Wyoming Population 2016

587,910

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
2020 595,122 0.30%
2019 593,319 0.30%
2018 591,516 0.31%
2017 589,713 0.31%
2016 587,910 0.31%
2015 586,107 0.31%
2014 584,304 0.20%
2013 583,131 1.05%
2012 577,080 1.64%
2011 567,768 0.73%
2010 563,626 1.33%
2000 493,782 0.85%
1990 453,588 -0.35%
1980 469,557 3.51%
1970 332,416 0.07%
1960 330,066 1.28%
1950 290,529 1.48%
1940 250,742 1.06%
1930 225,565 1.50%
1920 194,402 2.91%
1910 145,965 4.66%
1900 92,531 4.31%
1890 60,705 11.31%
1880 20,789 8.59%
1870 9,118 0.00%

Wyoming Facts

Wyoming Population in 2016 Source: 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 Pyramid

Wyoming Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White 529,110 93.88%
Black or African American 5,135 0.91%
American Indian and Alaska Native 14,457 2.56%
Asian 4,649 0.82%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 521 0.09%
Two or more races 9,754 1.73%

According to census data from 2000, Wyoming's largest ancestry groups include: German (26%), English (16%), Irish (13.3%), American (6.5%), Norwegian (4.3%) and Swedish (3.5%).

Languages Spoken in Wyoming

Language Population Percentage
Population 5 years and over 530,725 100.00%
English 498,285 93.89%
Spanish 25,530 4.81%
German 1,635 0.31%
French 1,000 0.19%
Arapaho 795 0.15%
Portuguese 505 0.10%
Chinese 420 0.08%
Shoshoni 415 0.08%
Mandarin 280 0.05%

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 County Populations

County Population Rank
Laramie County 97,121 1
Natrona County 82,178 2
Campbell County 49,220 3
Sweetwater County 44,626 4
Fremont County 40,315 5
Albany County 37,956 6
Sheridan County 30,009 7
Park County 29,228 8
Teton County 23,125 9
Uinta County 20,822 10
Lincoln County 18,722 11
Carbon County 15,559 12
Converse County 14,236 13
Goshen County 13,383 14
Big Horn County 12,022 15
Sublette County 9,899 16
Platte County 8,812 17
Johnson County 8,585 18
Washakie County 8,328 19
Crook County 7,444 20
Weston County 7,234 21
Hot Springs County 4,741 22
Niobrara County 2,542 23