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Cheyenne, Wyoming

The capital city of Wyoming is Cheyenne (in the above picture). This state is the 9th largest (97,093 square miles) and the 51st most populous among the 50 United States and capital district. American Indian or Alaska Native is the second largest race after White in this state. Majority of occupations in Wyoming is management and professional (29.80%), followed by sales and office (24.10%).

State Stats and Facts

  1. Wyoming is also known as the Equality State, Cowboy State and Park State
  2. Wyoming has one of the lowest number of native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander (0.10% whereas country median 0.20%)
  3. Wyoming has one of the lowest number of households (221,479 while country average 115,226,802)
  4. Wyoming has one of the highest number of high school graduate (92.10% compared to USA median 85.70%)
  5. Wyoming has one of the lowest state minimum wage

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Total population compared to the USA
Population distribution by race or ethnicity
Female vs male population
Education, home ownership and poverty rate
Land area, population density and life expectancy
Unemployment rate and occupation types
Business ownerships
Production and sales per business sector

Population Charts

Data from 2013 shows Wyoming population was 582,658 which ranks the 51st among the 50 states and capital district in the US. The most populous city in Wyoming is Cheyenne. In this part, you’ll learn various state profiles on population by race, age and gender.


Total population compared to the USA

From April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013, net population change is 3.40%. This is higher than national average, which is 2.40%. Wyoming population represents only 0.18% of the entire population in the USA as depicted in the following chart.

Wyoming total population compared to the USA

Population distribution by race or age

Census 2013 shows the following five races or ethnicities representing population in Wyoming (sortedin descending order):

  • White ancestry 92.70%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native 2.60%
  • Others (two or more races) 1.90%
  • Black or African American 1.70%
  • Asian ethnicity 0.90%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.10%

The following chart compares Wyoming population distribution to national average:

Comparison of Wyoming population distribution by rate or ethnicity to USA average

According to Census QuickFacts 2013, 6.60% of Wyoming population are under 5 years old, 23.60% are under 18 years and 13.50% are 65 years or older. Furthermore 6.80% of Wyoming population (over the age of 5) speak language other than English at home, which is lower than the US average of 20.50%.

Female vs male population

Female population in 2013 is 49.00% which is slightly less than male population. Wyoming female population number ranks the 49th nation-wide. USA’s average female population is 50.80% whereas male population average is 49.20%.  The following chart shows comparison of female and male population between Wyoming and the USA.

Female and male population in Wyoming vs USA average

Demographics Charts

In this section, you’ll find a collection of statistical profiles on education, property ownerships, poverty, land area, population density and life expectancy.  For analysis purposes, each state data is compared to national average.  Data is sourced from last census.

Education, home ownership and poverty rate

In the chart below, you’ll find:

  • Rate of high school graduates is 92.10% which is higher than national median of 85.70%
  • Rate of bachelor’s degree is 24.30%, this is lower than US average of 28.50%
  • Home ownership rate is 70.30% which is higher than national average of 65.50%
  • People who live below poverty rate is 11.00% which is lower than national median of 14.90%

Data is obtained from Census 2008-2012.

Comparison of Wyoming Education, Home Ownership and Poverty to USA average

Land area, population density and life expectancy

Featured on the table below is:

  • Land area is 2.75% of total land area
  • Wyoming has less population density than the USA average (5.8 people per square mile vs 87.4)
  • Life expectancy in Wyoming is lower by .52 years than national average

Data is based on Census 2010.

Wyoming land area, population density & life expectancy
Demographic Attribute Wyoming USA
Land area (square miles) 97,093.14 3,531,905.43
Population density (people per square mile) 5.8 87.4
Life expectancy (years) 78.3 78.9

Unemployment rate and occupation types

Wyoming unemployment rate (May 2013 to June 2014) is 4.70% (lower than national average). Minimum wage in Wyoming is $5.15 per hour, which ranks the 46th highest among the states.  The table and chart below show various occupation types based on data obtained from 2010.

