The State of Wyoming’s Economic Analysis Division has released a statement about the relative increase and decrease of population in communities around the state. Based on information from the U.S. Census Bureau, the EAD points out that some areas have seen growth, but many have seen decline.
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The top five cities and towns that added the most residents in Wyoming between July 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016 are located in the Southeast and Northwest portions of the state, according to the population estimates released by the Census Bureau. These estimates provide a look at how the total population has changed in each of Wyoming’s incorporated places since the 2010 Census.
For areas with population over 2,000, only Kemmerer and Cheyenne demonstrated a growth rate of 1.0 percent, followed by Evansville gaining 0.9% and Cody gaining 0.8%. The state’s most populous city, Cheyenne, added 615 persons.
Nine cities and towns experienced population losses of at least 1.0%, led by Casper’s decrease of 1.6%. After a loss of nearly 1,000 residents, Casper’s total population dropped below the 60,000 mark again in 2016.
As of July 1, 2016, 68.9 percent, or 403,421 people in Wyoming lived in incorporated places. Over 47 percent of the State’s residents lived in ten cities with population of more than 10,000. Wyoming’s total population in 2016 was 1,054 less than the previous year (or -0.2%), the first decline since 1990. However, the contraction rate in the 99 cities and towns, in combination, was 0.3 percent during the same period.