By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Wyoming saw a slight increase of 0.2% in its population in 2019, a first after three straight years of decline.
The United States Census Bureau, in a release Thursday about July 1, 2019 population estimates, said Wyoming’s population grew by 1,158 people in the year ending July 1 to total 578,759.
As of July 2019, Cheyenne was still the state’s largest city, boasting a population of 64,235. Casper followed with a population of 57,931. Laramie was the third most-populated city in the state, with 32,711.
Casper barely beat out Cheyenne for the largest population change between July 2018 and July 2019, with the former adding 416 new residents and the latter only getting 400. This was the first increase in Casper’s population after years of decline.
Bar Nunn, in Natrona County, saw the fastest annual growth in one year, around 2.7% for a total of 2,812. The other cities that saw population increases included Sheridan, Jackson and Douglas.
Rock Springs, with a population of 22,653, saw the largest decline in population, losing 274 residents over the 12-month period. Thermopolis, Wheatland and Green River also saw population declines.