Wyoming Population 2013
The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Wyoming in 2013 was 576,412, which is ranked the smallest population in the United States. This estimate shows a 2.3% increase since the last census in 2010, also conducted by the United States Census Bureau. The population density of the state is 5.85 people per square mile, ranked the 49th largest density in the United States.
Wyoming Population Projections
By the year 2015, the population of Wyoming is expected to reach about 595,000 people, which is an approximate 3.3% increase from the current population. By the year 2020, the population of Wyoming is expected to reach 622,000 people, which is an approximate 8% increase from the current population. By the year 2025, the population of Wyoming is expected to reach 644,000 people, which is an approximate 11.8% increase from the current population. By the year 2030, the population of Wyoming is expected to reach 668,000 people, which is an approximate 16.4% increase from the current population.
Wyoming Land Mass
The state of Wyoming is approximately 360 miles long and 280 miles wide with a square area of 97,818 square miles, making it the 10th largest state in the country. Of the 97,818 square miles, only 714 square miles are covered by water. The highest point in the state of Wyoming is Gannett Peak in the Wind River Range, which is 13,804 feet above sea level. The lowest point in the state is at the Belle Fourche River, which reaches 3,099 feet above sea level. The geographic center of Wyoming is located in Fremont County, 58 miles east northeast of Lander. Wyoming is bordered by six states: Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, Idaho, and Nebraska.
Wyoming can be broken up into three distinct geographic land areas: the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and the Intermontane Basins. The Great Plains makes up the eastern portion of the state with prairies and the Black Hills. The Devils Tower National Monument is in this portion of the state. The Rocky Mountains portion of the state makes up the majority of the state, with countless numbers of mountain ranges. One of the most known ranges, the Teton Mountains, is in this part of the state. Also, the highest point of Wyoming is in the Rocky Mountain portion. Lastly, the Intermontane Basins are the flat areas that lie between the mountains in the Rocky Mountain region. It is normally a dry and flat area that receives very little rainfall.
Of the approximate 0.576 million people in the state of Wyoming, about 48.9% of the population is female, while 51.1% is male. Also, approximately 93% of the population identifies as white (including Hispanic or Latino). But, out of that 93%, only about 9% do identify as Hispanic or Latino and the other 84% as Caucasian. Those that identify as Black or African American make up only 2% of the entire population of the state of Wyoming. The rest of the population is made up of those that identify as Asian, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Hawaiian, other Pacific Islanders, or those that identify as two or more races. These other races make up about 5% of the Wyoming population.
Living In Wyoming
The population of Wyoming identifies as religious at a slightly lower rate than the national average. About 40% of the state population identifies as religious, compared to the national average of 49%. Out of the 40%, about 11% identify as members of the Catholic Church and another 11% identify as member of the Church of Latter Day Saints, otherwise known as Mormonism, making these two denominations be tied for the largest denominations in the state of Wyoming. All the other Christian denominations make up about 18.8% of the population. Those who identify as Jewish, Islamic, or Eastern religions only make up 0.2% of the population.
The unemployment rate in the state of Wyoming is approximately 4.9% compared to the national unemployment rate of 7.9%. Coal and natural gas play a large part in the economy of the state of Wyoming. Tourism to the many national parks in the state has been steadily increasing over the past few years. Also, the price index for agricultural products has recently shown a slight increase. Lastly, the personal income and earnings of the population of Wyoming grew about 2.7% compared to the national growth of about 2.8%.