Wyoming Education and State Information

Wyoming is the least populous state in the nation but the 10th largest in size, at 97,814 square miles. Wyoming has fewer than 10 nonprofit colleges and universities, including the University of Wyoming.

Information about Wyoming

As of 2015, Wyoming had a population of 586,107, based on U.S. Census Bureau figures. This ranked Wyoming second-to-last in the country in terms of population density (Alaska has a larger population but fewer people per square mile than Wyoming). The state's population was nearly 93 percent white as of 2014, with approximately 10 percent of residents identifying as Hispanic or Latino and nearly three percent as American Indian or Alaska Native.

Wyoming's single most popular attraction is Yellowstone National Park, which draws approximately 4 million visitors each year. The first and largest national park, it's home to Old Faithful Geyser and the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest active volcano in North America. Camping, horseback riding, fishing and hiking are among popular activities in the park. Other attractions in Wyoming include Grand Teton National Park in the northwestern part of the state; Devils Tower National Monument in northeastern Wyoming; Flaming Gorge Recreation Area in McKinnon; and the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum.

Wyoming Educational Opportunities

Located in Laramie, the University of Wyoming is the largest postsecondary school in the state, with nearly 13,000 students as of Fall 2014. This public university offers bachelor's through doctoral degrees. Other public schools in the state include Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Sheridan College in Sheridan, Casper College in Casper and Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs.

Wyoming Economy and Industry Outlook

For the years 2010-2014, the annual median household income in Wyoming was $58,252, which was slightly higher than the national median of $53,482. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of March 2016, the unemployment rate in Wyoming was 5.2%.

Mineral extraction is a major industry in Wyoming, and the state is the country's top producer of coal. Other main mineral commodities include natural gas, crude oil and coal bed methane. Tourism also generates a large portion of Wyoming's revenue, and agriculture, though fading in importance, still contributes to the state's economy. Leading agricultural commodities include wheat, barley and hay, along wool.

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