Wyoming

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Population

577,737

0.272% decline

Poverty Rate

11.1%


Median Age

38.5


Median Household Income

$61,584

1.9% growth

Number of Employees

280,411

3.82% growth

Median Property Value

$230,500

7.56% growth

About

In 2018, Wyoming had a population of 578k people with a median age of 38.5 and a median household income of $61,584. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Wyoming declined from 579,315 to 577,737, a -0.272% decrease and its median household income grew from $60,434 to $61,584, a 1.9% increase.

The population of Wyoming is 84% White Alone, 10% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.47% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone. N/A% of the people in Wyoming speak a non-English language, and 98.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Wyoming are University of Wyoming (3,154 degrees awarded in 2017), Sheridan College (795 degrees), and Casper College (794 degrees).

The median property value in Wyoming is $230,500, and the homeownership rate is 70.3%. Most people in Wyoming commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 15.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Wyoming is 2 cars per household.

Wyoming borders Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Nebraska, Montana, and South Dakota.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Wyoming across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

The economy of Wyoming employs 280k people. The largest industries in Wyoming are Construction (25,333 people), Elementary & secondary schools (21,442 people), and Restaurants & Food Services (17,992 people), and the highest paying industries are Securities, commodities, funds, trusts & other financial investments ($177,241), Offices of physicians ($162,572), and Computer Systems Design ($153,808).

Median household income in Wyoming is $61,584. Males in Wyoming have an average income that is 1.5 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,078. The income inequality in Wyoming (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$61,584

2018 value

± $1,401

1.9%

1 Year Growth

± 3.63%

Households in Wyoming have a median annual income of $61,584, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $60,434 in 2017, which represents a 1.9% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$64,752

Average Male Salary

± $4,364

$43,078

Average Female Salary

± $3,233

In 2018, full-time male employees in Wyoming made 1.5 times more than female employees.

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

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Black

    $56,942 ± $20,716

  2. White

    $50,057 ± $2,884

  3. Two or More Races

    $37,165 ± $15,404

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Wyoming workers was Black. These workers were paid 1.14 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

0.466

2018 Wage GINI

0.44

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Wyoming was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 5.94% growth from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2018 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.

This chart shows the number of workers in Wyoming across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. N/A

In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Wyoming was Natrona County, WY with a value of $64,833, followed by Laramie County, WY and N/A, with respective values of $64,306 and N/A.

The following map shows all of the counties in Wyoming colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Wyoming (63.4k out of 569k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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

    53,460 ± 1,663

  2. Hispanic

    11,641 ± 890

  3. Native American

    3,330 ± 293

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Wyoming 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

280k

2018 Value

3.82%

1 Year growth

± 3.82%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Wyoming grew at a rate of 3.82%, from 270k employees to 280k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Wyoming, are Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (11,456 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (8,032 people), and Retail salespersons (7,758 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Wyoming.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Wyoming, by number of employees, are Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (11,456 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (8,032 people), and Retail salespersons (7,758 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, Wyoming has an unusually high number of residents working as Derrick, rotary drill, & service unit operators, & roustabouts, oil, gas, & mining (29.1 times higher than expected), Pumping station operators (17.1 times), and Petroleum, mining & geological engineers, including mining safety engineers (13.7 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Wyoming, by average salary, are Physicians ($245,849), Insurance sales agents ($188,438), and Chief executives & legislators ($163,670).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

280k

2018 Value

3.82%

1 Year growth

± 3.82%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Wyoming grew at a rate of 3.82%, from 270k employees to 280k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Wyoming, are Construction (25,333 people), Elementary & secondary schools (21,442 people), and Restaurants & Food Services (17,992 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Wyoming, though some of these residents may live in Wyoming 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 Wyoming, by number of employees, are Construction (25,333 people), Elementary & secondary schools (21,442 people), and Restaurants & Food Services (17,992 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, Wyoming has an unusually high number of Coal mining (47.6 times higher than expected), Support activities for mining (12.5 times), and U. S. Air Force (8.3 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Wyoming, by average salary, are Securities, commodities, funds, trusts & other financial investments ($177,241), Offices of physicians ($162,572), and Computer Systems Design ($153,808).

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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. $27.2B

  2. $7.71B

  3. $5.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Wyoming product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $27.2B, followed by Crude petroleum ($7.71B) and Fuel oils ($5.3B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

$63.9B

2020 Value

$79.1B

Projected 2045 Value

23.8% growth

In 2020, total outbound Wyoming trade was $63.9B. This is expected to increase 23.8% 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. $10.7B

  2. $7.52B

  3. $4.49B

In 2015, the top outbound Wyoming domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Utah with $10.7B, followed by Colorado with $7.52B and Nebraska and $4.49B.

