By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
The percentage of children in Uinta Countyu’s population is the higehst in the state, according to data released recently by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The 2020 census data released last week showed 28.5% of Uinta County’s population is made up of people under the age of 18 — compared to the statewide total of 23.5%.
As a state, Wyoming came in 43rd in the nation out of all 50 states and Washington, D.C. for the percentage of its residents who are 18 and older, which was 76.5%, or 441,337 people. Utah came in last for having the lowest percentage of residents 18 or older, at 71%.
The percentage of adults making up populations of several neighboring states was very similar to the number seen in Wyoming. The census showed North Dakota’s percentage of adults was also at 76.5%, while South Dakota was at 75.5% Nebraska was 75.3% and Idaho was 74.8%.
The state with the highest percentage of its population over 18 was Vermont at 81.6%.
Only five counties in Wyoming had fewer than 75% of residents who were 18 and older: Lincoln, Uinta, Sweetwater, Big Horn and Campbell.
Albany County had the highest percentage of residents age 18 or older, at 83.2% or 30,852 residents.
In total, Wyoming saw a 3.1% increase (13,113 people) of residents 18 or older since the last census in 2010. It saw a 0.1% increase in those under age 18, or 112.