Capital city Cheyenne
Population 576.851 (2020)
Surface 253.554 km²
Governor Mark Gordon (R)
Member of the US since 1890

A map of Wyoming

Wyoming is one of the fifty states of the United States. The state is located in the Midwest of the country. Wyoming is bordered by Montana to the north, South Dakota and Nebraska to the east, Colorado to the south, Utah to the southwest, and Idaho to the west. Wyoming is the least populous state with just over half a million inhabitants. It is also the most sparsely populated state after Alaska. Wyoming’s abbreviation is WY and its nickname is ‘The Equality State’ which means the ‘Equality State’. Wyoming was the first state where women could vote (since 1869). The capital of Wyoming is Cheyenne. Wyoming was originally inhabited by many indigenous peoples. The region was long in the hands of France, but was sold to the United States with the purchase of Louisiana in 1803. This gave the Americans most of the state, but the western part was not acquired until later after treaties with Mexico and the United States. United Kingdom. Wyoming officially became a territory in 1868, joining as the 44th state in 1890. Wyoming is where the famous robberies of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid took place. Also located in the state is the famous Yellowstone National Park, which is the first national park in the United States. The state counts as a red state, which means that the Republican Party has a large majority there. Wyoming is even the most Republican state in the United States.

 

Geography

Landscape

The Valleys of the Green River

Wyoming is one of three states with straight-line borders. The other two are Utah and Colorado. Wyoming has a rectangular shape. Wyoming is located on the border of the Rocky Mountains (to the west) and the Great Plains (to the east). Several mountain ranges run through the state, which are foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The main mountain range is the Wind River Mountain Range. In the northwest are large nature reserves, which also include the famous Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone is known for its geysers; boiling hot water shot up from the ground from time to time. Several lakes are also found here, such as Jackson Lake and Yellowstone Lake. Several rivers flow through the state, including the Snake, the Columbia, and the Green River. The highest point in the state is Gannett Peak with an elevation of 4,207 meters. The rest of the state’s landscape consists of forest areas interspersed with grasslands.

Largest Cities in Wyoming

Name Residents County
1. Cheyenne 63.957 Laramie County
2. Casper 57.461 Natrona County
3. Laramie 32.473 Albany County
4. Gillette 31.903 Campbell County
5. Rock Springs 23.082 Sweetwater County
6. Sheridan 17.849 Sheridan County
7. Green River 11.978 Sweetwater County
8. Evanston 11.704 Uinta County
9. Riverton 10.996 Freemont County
10. Jackson 10.429 Teton County

Climate

A tornado in Wyoming

Wyoming has a combination of a steppe climate and a continental climate. This means that the state has to deal with cold winters and warm summers. The wind is very dry, so there is little rainfall. In the summer it gets between 27 and 31°C in Wyoming, while the temperature in the winter is between 0 and -11°C. Although it is cold in winter, there is little snow due to the dry air. Most precipitation falls in the spring. Wyoming often experiences droughts and climate change could increase this. In terms of extreme weather, Wyoming often experiences thunderstorms. The southeast of the state is also often subject to tornadoes, as this area belongs to the so-called Tornado Alley. Tornadoes are virtually non-existent in the rest of the state.

Population

General

About 578,000 people live in Wyoming, making it the least populous state. Wyoming, along with Vermont, is the only two states that have fewer inhabitants than the capital Washington DC. Wyoming is quite rural and has a few smaller towns and many villages. Because of this, Wyoming is also very sparsely populated. The population is quite stable and sometimes rises and falls a bit. 82% of the state’s residents are White, 10% Latino, 2.7% Native American, and 1.6% African American. Most residents have a German, English, Irish, Norwegian or Swedish migration background.

Laramie. Cathedral

Taal

English is the official language of Wyoming. 93% of the population also speak English as their mother tongue. Like many other states, Wyoming residents often speak only English. English is the language of education, law and politics. It is also most commonly used in everyday life. Wyoming’s second language is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.5% of the population. This often concerns Americans with a Mexican migration background. Smaller languages ​​in the state are Chinese, French, German and Russian. A small part of the population also speaks the indigenous Algonk language.

Religion

76% of the state’s residents are adherents of Christianity. Of these, 49% are Protestant, 18% Catholic and 9% adherent to the Mormon Church. The main Protestant movement is Evangelicism. 23% of the population has no religion or is unbeliever. Other religions include Judaism and Buddhism.

Politics

State politics

The Wyoming House of Representatives

The day-to-day administration of Wyoming is done by the state government. The head of government is the governor of Wyoming. The current governor of the state is Mark Gordon of the Republican Party. Wyoming does not have a lieutenant general, while other states do. A lieutenant general is the governor’s deputy and assists the governor with duties, but is absent in Wyoming. The governor serves a four-year term and can only be re-elected once. The Wyoming legislature is called the Wyoming State Legislature and consists of two chambers. These are:

  • The House of Representatives, consisting of 60 members who are elected every two years.
  • The Senate, consisting of 30 members who are elected every four years.

The Republican Party has an absolute majority in both chambers. The remaining seats are filled by the Democratic Party.

Administrative division

How many counties in Wyoming? Wyoming has 23 counties. These are:

  • Albany County
  • Big Horn County
  • Campbell County
  • Carbon County
  • Converse County
  • Crook County
  • Fremont County
  • Goshen County
  • Hot Springs County
  • Johnson County
  • Laramie County
  • Lincoln County
  • Natrona County
  • Niobrara County
  • Park County
  • Platte County
  • Sheridan County
  • Sublette County
  • Sweetwater County
  • Teton County
  • Uinta County
  • Washakie County
  • Weston County

National politics

Liz Cheney, a noted politician from Wyoming

Wyoming is now a “red state,” meaning the Republican Party has a large majority there. 70% of the state’s residents are Republican. Wyoming is a safe red state during presidential elections and has always voted for the Republican presidential candidate since 1964. The last Democrat that Wyoming residents voted for was Lyndon B. Johnson. Before the 1960s, Wyoming was a “blue state” and Democrats had a majority in the state. Wyoming is the most Republican state in the country these days! Wyoming is represented in the United States Congress by two senators and one delegate. The two senators are Cynthia Lummis and John Barrasso, who are both members of the Republican Party. The only representative on behalf of Wyoming is Liz Cheney; also a Republican. She comes from the Cheney family; an important Wyoming political family. Her father, Dick Cheney, was Vice President under George W. Bush.

Economy

One of the state’s ski resorts

Wyoming’s economy still relies heavily on mining. The soil of the state contains all kinds of valuable substances, such as coal, uranium, diamonds and petroleum. These substances generate a lot of money for the state. In addition, many companies also locate in Wyoming because of the low taxes. In Wyoming there is no income tax, inheritance taxand the taxes on land are also very low. In addition, tourism plays an important role. These tourists come for all of Wyoming’s wildlife, such as the famous Yellowstone Park. Wyoming’s parks attract about six million visitors a year. Also, there are ski resorts in the state, which also attract many tourists. Agriculture today plays a smaller role than in the past. Nevertheless, the sale of wool, hay, meat, grain and sugar beet is still very important.

Wyoming - The Equality State

Wyoming – The Equality State
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