Sweetwater County, WY

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Population

44,527

0.636% decline

Median Age

34


Median Household Income

$71,083

4.18% growth

Poverty Rate

12%


Number of Employees

22,739

1.38% decline

Median Property Value

$201,000

5.4% growth

About

In 2017, Sweetwater County, WY had a population of 44.5k people with a median age of 34 and a median household income of $71,083. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Sweetwater County, WY declined from 44,812 to 44,527, a -0.636% decrease and its median household income grew from $68,233 to $71,083, a 4.18% increase.

The population of Sweetwater County, WY is 79.6% White Alone, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.94% Two or More Races. 11% of the people in Sweetwater County, WY speak a non-English language, and 96.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Sweetwater County, WY are Western Wyoming Community College (494 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Sweetwater County, WY is $201,000, and the homeownership rate is 73.8%. Most people in Sweetwater County, WY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Sweetwater County, WY is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Sweetwater County, WY employs 22.7k people. The largest industries in Sweetwater County, WY are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (4,011 people), Educational Services (2,512 people), and Retail Trade (2,207 people), and the highest paying industries are Manufacturing ($96,195), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($80,723), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($79,308).

Median household income in Sweetwater County, WY is $71,083. Males in Sweetwater County, WY have an average income that is 1.49 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,789. The income inequality in Sweetwater County, WY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.44, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$71,083

2017 value

± $4,336

4.18%

1 Year Growth

± 7.57%

Households in Sweetwater County, WY have a median annual income of $71,083, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $68,233 in 2016, which represents a 4.18% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,351

Average Male Salary

± $3,660

$41,789

Average Female Salary

± $2,576

In 2017, full-time male employees in Sweetwater County, WY made 1.49 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Sweetwater County, WY by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $47,441 ± $2,313

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $46,258 ± $27,938

  3. Asian

    $43,395 ± $26,059

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Sweetwater County, WY workers was White. These workers were paid 1.03 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Sweetwater County, WY is from Wyoming.

0.44

2017 Wage GINI

0.442

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Wyoming was 0.44 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.416% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Wyoming was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Wyoming in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9706.02

  2. Census Tract 9709.02

  3. Census Tract 9716

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Sweetwater County, WY was Census Tract 9706.02 with a value of $95,779, followed by Census Tract 9709.02 and Census Tract 9716, with respective values of $82,401 and $81,071.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Sweetwater County, WY colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Sweetwater County, WY (5.27k out of 43.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    4,719 ± 512

  2. Hispanic

    1,472 ± 296

  3. Native American

    257 ± 173

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Sweetwater County, WY is White, followed by Hispanic and Native American.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

22.7k

2017 Value

± 1,012

-1.38%

1 Year decline

± 6.4%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Sweetwater County, WY declined at a rate of -1.38%, from 23.1k employees to 22.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Sweetwater County, WY, are Construction & Extraction Occupations (2,778 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,692 people), and Management Occupations (1,902 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Sweetwater County, WY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Sweetwater County, WY, by number of employees, are Construction & Extraction Occupations (2,778 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,692 people), and Management Occupations (1,902 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Sweetwater County, WY has an unusually high number of residents working as Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (2.62 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (2.45 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.51 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Sweetwater County, WY, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($100,865), Production Occupations ($76,621), and Management Occupations ($71,983).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

22.7k

2017 Value

± 1,012

-1.38%

1 Year decline

± 6.4%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Sweetwater County, WY declined at a rate of -1.38%, from 23.1k employees to 22.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Sweetwater County, WY, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (4,011 people), Educational Services (2,512 people), and Retail Trade (2,207 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Sweetwater County, WY, though some of these residents may live in Sweetwater County, WY and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Sweetwater County, WY, by number of employees, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (4,011 people), Educational Services (2,512 people), and Retail Trade (2,207 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Sweetwater County, WY has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (32.6 times higher than expected), Utilities (3.59 times), and Transportation & Warehousing (1.3 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Sweetwater County, WY, by median earnings, are Manufacturing ($96,195), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($80,723), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($79,308).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Wyoming to other states, or from other states to Wyoming.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $24.2B

  2. $7.35B

  3. $5.14B

In 2015, the top outbound Wyoming product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $24.2B, followed by Crude petroleum with $7.35B and Fuel oils and $5.14B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Wyoming products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$59.3B

2015 Value

$79.1B

Projected 2045 Value

33.3% growth

In 2015, total outbound Wyoming trade was $59.3B. This is expected to increase 33.3% to $79.1B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Wyoming trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Wyoming to other states, or from other states to Wyoming.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $9.62B

  2. $6.9B

  3. $3.97B

In 2015, the top outbound Wyoming domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Utah with $9.62B, followed by Colorado with $6.9B and Nebraska and $3.97B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Wyoming shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

87.6% of the population of Sweetwater County, WY has health coverage, with 61.8% on employee plans, 8.54% on Medicaid, 6.64% on Medicare, 10% on non-group plans, and 0.678% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Sweetwater County, WY was $8,320 in 2014. This is a 4.51% increase from the previous year ($7,961).

