Many things have
changed in the last 20 years in Wyoming.
The population has increased by about
84,000, and it has grayed.
Wyoming Kids Count Databook was
recently released with numbers from 2019
and it also looks forward to a new decade.
In 2000, the median average age was
36.2. It now rests at 38.5. In 2000, those
45 and older represented 35 percent of
Wyoming’s population. Today, they represent
Wyoming is home to 58,118 families.
Of these, 13 percent live below the poverty
threshold. Nearly one-third of all of
Wyoming’s single-mother-led households
are in poverty. Between private and public
insurance options, all but 7 percent of
Wyoming’s children (and 12 percent of
Wyoming’s adults) are insured, but that
still means 11,153 children in Wyoming
do not have affordable access to preventative,
medical and dental care when
needed. Some of the uninsured make
slightly too much to qualify for public
support but yet not enough to pay private
health insurance premiums, which are the
second-highest in the country.
Outcomes for mothers and babies have
primarily improved since 2000. Births to
teens have dropped by half, and births to
women with less than a high school education
have fallen by a third.
The percentage of mothers who smoke
during pregnancy has dropped from 22
percent in 2000 to 13 percent in 2018.
Yet, the percentage of women who receive
inadequate prenatal care remains
stuck where it was in 2000 – with approximately
one out of every four women (and
neonates) not receiving enough care.
Wyoming’s schools are also changing.
Although Hispanics are 10 percent of the
Wyoming population (up from 6 percent
in 2000), they make up 14 percent of the
kindergarten through grade 12 population.
In part because of our aging population,
Whites comprise 78 percent of the K-12
population, although they represent 91
percent of the entire state’s population.
Four-year graduation rates have risen
every year from 2012 to 2018 (the last
year for which data are available) and
now stand at 82 percent. Nor does education
in Wyoming end with high school.
In 2018, 27 percent of Wyoming adults,
25 and older, have a bachelor’s degree or
higher. Everyone does not participate in
this success though: Only 11percent of
Native Americans and 10 percent of Hispanics
hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Of challenges left to overcome, perhaps
most glaring is the gap between the
median earnings of men and the median
earnings of women. Wyoming has the
widest gap in the United States. Overall,
Wyoming women make 70 cents for every
dollar Wyoming men make.
In Sublette County
• The population of children declined in Sublette County by 268
from 2010 to 2019. The population of adults declined by 162 in
the same time period.
• The number of children under age 5 fell by 194.
• Young adults, ages 18 to 24, fell from 9.5 percent of the population
to 7.7 percent.
• The percentage of married couples dropped from 86.9 percent
to 77.7 percent at the same time the number of single-parent
households increased from 13.1 percent to 22.3 percent.
• Of all children in single-parent homes, 57 percent are single
fathers, compared to 2010 when only 36.3 percent were single
• Women in Sublette County have a median annual wage of
$41,892 compared to men with an average of $64,712. The
26-percent gap is down from 2010 when the gap was 38 percent.
• Teton County is the only county in Wyoming where women
earn on average 1 percent more than men.
• The number of families in poverty for Sublette County increased
from 2.2 percent in 2010 to 9.5 percent in 2019.
• In Wyoming, 67 percent of women work in essential occupations
that do not pay enough to make a single-wage family of
three self sufficient.
• The average drive time to a birthing hospital from Sublette
County is between 60 and 90 minutes.