U.S. Census Bureau Data Details Growth in Wyoming
The U.S. Census Bureau released more detailed 2010 Census population totals on Thursday. Laramie is the third most populous place in Wyoming and grew by 13.3 percent between 2000 and 2010.
Wyoming’s natural gas industry accounted for most of the growth in the state as Gillette grew by more than 48 percent to a population of 29,087. Drilling for coal-bed methane around Gillette and surrounding Campbell County caused the populations of both to increase steadily over the past ten years. Campbell County experienced a population increase of almost 37 percent to get to its 46,133 people.
Data for Wyoming show that the five most populous incorporated places and their 2010 Census counts are:
- Cheyenne - 59,466
- Casper - 55,316
- Laramie - 30,316
- Gillette – 29,087
- Rock Springs – 23,036
The five most populous counties and their 2010 Census counts are:
- Laramie – 91,738
- Natrona – 75,450
- Campbell – 46,133
- Sweetwater – 43,806
- Fremont – 40,123
As a state, Wyoming grew by 14.1 percent and remains the nation’s least populous with 563,262 people.