwnerOccupiedMedianValue189,300
MonthlyOwnerCostsMortage1,357
MonthlyOwnerCostsNoMortage382
MedianGrossRent778
BuildingPermits1,903
Households225,514
PersonsPerHousehold2.49
SameHouseOneYearAgo81.6
NonEnglishAtHome6.9
Data Sources
  1. Census State Population Estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program - released 6/23/2016
  2. Census County Population Estimates - Most recent county estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program - released 6/23/2016
  3. American Community Survey (2009 - 2013)
  4. Census QuickFacts