Cheyenne is a city located in the state of Wyoming. It serves as the state capital and is the county seat for Laramie County. With an estimated population of 64,019 people, Cheyenne is the most populous city in Wyoming.
In 1867, the region that is now the city of Cheyenne was selected by Union Pacific Railroad to serve as its regional headquarters. At the time, the area was known as Crow Creek Crossing. The railroad went into operation later that year. The following year, a city charter was granted by the legislature of the Dakota Territory.
By the end of the 1860s, the city’s population had grown to over 2,000 people. The Wyoming Tribune went into publication, and the Eagle Hotel opened up for business. The city saw significant growth with the arrival of the 1870s, including the construction of City Hall and the Court House. By the end of the decade, the population had grown to over 3,000.
The remainder of the 19th century saw continued growth with the construction of Cheyenne Depot, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and an opera house. In 1890, Cheyenne was named as the capital of the state, and by the end of the century, the population had increased to over 14,000, and Cheyenne was nicknamed as “Magic City of the Plains” due to its rapid growth.
The 20th century saw continued growth with the Cheyenne Airport, the construction of a new governor’s mansion, and the addition of malls, museums, restaurants, and other attractions.
Population Size and Density in Cheyenne
Cheyenne has a population of over 64,000 people. The city has a total area of over 24 square miles with a population density of over 2,425 people per square mile.
Cheyenne Age and Gender Statistics
People aged 25 to 44 make up the largest age group, accounting for nearly 27% of the total population. About 24% of the population is under age 18, while 13.5% are at least 65 years old.
There are more males than females, with women accounting for 50.7% of the total population. About 8.8% of the population lives below the federal poverty line.
Cheyenne Population Growth
Cheyenne has seen significant population growth since it was founded. By the 20th century, the population totaled more than 14,000. This number had more than doubled halfway through the 20th century. The 1970 census showed a slight drop in population, but it immediately rebounded at the next census in 1980. Current estimates indicate that the population has risen over 7% since the last census in 2010, showing that this growing city shows no signs of slowing down in terms of population growth.
Cheyenne, Wyoming's estimated population is 63,957 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Cheyenne, Wyoming is the 1st largest city in Wyoming based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.
The population density is 2255.93 people/mi² (871.01 people/km²).
The overall median age is 35.7 years, 34.2 years for males, and 37 years for females. For every 100 females there are 99.8 males.
Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 29,144 households in the city, with an average size of 2.36 people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.9%, with a median rent of $873/month. The median house has 6.1 rooms, and has a value of $193,200.
The median income for households in Cheyenne, Wyoming is $60,878, while the mean household income is $74,982.