Wyoming population growing steadily
Sublette County has the highest growth rate in the state
by University of Wyoming
September 6, 2007
Wyoming's population grew by about 3 percent from 2000-05, with Sublette and Campbell counties leading the way, according to a new publication available from the University of Wyoming's Cooperative Extension Service (UW CES).
The slow but steady growth in population is unique to Wyoming during the past 37 years. The Cowboy State saw a 50 percent increase in population from 1970-83, then a decline of more than 10 percent from 1983-90, according to the publication. Then the population grew by more than 8 percent from 1990-2000.
Sublette County, which includes Big Piney and Pinedale, had the highest growth rate in the state at 17 percent, comparable to the fastest-growing states in the nation and behind only Nevada's 20.8 percent growth during the five-year period.
Campbell County, like Sublette County is experiencing an energy boom, and grew at a rate of 11 percent. The UW publication examines population change by city and town, county and rural and urban areas.
"Population Change in Wyoming: 2000-2005," B-1179, is available for free download at http://ces.uwyo.edu/economic.htm under Economic Development. It is a collaboration of the UW College of Agriculture Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, the William D. Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center and the UW CES.
For more information, contact David "Tex" Taylor, professor and community development specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, at (307) 766-5682 or email@example.com.