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Origin of State Name
The word “Wyoming” derives from a Native American word, mecheweamiing, which translates to “at the big plains.”
July 10th, 1890 (44th in the Union)
The Equality State (originates from being the first state to give women the right to vote).
Selected Cities (and 2013 Population Estimates)
- Cheyenne (population 62,448)
- Casper (population 59,628)
- Laramie (population 31,814)
- Rock Springs (population 24,138)
- Gillette (population 31,797)
- Sheridan (population 17,828)
- Rawlins (population 9,173)
- Riverton (population 10,990)
Population (2013 estimate)
539,223 (50th among the states)
Grew 3.5% since April 2010
Population Density (2010 Census)
5.8 people per square mile (50th among the states)
Distribution (2010 Census)
97,818 square miles (9th among the states)
13,804 Ft. Elevation
Belle Fourche River, 3,100 ft (946 m).
714 square miles
Gross Domestic Product
$44.19 billion (2014)
Personal Income Per Capita
23 total: Albany, Big Horn, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Fremont, Goshen, Hot Springs, Johnson, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Niobrara, Park, Platte, Sheridan, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton, Uinta, Washakie, Weston. Learn how the counties were named here.
Notable Wyoming Businesses
- J.C. Penney (started in Kemmerer, Wyoming)
- Taco Johns
- Chugwater Chili
- Sweetwater Cheese Company
- Wyoming Honey
- King Rope
Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872, is the world’s first national park and the largest in the contiguous United States. Sprawling across volcanic plateaus in the northwest corner of the state, its 2.2 million acres (3,472 sq. mi) include steaming geysers, crystelline lakes, thundering waterfalls, and panoramic vistas. The park is home to over 80 species of mammals including elk, moose, bear, and buffalo.
Other Major Attractions: Grand Teton National Park, with mountains 13,000 ft. high; the National Elk Refuge, covering 25,000 acres; Devils Tower, a free-standing columnar rock 1,280 ft. high left when the lava in the throat of a volcano hardened and the volcano itself eroded; Fort Laramie and surrounding areas of pioneer trails; Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody; the famous Cheyenne Frontier Days Celebration, held in last full week in July, the state’s largest rodeo with the world’s largest purse.
For more information about these and other exciting Wyoming attractions, visit Wyoming Travel & Tourism.