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10 Biggest Cities in Wyoming: How Well Do You Know The Cowboy State?

By    |   Thursday, 07 May 2015 12:28 PM

Few people think of "Wyoming" and "cities" together, and this is reasonable, considering that the Cowboy State is the least populous of the 50.

Nevertheless, it's been growing and the growth has been taking place largely in its cities. Still, big can mean small in this Big Sky state just south of Montana; the biggest cities in Wyoming might not be much more than neighborhoods in sprawling Los Angeles.

Los Angeles' Pico-Union neighborhood alone hosts over 44,000 residents, according to the Los Angeles Times, more than all of Wyoming's cities except for Cheyenne and Caspar.

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The figures below are Census projections for 2013; actual counts are undertaken every 10 years, but these should be reasonable estimates of how many people live in Wyoming's 10 biggest cities:

1. Cheyenne (Population 62,448)

Cheyenne used to be the second-largest city in Wyoming to Casper. Despite Wyoming's reputation as "a great place to retire," the median age in Cheyenne is just 36.5 years old.

2. Casper (Population 59,628)

The state's second-largest city features an amenity not often associated with the Cowboy state: a ski area within a twenty minute drive of downtown, as well as museums and a historic cemetery that has been planted with trees to serve as a park.

3. Laramie (Population 31,814)

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, this nearly 90 percent white city suffers from a poverty rate of over 29 percent despite a low unemployment rate of 3.1 percent, so it may not be a great place to look for a job. The figures here are far worse than for the state as a whole.

4. Gillette (Population 31,797)

At only 19 square miles, Gillette thinks big: it strives to become a regional shopping and residential center. Deep in Coal Country, it is looking to develop more coal-fired plants and export energy to other states, which may have an impact on air and water quality, not to mention quality of life. The massive Wyodak strip mine is near Gillette, but employs just 80 workers.

5. Rock Springs (Population 24,138)

Rock Springs attracts nature tourists with its many nearby parks and monuments, including the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, Fossil Butte National Monument, the White Mountain Petroglyphs, and the Flaming Gorge Recreation Area.

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6. Sheridan (Population 17,828)

Sheridan is perhaps one of the few cities that allows bow hunters to pursue deer within its borders — part of an effort to promote local spending. Deer are considered a pest in Sheridan, where they are involved in collisions with local drivers.

7. Green River (Population 12,752)

Promoted heavily to tourists, Green River's claim to fame is the watercourse after which it is named. It is also, like its bigger brother Rock Springs, near to the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge and Flaming Gorge.

8. Evanston (Population 12,295)

Evanston offers "a proactive business climate, dedicated workforce, and a heartfelt, small
town attitude," according to the city's website.This includes tax and loan incentives for prospective employers, and subsidized "workforce training."

9. Riverton (Population 10,990)

This Wind River Valley town sees itself as "the rendezvous community of Wyoming, past, present and future," according to the city's website.

10. Jackson (Population 10,135)

Jackson is the actual town within the well-known Jackson Hole area. Its economy derives largely from skiing, camping, and other outdoor recreation.

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