Park County, Wyoming

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Park County, Wyoming
Park county wyoming courthouse.jpg
Park County Courthouse in Cody
Map of Wyoming highlighting Park County
Location in the state of Wyoming
Map of the United States highlighting Wyoming
Wyoming's location in the U.S.
Founded 1909
Named for Yellowstone National Park
Seat Cody
Largest city Cody
Area
 • Total 6,967 sq mi (18,044 km2)
 • Land 6,942 sq mi (17,980 km2)
 • Water 25 sq mi (65 km2), 0.4%
Population
 • (2010) 28,205
 • Density 4.1/sq mi (2/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.parkcounty.us

Park County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,205.[1] The county seat is Cody.[2]

Park County is a mecca for tourists. The county contains the majority (more than 53%) of Yellowstone National Park's total land area.[3] Many attractions abound, including the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, the Cody Stampede Rodeo, and the western museum, Old Trail Town.

History[edit]

Park County was created on February 15, 1909 with land detached from Big Horn County.[4] The county was named for Yellowstone National Park which is mostly within the limits of Park County.[5]

In 1913, Hot Springs County was created from portions of Park County, Big Horn County, and Fremont County. Park County also had minor boundary adjustments in 1929 and 1931, but otherwise its boundaries have remained unchanged.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 6,967 square miles (18,040 km2), of which 6,942 square miles (17,980 km2) is land and 25 square miles (65 km2) (0.4%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Park County in Wyoming and Montana are two of twenty-two counties or parishes in the United States with the same name to border each other across state lines. The others are Union Parish, Louisiana and Union County, Arkansas, Big Horn County, Montana and Big Horn County, Wyoming, Sabine County, Texas and Sabine Parish, Louisiana, Bristol County, Massachusetts and Bristol County, Rhode Island, Kent County, Delaware and Kent County, Maryland, Escambia County, Alabama and Escambia County, Florida., Pike County, Illinois and Pike County, Missouri, Teton County, Idaho and Teton County, Wyoming, San Juan County, New Mexico and San Juan County, Utah, and Vermilion County, Illinois and Vermillion County, Indiana. respectively. (Note, despite the different spellings, the source of the name is the same for Vermilion County, Illinois and Vermillion County, Indiana--the Vermillion River which flows through both counties.)

National protected areas[edit]

Major Highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 4,909
1920 7,298 48.7%
1930 8,207 12.5%
1940 10,976 33.7%
1950 15,182 38.3%
1960 16,874 11.1%
1970 17,752 5.2%
1980 21,639 21.9%
1990 23,178 7.1%
2000 25,786 11.3%
2010 28,205 9.4%
Est. 2012 28,702 1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1870-2000[8] 2010-2012[1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 28,205 people residing in the county. 95.6% were White, 0.6% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.2% Black or African American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.4% of some other race and 1.6% of two or more races. 4.8% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race). 23.5% were of German, 12.2% English, 10.8% Irish and 7.5% American ancestry.[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 25,786 people, 10,312 households, and 7,094 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 11,869 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.46% White, 0.09% Black or African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.41% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races. 3.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 26.3% were of German and 13.3% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 10,312 households out of which 30.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.90% were married couples living together, 7.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 26.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 26.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,829, and the median income for a family was $41,406. Males had a median income of $33,452 versus $20,500 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,020. About 8.40% of families and 12.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.60% of those under age 18 and 8.30% of those age 65 or over.

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Cities[edit]

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Other localities[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. ^ "Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF 1) 100-Percent Data." U.S. Census Bureau.
  4. ^ Long, John H. (2006). "Wyoming: Individual County Chronologies". Wyoming Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  5. ^ Urbanek, Mae (1988). Wyoming Place Names. Missoula, MT: Mountain Press Publishing Company. ISBN 0-87842-204-8. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Decennial Census Population for Wyoming Counties, Cities, and Towns". Wyoming Department of Administration & Information, Division of Economic Analysis. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  9. ^ American FactFinder
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 44°29′N 109°34′W / 44.49°N 109.56°W / 44.49; -109.56