Cheyenne is a city located in Laramie County, Wyoming. With a 2020 population of 64,165, it is the largest city in Wyoming and the 597th largest city in the United States. Cheyenne is currently growing at a rate of 0.16% annually and its population has increased by 7.90% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 59,466 in 2010. Spanning over 32 miles, Cheyenne has a population density of 1,997 people per square mile.
The average household income in Cheyenne is $77,984 with a poverty rate of 10.74%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $898 per month, and the median house value is $200,200. The median age in Cheyenne is 35.5 years, 33.9 years for males, and 37 years for females. For every 100 females there are 102.2 males.
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.
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.