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

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Health

87.7% of the population of Wyoming has health coverage, with 50.5% on employee plans, 9.54% on Medicaid, 11.8% on Medicare, 13.3% on non-group plans, and 2.62% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Wyoming see 1499 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.67% increase from the previous year (1460 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1557 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 334 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

1,499 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Wyoming see an average of 1,499 patients per year. This represents a 2.67% increase from the previous year (1,460 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Wyoming in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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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%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

$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

12.3%

Uninsured

50.5%

Employer Coverage

9.54%

Medicaid

11.8%

Medicare

13.3%

Non-Group

2.62%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Wyoming grew by 6.13% from 11.5% to 12.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Wyoming 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

Wyoming is home to a population of 578k people, from which 98.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.58% of Wyoming residents were born outside of the country (20.7k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Wyoming is composed of 485k White Alone residents (84%), 57.9k Hispanic or Latino residents (10%), 14.3k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (2.47%), 10.2k Two or More Races residents (1.76%), 5.61k Asian Alone residents (0.971%), 3.1k Black or African American Alone residents (0.537%), 1.07k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.184%), and 537 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0929%).

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.6

In 2018, the median age of all people in Wyoming was 38.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Wyoming are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Wyoming residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.58%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

20.7k people

3.54%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

20.7k people

As of 2017, 3.58% of Wyoming residents (20.7k people) 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 Wyoming was 3.54%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

The following chart shows the percentage of foreign-born residents in Wyoming compared to that of it's neighboring and parent geographies.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    7,206 ± 2,071 people

  2. China

    2,211 ± 1,152 people

  3. Germany

    1,302 ± 885 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Wyoming was Mexico, the natal country of 7,206 Wyoming residents, followed by China with 2,211 and Germany with 1,302.

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Citizenship

98.1%

2018 Citizenship

97.7%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 98.1% of Wyoming residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Wyoming was 97.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    485k ± 773

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    57.9k ± 3.83k

  3. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    14.3k ± 1.39k

In 2018, there were 8.38 times more White Alone residents (485k people) in Wyoming than any other race or ethnicity. There were 57.9k Hispanic or Latino and 14.3k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Wyoming as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    16,927 ± 1,663

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    10,543 ± 1,810

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    5,396 ± 1,137

Wyoming has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.61 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Wyoming awarded 7,438 degrees. The student population of Wyoming is skewed towards women, with 15,695 male students and 17,369 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Wyoming are White (5,733 and 80.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (542 and 7.59%), Unknown (495 and 6.93%), and Two or More Races (148 and 2.07%).

The largest universities in Wyoming by number of degrees awarded are University of Wyoming (3,154 and 42.4%), Sheridan College (795 and 10.7%), and Casper College (794 and 10.7%).

The most popular majors in Wyoming are Registered Nursing (431 and 5.79%), General Studies (402 and 5.4%), and Diesel Mechanics Technology (335 and 4.5%).

The median tuition costs in Wyoming are $18,021 for private four year colleges, and $3,096 and $12,384 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 86 degrees awarded

  2. 401 degrees awarded

  3. 255 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Wyoming was General Psychology with 86 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 3,154 degrees awarded

  2. 795 degrees awarded

  3. 794 degrees awarded

$3,096

Median In-State Public

$18,021

Median Private

In 2017, the Wyoming institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Wyoming with 3,154 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,522

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,916

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 3,522 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Wyoming, which is 0.899 times less than the 3,916 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Wyoming by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,733 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    542 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    495 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Wyoming were to White students. These 5,733 degrees mean that there were 10.6 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 542 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Wyoming was $230,500 in 2018, which is 1 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $214,300 to $230,500, a 7.56% increase. The homeownership rate in Wyoming is 70.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Wyoming have an average commute time of 15.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Wyoming is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$230,500

2018 Median

± $4,260

$214,300

2017 Median

± $5,510

In 2018, the median property value in Wyoming grew to to $230,500 from the previous year's value of $214,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Wyoming 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 Wyoming the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$61,584

Median Household Income

± $1,401

230k

Number of Households

± 7,712

In 2018, the median household income of the 230k households in Wyoming grew to $61,584 from the previous year's value of $60,434.

The following chart displays the households in Wyoming 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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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

70.3%

2018 Homeownership

70.8%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 70.3% of the housing units in Wyoming were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 70.8%.

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

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Commute Time

15.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Wyoming have a shorter commute time (15.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.49% of the workforce in Wyoming have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    75.8%

  2. Carpooled

    10.2%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.22%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Wyoming was Drove Alone (75.8%), followed by those who Carpooled (10.2%) and those who Worked At Home (6.22%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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