Powell, Wyoming

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Powell, Wyoming
City
Location of Powell, Wyoming
Location of Powell, Wyoming
Coordinates: 44°45′32″N 108°45′30″W / 44.75889°N 108.75833°W / 44.75889; -108.75833Coordinates: 44°45′32″N 108°45′30″W / 44.75889°N 108.75833°W / 44.75889; -108.75833
Country United States
State Wyoming
County Park
Area[1]
 • Total 4.25 sq mi (11.01 km2)
 • Land 4.25 sq mi (11.01 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 4,393 ft (1,339 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 6,314
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 6,308
 • Density 1,485.6/sq mi (573.6/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 82435
Area code(s) 307
FIPS code 56-62450[4]
GNIS feature ID 1609143[5]

Powell is a city in Park County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 6,314 at the 2010 census. Powell is an All-America City and home to Northwest College.

Geography[edit]

Carillon with fall foliage

Powell is located at 44°45′32″N 108°45′30″W / 44.75889°N 108.75833°W / 44.75889; -108.75833 (44.758797, -108.758402).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.25 square miles (11.01 km2), all of it land.[1]

Powell experiences a desert climate (Köppen BWk) with cold, dry winters and hot, slightly wetter summers.

Climate data for Powell Field Station
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 58
(14)
69
(21)
77
(25)
85
(29)
93
(34)
99
(37)
104
(40)
102
(39)
95
(35)
87
(31)
75
(24)
66
(19)
104
(40)
Average high °F (°C) 29.8
(−1.2)
37.3
(2.9)
47.6
(8.7)
57.8
(14.3)
67.1
(19.5)
77.0
(25)
84.2
(29)
83.8
(28.8)
71.6
(22)
58.8
(14.9)
42.4
(5.8)
32.7
(0.4)
57.51
(14.18)
Daily mean °F (°C) 17.8
(−7.9)
24.9
(−3.9)
34.5
(1.4)
43.9
(6.6)
54.1
(12.3)
62.7
(17.1)
68.6
(20.3)
67.3
(19.6)
56.1
(13.4)
44.1
(6.7)
30.0
(−1.1)
20.4
(−6.4)
43.7
(6.51)
Average low °F (°C) 5.7
(−14.6)
12.4
(−10.9)
21.3
(−5.9)
30.0
(−1.1)
41.0
(5)
48.4
(9.1)
53.0
(11.7)
50.7
(10.4)
40.5
(4.7)
29.4
(−1.4)
17.6
(−8)
8.1
(−13.3)
29.84
(−1.19)
Record low °F (°C) −27
(−33)
−33
(−36)
−15
(−26)
4
(−16)
19
(−7)
32
(0)
32
(0)
33
(1)
16
(−9)
−5
(−21)
−18
(−28)
−34
(−37)
−34
(−37)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.20
(5.1)
0.10
(2.5)
0.31
(7.9)
0.50
(12.7)
1.42
(36.1)
1.32
(33.5)
1.00
(25.4)
0.52
(13.2)
0.70
(17.8)
0.54
(13.7)
0.19
(4.8)
0.16
(4.1)
6.96
(176.8)
Source #1: NOAA (normals, 1971–2000)[7]
Source #2: The Weather Channel (Records)[8]

History[edit]

Powell was incorporated in 1909.[9] Powell was named for John Wesley Powell, U.S. soldier, geologist and explorer.[10] Powell post office was established January 23, 1908.[11]

Heart Mountain and surrounding mountains covered in snow

In 2013, the area was the subject of a piece of national legislation. The Powell Shooting Range Land Conveyance Act (S. 130; 113th Congress), which was passed by both the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives, would transfer a piece of land from the Bureau of Land Management to the Powell Recreation District for continued use as a shooting range.[12][13]

Demographics[edit]

Northwest College volleyball

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 6,314 people, 2,463 households, and 1,449 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,485.6 inhabitants per square mile (573.6/km2). There were 2,627 housing units at an average density of 618.1 per square mile (238.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.7% White, 0.4% African American, 0.6% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 2.4% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.4% of the population.

There were 2,463 households of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.2% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.93.

The median age in the city was 31.9 years. 21.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 19% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.8% were from 25 to 44; 20.3% were from 45 to 64; and 16.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,373 people, 2,083 households, and 1,272 families residing in the city.[4] The population density was 1,442.3 people per square mile (556.2/km²). There were 2,249 housing units at an average density of 603.7 per square mile (232.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.44% White, 0.13% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.53% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.81% of the population.

There were 2,083 households out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.9% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.0% under the age of 18, 18.6% from 18 to 24, 22.4% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 18.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 85.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,364, and the median income for a family was $34,877. Males had a median income of $36,175 versus $21,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,518. About 13.5% of families and 20.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.9% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.

Economy[edit]

When the local department store in Powell closed, the community raised $400,000 and established the Powell Mercantile, a community-owned store.[14]

Media[edit]

Newspapers[edit]

The Powell Tribune is the local twice-weekly paper, founded in 1909.[15] The Cody Enterprise is also available in Powell.

AM radio[edit]

FM radio[edit]

Television[edit]

Three television stations are available in Powell: KTVQ (CBS) and KULR (NBC) from Billings, and PBS station K49AI, a local translator for KCWC-DT in Lander.

Notable natives and residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Climatography of the United States NO.81". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Monthly Averages for Powell, WY". The Weather Channel. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Powell -- Wyoming Tales and Trailss[sic]". G.B. Dobson. 2004-01-06. Retrieved on 2009-07-20.
  10. ^ Urbanek, Mae (1969) Wyoming Place Names, p. 160. Boulder, Colorado: Johnson Publishing Company.
  11. ^ Gallagher, John S. and Patera, Alan H. (1980) Wyoming Post Offices, 1850−1980, p. 100. Burtonsville, Maryland: The Depot.
  12. ^ "CBO - S. 130". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "S. 130 - All Actions". United States Congress. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  14. ^ Cortese, Amy (November 12, 2011). "A Town Creates Its Own Department Store". The New York Times. Retrieved November 14, 2011. "Community ownership seems to resonate in these days of protest." 
  15. ^ About Us, The Powell Tribune, retrieved 13 November 2014 

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