Wyoming by the numbers


Most recent data shows an aging state

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

42 percent.

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

fathers.

• 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.

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