CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has declared the Town of Mills a “city of the first class.” This is possible under Wyoming law once a town or city has reached a population of 4,000.
Gordon signed a proclamation recognizing Mills as a city of the first class on Aug. 4, 2020. Mills Mayor Seth Coleman expressed excitement about the growth of the community.
“The Town of Mills has grown quite a bit in the many years I have lived here and appreciated calling Mills home,” he said in a release from the Town of Mills. “This is such a great accomplishment to have grown to this recognizable size and to have Governor Mark Gordon certify us as such.”
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The Town of Mills talked about how they demonstrated the growth of their population in the press release.
“Determining the population of Mills has been in progress for a few years as the U.S. Census is only taken every 10 years and we feel we have grown significantly over the past 5-7 years,” the release said. “The town was able to certify its population to the governor through many different statistics including data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday, May 21, 2020 as the most recent economic analysis for population gain in Wyoming.”
That data estimated the population of Mills at 3,979 as of July 2019.
“The town has issued 17 residential building permits since January 2020, with the average household size sheltering 2.31 people, according to the U.S. Census 2018 ACS 5-Year Survey,” the release adds. “This brought the total May 2020 population of Mills to 4,018.”
“However, this data does not take into account the final 5 months of 2019 building permits. Another set of data points is the recent annexation where Mills annexed 143 properties from Natrona County with efforts from both parties to eradicate vague property lines and accommodate better policing and first responder action.”
Mills says the annexations added about 200 more residents to the town.
“Using the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent July 2019 estimate of 3,979 residents and adding the annexed residents, not including any new residential units, the town’s population was still over the required 4,000 inhabitants at 4,179 residents,” the release states. “Corporate limits from 2010 compared to the corporate limits of 2020, including the recent annexation from Natrona County also shows a population over 4,000 residents.”
“The 2010 U.S. Census data estimated the Town population at 3,461. Adding the 378 lots that have been developed since 2010, according to building permits, and using the U.S. Census average household size harboring 2.31 people, this additionally positions the Town at 4,334 inhabitants.”