Primary care physicians in Sweetwater County, WY see 2975 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.866% decrease from the previous year (3001 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2103 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 437 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Big Horn County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (11.9%). Additionally, Campbell County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (34.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2975 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Sweetwater County, WY see an average of 2975 patients per year. This represents a 0.866% decrease from the previous year (3001 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Sweetwater County, WY in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,320

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,957

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,698

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,050

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Wyoming (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.51%, from $7,961 to $8,320.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

12.4%

Uninsured

61.8%

Employer Coverage

8.54%

Medicaid

6.64%

Medicare

10%

Non-Group

0.678%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Sweetwater County, WY declined by 6.05% from 13.2% to 12.4%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Sweetwater County, WY changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 11.9% prevalence

  2. 11.7% prevalence

  3. 11.5% prevalence

Big Horn County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Wyoming, at 11.9%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Wyoming by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Sweetwater County, WY is home to a population of 44.5k people, from which 96.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.95% of Sweetwater County, WY residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Sweetwater County, WY is composed of 35.5k White Alone residents (79.6%), 7.13k Hispanic or Latino residents (16%), 866 Two or More Races residents (1.94%), 344 Black or African American Alone residents (0.773%), 259 Asian Alone residents (0.582%), 254 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.57%), 205 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.46%), and 12 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0269%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Sweetwater County, WY are Spanish or Spanish Creole (3,922 speakers), Vietnamese (131 speakers), and Thai (97 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

33

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Sweetwater County, WY was 34. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 33, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Sweetwater County, WY are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Sweetwater County, WY residents was 34.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.95%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

5.51%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 4.95% of Sweetwater County, WY residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Sweetwater County, WY was 5.51%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    8,138 ± 2,199 people

  2. Canada

    1,016 ± 782 people

  3. Philippines

    1,012 ± 780 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Sweetwater County, WY was Mexico, the natal country of 8,138 Sweetwater County, WY residents, followed by Canada with 1,016 and Philippines with 1,012.

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Citizenship

96.4%

2017 Citizenship

95.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.4% of Sweetwater County, WY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Sweetwater County, WY was 95.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    35.5k ± 19

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    7.13k ± 505

  3. Two or More Races

    866 ± 188

In 2017, there were 4.98 times more White Alone residents (35.5k people) in Sweetwater County, WY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.13k Hispanic or Latino and 866 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Sweetwater County, WY as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    3,922 speakers (9.47%)

  2. Vietnamese

    131 speakers (0.316%)

  3. Thai

    97 speakers (0.234%)

11% of Sweetwater County, WY citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Sweetwater County, WY was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 9.47% of the overall population of Sweetwater County, WY are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.316% speak Vietnamese and 0.234% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,177 ± 168

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    422 ± 153

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    413 ± 134

Sweetwater County, WY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.79 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Sweetwater County, WY awarded 494 degrees. The student population of Sweetwater County, WY is skewed towards women, with 1,623 male students and 1,839 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Sweetwater County, WY are White (390 and 78.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (70 and 14.2%), Black or African American (16 and 3.24%), and Asian (10 and 2.02%).

The largest universities in Sweetwater County, WY by number of degrees awarded are Western Wyoming Community College (494 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Sweetwater County, WY are General Studies (86 and 17.4%), General Electrical Equipment Installation & Repair (35 and 7.09%), and Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (28 and 5.67%).

The median tuition costs in Sweetwater County, WY are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 86 degrees awarded

  2. 24 degrees awarded

  3. 20 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Sweetwater County, WY was General Studies with 86 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Sweetwater County, WY according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

494 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Sweetwater County, WY institution with the largest number of graduating students was Western Wyoming Community College with 494 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

208

Degrees Awarded to Men

286

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 208 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Sweetwater County, WY, which is 0.727 times less than the 286 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    390 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    70 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    16 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Sweetwater County, WY were to White students. These 390 degrees mean that there were 5.57 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 70 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Sweetwater County, WY was $201,000 in 2017, which is 0.924 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $190,700 to $201,000, a 5.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Sweetwater County, WY is 73.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Sweetwater County, WY have an average commute time of 20.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Sweetwater County, WY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$71,083

Median Household Income

± $4,336

16.3k

Number of Households

± 865

In 2017, the median household income of the 16.3k households in Sweetwater County, WY grew to $71,083 from the previous year's value of $68,233.

The following chart displays the households in Sweetwater County, WY distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$201,000

2017 Median

± $7,063

$190,700

2016 Median

± $7,513

In 2017, the median property value in Sweetwater County, WY grew to to $201,000 from the previous year's value of $190,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Sweetwater County, WY compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Sweetwater County, WY the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Sweetwater County, WY distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Sweetwater County, WY the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

73.8%

2017 Homeownership

72.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 73.8% of the housing units in Sweetwater County, WY were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 72.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Sweetwater County, WY compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Sweetwater County, WY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Sweetwater County, WY have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

20.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Sweetwater County, WY have a shorter commute time (20.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.65% of the workforce in Sweetwater County, WY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    77.5%

  2. Carpooled

    14.4%

  3. Walked

    2.83%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Sweetwater County, WY was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Walked.

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