By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Despite the the fact a majority of Wyoming’s 23 counties lost residents over the last decade, the state’s population grew overall, even if by a small amount, according to the latest information provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Wyoming saw a 2.3% population increase between 2010 and 2020, recent data showed, which means the state gained 13,225 residents in the last 10 years.
By 2020, the state’s population was 576,851.
Fourteen of Wyoming’s 23 counties saw a population decline in the last decade, however. Sublette County saw the biggest decline, losing 1,519 residents over 10 years, or a 14.8% decline.
Other counties to lose population included Washakie with a 9.9% decline and Carbon with an 8.5% drop
Laramie County was the most populous county in the state, with 100,512 residents and saw an increase of 9.6%, or a gain of 8,774 residents. Teton County saw the same percentage increase, with a population total of 23,331, an increase of 2,037 over 2010.
Niobrara County had the state’s fewest residents, 2,467. The county lost 17 residents over the decade, a decrease of 0.7%.