Occupation types in Wyoming based on Census 2010
Occupation Wyoming USA
Management or professional-related job 29.80% 34.90%
Service-related job 16.00% 17.10%
Sales and office job 24.10% 25.50%
Farming, fishing, and forestry 1.70% 0.70%
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair 15.50% 9.30%
Production, transportation and material moving 13.00% 12.50%
Comparison of Wyoming Occupation Types to USA Average

In terms of travel time to work, workers in Wyoming usually took less time than US average. Data from American Community Survey shows travel time in Wyoming was 18.5 minutes on average, whereas national average was 25.4 minutes. Average travel time is obtained by calculating time required to get from home to work each day during the week.

Business ownerships

Latest census business data shows:

  • Black-owned firms 0.20%, lower than national average of 7.10%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms 0.80%, lower than national median of 0.90%
  • Asian-owned firms 0.70%, lower than US average of 5.70%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms 0.00%, lower than the country’s average of 0.10%
  • Hispanic-owned firms 2.80%, lower than national average of 8.30%
  • Women-owned firms 25.50%, lower than US median of 28.80%

For comparison purpose, the following chart includes data from US average.

Comparison of Business Ownership Percentage to USA Average

Production and sales

The following table and chart show manufacturers production shipments and sales figures per business sector. These highlight which specific business area Wyoming is strong at.

Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures
Description Wyoming USA
Manufacturers shipments ($1000) 8,834,810 5,319,456,312
Merchant wholesaler sales ($1000) 6,352,890 4,174,286,516
Retail sales ($1000) 8,957,553 3,917,663,456
Accommodation and food services ($1000) 1,469,008 613,795,732
Wyoming Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures

Retail spending per person is $17,114.00, which is higher than US median of $12,990.00. In 2012, number of building permits issued in Wyoming was 2,110.

Interesting Facts and Statistics (continued)

  1. Wyoming has one of the lowest number of firms (61,179 while USA median 27,092,908)
  2. Wyoming has one of the lowest number of Black-owned firms (0.20% whilst national median 7.10%)
  3. Wyoming has one of the highest retail sales per person (17,114 compared to USA average 12,990)
  4. Wyoming has one of the lowest total value of manufacturers shipments, in $1000 ($8,834,810.00 whilst USA median $5,319,456,312.00)
  5. Wyoming has one of the lowest number of management and professional-related occupations (29.80% compared to USA average 34.90%)
  6. Wyoming has one of the lowest robbery rates (11 vs. country average 113)
  7. Wyoming has one of the lowest annual costs of Private 4-Year College ( while USA average $32,616.64)
  8. Wyoming has one of the lowest number of housing units (265,438 vs. national average 132,802,859)
  9. Wyoming has one of the lowest annual costs of Public 4-Year College ($11,466.91 vs. national median $15,918.01)
  10. Wyoming has one of the lowest number of building permits (2,110 whilst USA median 829,658)
  11. Wyoming has one of the highest carbon dioxide emissions, in metric tons per capita
  12. Wyoming has one of the highest number of construction, extraction, maintenance and repair occupations (15.50% while national average 9.30%)
  13. Wyoming has one of the lowest number of Asian ethnicity (0.90% compared to country average 5.30%)
  14. Wyoming has one of the lowest number of veterans (51,203 while country median 21,853,912)
  15. Wyoming has one of the lowest sales of accommodation and food services, in $1000 ($1,469,008.00 vs. country average $613,795,732.00)
  16. Wyoming has one of the lowest population among the US states and capital district (582,658 vs. USA average 316,128,839)
  17. Wyoming has one of the lowest burglary rates (369 while country average 670)
  18. Wyoming has one of the highest number of suicide, per 100K (22 whereas national average 12)
  19. Wyoming has one of the lowest population density, in people per sqm (6 whereas country median 87)
  20. Wyoming has one of the lowest retail sales, in $1000 ($8,957,553.00 compared to USA average $3,917,663,456.00)
  21. Wyoming has one of the lowest number of Hawaiian and Pacific Islander-owned firms (0.00% whilst USA median 0.10%)
  22. Wyoming has one of the lowest number of Asian-owned firms (0.70% whilst USA median 5.70%)
  23. Wyoming has one of the lowest number of homeless people (0.09% compared to USA average 0.21%)
  24. Wyoming has one of the lowest number of female population (49.00% vs. national average 50.80%)

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