Riverton, Wyoming

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Riverton, Wyoming
City
The Riverton Museum at Park & 7th Streets
The Riverton Museum at Park & 7th Streets
Motto: "The Rendezvous City"
Location of Riverton, Wyoming
Location of Riverton, Wyoming
Coordinates: 43°1′40″N 108°23′42″W / 43.02778°N 108.39500°W / 43.02778; -108.39500Coordinates: 43°1′40″N 108°23′42″W / 43.02778°N 108.39500°W / 43.02778; -108.39500
Country United States
State Wyoming
County Fremont
Area[1]
 • Total 9.87 sq mi (25.56 km2)
 • Land 9.86 sq mi (25.54 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation 4,951 ft (1,509 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 10,615
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 10,971
 • Density 1,076.6/sq mi (415.7/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 82501
Area code(s) 307
FIPS code 56-66220[4]
GNIS feature ID 1593489[5]
Website rivertonwy.gov

Riverton (Arapaho: Hóóxonó'oo)[6] is a city in Fremont County, Wyoming, United States. The city's population was 10,615 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

The city is an incorporated entity of the state of Wyoming. The community was named Riverton because of the four rivers that meet there.[7] The town was built on land ceded from the reservation in 1906, a situation that often makes it subject to jurisdictional claims by the nearby Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes.

In December 2013, the US Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Interior and Department of Justice found Riverton to be a part of the Wind River Indian Reservation.[8][9]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 483
1920 2,023 318.8%
1930 1,608 −20.5%
1940 2,540 58.0%
1950 4,142 63.1%
1960 6,845 65.3%
1970 7,995 16.8%
1980 9,562 19.6%
1990 9,202 −3.8%
2000 9,310 1.2%
2010 10,615 14.0%
[10]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 10,615 people, 4,252 households, and 2,600 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,076.6 inhabitants per square mile (415.7/km2). There were 4,567 housing units at an average density of 463.2 per square mile (178.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 83.5% White, 0.5% African American, 10.4% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.8% from other races, and 3.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.0% of the population.

There were 4,252 households of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.9% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 35.4 years. 23.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 11.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25% were from 25 to 44; 24.3% were from 45 to 64; and 15.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 9,311 people, 3,816 households, and 2,407 families residing in the city. The population density was 952.2 people per square mile (367.5/km²). There were 4,254 housing units at an average density of 435.1/sq mi (167.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.81% White, 0.17% African American, 8.08% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.86% from other races, and 2.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.09% of the population.

There were 3,816 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.2% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,531, and the median income for a family was $37,079. Males had a median income of $31,685 versus $19,157 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,720. About 11.0% of families and 15.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.3% of those under age 18 and 11.5% of those age 65 or over.

Geography[edit]

Riverton is located at 43°1′40″N 108°23′42″W / 43.02778°N 108.39500°W / 43.02778; -108.39500 (43.027838, −108.395077).[11] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.87 square miles (25.56 km2), of which, 9.86 square miles (25.54 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[1]

Climate[edit]

Riverton experiences a semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk) with cold, dry winters and warm, slightly wetter summers.

Climate data for Riverton, Wyoming
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 63
(17)
71
(22)
78
(26)
87
(31)
96
(36)
102
(39)
103
(39)
104
(40)
98
(37)
90
(32)
73
(23)
65
(18)
104
(40)
Average high °F (°C) 30.0
(−1.1)
37.6
(3.1)
50.2
(10.1)
59.8
(15.4)
69.5
(20.8)
81.1
(27.3)
89.0
(31.7)
87.5
(30.8)
75.8
(24.3)
62.0
(16.7)
43.0
(6.1)
30.7
(−0.7)
59.68
(15.38)
Daily mean °F (°C) 14.9
(−9.5)
22.1
(−5.5)
34.9
(1.6)
44.1
(6.7)
53.8
(12.1)
63.7
(17.6)
70.3
(21.3)
68.2
(20.1)
57.3
(14.1)
44.8
(7.1)
28.2
(−2.1)
15.9
(−8.9)
43.18
(6.22)
Average low °F (°C) −0.3
(−17.9)
6.5
(−14.2)
19.5
(−6.9)
28.4
(−2)
38.1
(3.4)
46.2
(7.9)
51.5
(10.8)
48.8
(9.3)
38.7
(3.7)
27.6
(−2.4)
13.3
(−10.4)
1.1
(−17.2)
26.62
(−2.99)
Record low °F (°C) −46
(−43)
−45
(−43)
−24
(−31)
−18
(−28)
18
(−8)
26
(−3)
30
(−1)
30
(−1)
9
(−13)
−7
(−22)
−28
(−33)
−46
(−43)
−46
(−43)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.28
(7.1)
0.25
(6.4)
0.48
(12.2)
1.01
(25.7)
1.78
(45.2)
1.14
(29)
0.73
(18.5)
0.49
(12.4)
0.88
(22.4)
0.81
(20.6)
0.47
(11.9)
0.46
(11.7)
8.78
(223.1)
Source #1: NOAA (normals, 1971–2000)[12]
Source #2: The Weather Channel (Records)[13]

Economy[edit]

Brunton, Inc. is home to the manufacturer of the Brunton compass.

Education[edit]

Public education in the city of Riverton is provided by Fremont County School District #25. The district operates three K–3 elementary schools (Ashgrove, Aspen Park, and Jackson), Rendezvous Elementary School (grades 4–5), Riverton Middle School (grades 6–8), and Riverton High School (grades 9–12).

Central Wyoming College is located in Riverton, with off-campus sites in Wyoming in Jackson, Lander, Thermopolis, Dubois, and the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Notable people[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. ^ "English-Arapaho dictionary". Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  7. ^ "Profile for Riverton, Wyoming, WY". ePodunk. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  8. ^ "EPA reservation boundary decision sparks controversy in Riverton, Wyo.". Casper, Wyoming Star-Tribune. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "EPA overrides Congress, hands over town to Indian tribes". The Daily Caller. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Historical Decennial Census Population for Wyoming Counties, Cities, and Towns". Wyoming Department of State / U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved June 30, 2008. 
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  12. ^ "Climatography of the United States NO.81". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Monthly Averages for Riverton, WY". The Weather Channel. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 

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