Albany County, Wyoming

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Albany County, Wyoming
LARAMIE DOWNTOWN HISTORIC DISTRICT, ALBANY COUNTY,WYOMING.jpg
Albany County Courthouse
Map of Wyoming highlighting Albany County
Location in the state of Wyoming
Map of the United States highlighting Wyoming
Wyoming's location in the U.S.
Founded 1868
Seat Laramie
Largest city Laramie
Area
 • Total 4,309 sq mi (11,160 km2)
 • Land 4,274 sq mi (11,070 km2)
 • Water 34 sq mi (88 km2), 0.8%
Population
 • (2010) 36,299
 • Density 8.5/sq mi (3/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.co.albany.wy.us
Morton Pass (SR34) Albany Co.
Morton Pass (SR34) Albany Co.)

Albany County (/ˈɔːlbən/ AWL-bə-nee) is a county in the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,299.[1] Its county seat is Laramie,[2] the site of the University of Wyoming. It is north from the Colorado state line.

Albany County comprises the Laramie, WY Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Albany County was organized December 16, 1868, from Laramie County in Dakota Territory, which at the time had jurisdiction over part of modern-day Wyoming.[3] It became a county in Wyoming Territory when that territory's government was formally organized on May 19, 1869.[4][5]

Charles D. Bradley, a member of the legislature of the Dakota Territory named the county for Albany, New York, the capital of his native state.[6] In 1875, Albany County lost territory when Crook County and Johnson County were created by the legislature of the Wyoming Territory. Converse County was created with land ceded by Albany County in 1888. The boundaries of the county were final at that time except for minor adjustments in 1911 and 1955.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,309 square miles (11,160 km2), of which 4,274 square miles (11,070 km2) is land and 34 square miles (88 km2) (0.8%) is water.[7]

Adjacent counties[edit]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 2,021
1880 4,626 128.9%
1890 8,865 91.6%
1900 13,084 47.6%
1910 11,574 −11.5%
1920 9,283 −19.8%
1930 12,041 29.7%
1940 13,946 15.8%
1950 19,055 36.6%
1960 21,290 11.7%
1970 26,431 24.1%
1980 29,062 10.0%
1990 30,797 6.0%
2000 32,014 4.0%
2010 36,299 13.4%
Est. 2012 37,276 2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1870-2000[9] 2010-2012[1]

At the 2000 census[10], there were 32,014 people, 13,269 households and 7,006 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 per square mile (3/km²). There were 15,215 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.32% White, 1.11% Black or African American, 0.95% Native American, 1.7% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.65% from other races, and 2.22% from two or more races. 7.49% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.4% were of German, 11.1% English, 10.2% Irish and 6.1% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 13,269 households of which 23.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.0% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.2% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.84.

18.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 28.2% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 19.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 106.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.4 males.

The median household income was $28,790 and the median family income was $44,334. Males had a median income of $31,087 compared with $22,061 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,706. About 10.8% of families and 21.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.7% of those under the age of 18 and 8.8% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Communities[edit]

Lincoln Monument, near Laramie, off Interstate 80

City[edit]

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Census-designated places[edit]

Other communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ General Laws and Memorials and Resolutions of the Territory of Dakota, 1869 at Google Books
  4. ^ Long, John H. (2006). "Wyoming: Individual County Chronologies". Wyoming Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. Retrieved 2011-09-05. 
  5. ^ Long, John H. (2006). "Dakota Territory, South Dakota, and North Dakota: Individual County Chronologies". Dakota Territory Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ Urbanek, Mae (1988). Wyoming Place Names. Missoula, MT: Mountain Press Publishing Company. ISBN 0-87842-204-8. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Decennial Census Population for Wyoming Counties, Cities, and Towns". Wyoming Department of Administration & Information, Division of Economic Analysis. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

Coordinates: 41°39′N 105°44′W / 41.65°N 105.74°W / 41.65; -105.74