Pinedale grew 12.4% last year, Census says
Pinedale 1st in the State, Marbleton 3rd
by Jeffrey Jacquet, Sublette Community Partnership
July 14, 2008
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released its population estimates for Wyoming cities and towns and Pinedale again led the state with a 12.4% rate of growth between July of 2006 and July of 2007. Pinedale now has an estimated population of 2,043 as of July 2007, according to the Census Bureau, up from 1,818 in July of 2006.
The Census estimates typically do not count temporary or transient residents that may be residing in motels, campgrounds, RV, Man Camps, or other types of non-traditional housing. However, the estimates are useful for looking at changes in more permanent populations.
Marbleton is estimated to have grown 8% during the last year, Big Piney 5.1%, and the non-incorporated areas of Sublette County 8.9%. The Census Bureau's Wyoming County estimates released earlier this year showed the county and the towns as a whole with a combined 9.4% increase, one of the highest in the country.
Despite the high rate of growth in Pinedale, about 67% of Sublette County residents still reside in the non-incorporated areas of the county, 60% of new residents since 2000 have moved to these non-incorporated areas.
The rural areas of Sublette County are growing in population much faster than other counties in the State, the non-incorporated areas of Lincoln County grew 3.6%, the second highest rate.
Sublette County and its towns have been growing rapidly for the past 6 years, however the county has grown much faster between 2006 and 2007, according to the Census Bureau. Pinedale had the highest rate of growth in the state, while the Casper suburb Bar Nunn came second with a 11% rate of growth, and Marbleton came in third. Gillette had a 6% rate of growth, and Labarge grew by 5.4%.