Wyoming Population 2020

567,025

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. It's currently enjoying a healthy growth rate of 1.13%, which ranks 15th among all 50 states.

Wyoming Area and Population Density

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).

The most populated counties in the state of Wyoming are Laramie county and Natrona county with respective populations of 98,327 and 79,547.

Wyoming Gender and Religion Statistics

The median age of the population residing in Wyoming is approximately 36.8 years of age. The ratio of females to males is currently at 48.9% females and 51.1% males.

In terms of favored religions among the population of Wyoming, Christian based faith affiliations are at 71%, while non-Christian faith affiliations are at 3%, leaving 26% without any particular religious affiliations.

Wyoming Boundary, Census, and Statehood History

Although most of Wyoming was acquired as early as the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, an organized government began with the establishment of Oregon, Nebraska, and Utah Territories (1848-54). Later the area was included in Idaho, Dakota, and Utah Territories until Wyoming Territory was established in 1868 with the present State boundaries. Wyoming was admitted as a State on July 10, 1890.

In 1850 and 1860 present-day Wyoming had only limited census coverage, as part of Utah and Nebraska Territories. In 1870 census coverage included the whole of Wyoming Territory.

Wyoming Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Wyoming was:

  • White: 91.44%
  • Two or more races: 2.68%
  • Native American: 2.42%
  • Other race: 1.61%
  • Black or African American: 0.95%
  • Asian: 0.82%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.09%

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 Growth

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.

Wyoming Population Projections

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

Wyoming is one of ten states that has a non-Hispanic white population that is over 90%. The state has one of the lowest populations of African American residents in the nation, ranking 42nd out of 50 states. It also has the 4th lowest percentage of Asian residents. Whether these numbers will change in the future is unknown, although 2011 data showed that almost one-quarter of children under the age of 1 born in Wyoming were classified as minorities.

When it comes to the population of Native Americans, the numbers increase a bit more, with US census Bureau data showing that the state of Wyoming ranks as 38th out of 50 in terms of the number of Native American inhabitants.

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%).

Wyoming Growth Rate

Wyoming Population Rank

Wyoming Population 2020

Laramie County

  • Population98,976
  • Density36.85 per sq km
  • Growth Since 20107.31%
  • State Population Rank1
  • % of State17.13%

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 counties 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 by Race

Race Population Percentage
White532,00891.44%
Two or More Races15,5792.68%
American Indian and Alaska Native14,0532.42%
Some Other Race9,3611.61%
Black or African American5,5400.95%
Asian4,7560.82%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander5390.09%

Wyoming Population Pyramid 2020

Wyoming Median Age

37.3


Total

36.5


Male

38.2


Female

Wyoming Adults

There are 444,117 adults, (87,777 of whom are seniors) in Wyoming.

Wyoming Age Dependency

63.3

Age Dependency Ratio

24.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Wyoming Sex Ratio

Female

284,857

48.96%

Male

296,979

51.04%

Wyoming Households and Families

Wyoming Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Wyoming Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married83.7%16.3%
All69.4%30.6%
Male61.3%38.7%
Female54%46%
Non Family53.4%46.6%

69.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All230,6302.4669.4
Married118,9043.0883.7
Non Family81,9381.2853.4
Female18,7843.2354
Male11,0043.2661.3

3.03

Average Family Size

2.46

Average Household Size

6.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Wyoming Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7,4021.90%
9th to 12th Grade20,2425.20%
High School Graduate111,89928.74%
Some College102,23626.26%
Associates Degree42,83511.00%
Bachelors Degree67,69717.39%
Graduate Degree36,9809.50%

Wyoming Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White339,903321,92896,718
Hispanic30,42222,4933,604
Native American7,8936,869832
Multiple Races6,9396,3551,390
Other Race5,3923,823522
Black3,1852,933751
Asian3,1632,9061,590
Islander19716212

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.71%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 50.27%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$40,120$50,374$30,146
Less Than High School$27,033$33,545$15,999
High School Grad$32,417$44,567$22,444
Some College$36,795$50,042$27,623
Bachelors Degree$48,396$54,930$42,089
Graduate Degree$62,747$70,898$56,662

$40,120

Average Earnings

$50,374

Average Male

$30,146

Average Female

Wyoming Language

Wyoming Language by Age

Wyoming Language

92.71% of Wyoming residents speak only English, while 7.29% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.06% of the population.

Wyoming Poverty

Wyoming Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White478,90546,0009.61%
Hispanic55,30811,69821.15%
Native13,3083,23424.30%
Other9,0012,11523.50%
Multiple15,2322,03613.37%
Asian4,58685018.53%
Black5,07463012.42%
Islander505244.75%

11.15%

Overall Poverty Rate

9.74%

Male Poverty Rate

12.60%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Wyoming

The race most likely to be in poverty in Wyoming is Native, with 24.30% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Wyoming is Islander, with 4.75% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.02%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.53%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 18.01%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School21.52%
High School10.72%
Some College8.16%
Bachelors or Greater3.75%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed32.77%
Male Unemployed24.72%
Female Employed8.26%
Male Employed5.58%

Wyoming Income

Wyoming Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$62,268$79,257
Families$77,480$92,743
Married Families$86,789$102,642
Non Families$35,713$51,485

Wyoming Marital Status

Wyoming Marital Status

Marriage Rates

53.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

53.4%

Male Marriage Rate

54.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Wyoming Married by Age and Sex

Wyoming Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Wyoming Marital Status by Race

Wyoming Veterans

45,389

Number of Veterans

41,873

Male Veterans

3,516

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam17,309
Second Gulf War9,543
First Gulf War9,419
Korea3,200
World War II1,346
Age Group Veterans
65 to 7412,343
35 to 5411,334
55 to 648,755
75+8,412
18 to 344,545
Name Veterans % of Total
White42,91310.50%
Hispanic2,1185.76%
2 or More8159.24%
Black71218.28%
Indian5796.18%
Other3335.16%
Asian360.98%
Hawaiian10.20%

$Wyoming Veterans by Education

6.33%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.58%

Veteran Disability Rate

Wyoming Employment Status

67%

Labor Force Participation

63.4%

Employment Rate

4.5%

Unemployment Rate

Wyoming Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

42.09%

Born in Wyoming

96.52%

Native Born

3.48%

Foreign Born

2.16%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

96.52% of Wyoming residents were born in the United States, with 42.09% having been born in Wyoming. 2.16% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.