Teton County, Wyoming

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Teton County, Wyoming
Map of Wyoming highlighting Teton County
Location in the state of Wyoming
Map of the United States highlighting Wyoming
Wyoming's location in the U.S.
Founded 1921
Named for Teton Range
Seat Jackson
Largest town Jackson
Area
 • Total 4,216 sq mi (10,919 km2)
 • Land 3,995 sq mi (10,347 km2)
 • Water 221 sq mi (572 km2), 5.2%
Population
 • (2010) 21,294
 • Density 5.3/sq mi (2/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.tetonwyo.org
Snake River Overlook and the Teton Range, Teton County

Teton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,294.[1] Its county seat is Jackson.[2] It is east from the Idaho state line.

Teton County is part of the Jackson, WY-ID Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Teton County contains the affluent Jackson Hole skiing area. In addition, the county contains all of Grand Teton National Park and 40.4% of Yellowstone National Park's total area, including over 96.6% of its water area (largely in Yellowstone Lake).[3]

It has the highest personal per capita income in the U.S. at $132,728, surpassing Manhattan with $120,790.[4]

History[edit]

Teton County was created February 15, 1921, with land detached from Lincoln County.[5]

The county was named for the Teton Range.[6] The county was created because the inhabitants lived too far away from Kemmerer, the county seat of Lincoln County. The creation of the county required a special act of the Wyoming Legislature, because the area was too poor and had too few people to qualify for county status under the normal requirements.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,216 square miles (10,920 km2), of which 3,995 square miles (10,350 km2) is land and 221 square miles (570 km2) (5.2%) is water.[7]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Teton County in Idaho and Wyoming 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, and Pike County, Illinois and Pike County, Missouri, Park County, Montana and Park 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]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 2,003
1940 2,543 27.0%
1950 2,593 2.0%
1960 3,062 18.1%
1970 4,823 57.5%
1980 9,355 94.0%
1990 11,172 19.4%
2000 18,251 63.4%
2010 21,294 16.7%
Est. 2012 21,675 1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1870-2000[9] 2010-2012[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 18,251 people, 7,688 households, and 4,174 families residing in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 10,267 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.59% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.53% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.93% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. 6.49% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 19.2% were of German, 14.2% English, 11.7% Irish and 6.7% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 7,688 households out of which 25.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.30% were married couples living together, 5.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.70% were non-families. 27.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.89.

Age range in the county was well distributed with 19.90% under the age of 18, 9.80% from 18 to 24, 38.30% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 6.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 114.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 115.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $54,614, and the median income for a family was $63,916. Males had a median income of $34,570 versus $29,132 for females. The per capita income for the county was $38,260. About 2.80% of families and 6.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.70% of those under age 18 and 4.40% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

Presidential election results
Year GOP DEM Others
2012 42.8% 4,858 54.7% 6,211 2.5% 287
2008 37.1% 4,565 60.7% 7,472 2.3% 279
2004 45.1% 5,124 52.6% 5,972 2.3% 263
2000 52.3% 5,454 38.5% 4,019 9.2% 958
1996 43.5% 3,918 44.9% 4,042 11.5% 1,038
1992 34.2% 2,854 37.4% 3,120 28.4% 2,373
1988 61.0% 3,616 37.4% 2,217 1.6% 93
1984 67.9% 3,487 30.5% 1,565 1.7% 87
1980 57.6% 3,004 26.1% 1,361 16.2% 847
1976 67.4% 2,667 30.4% 1,204 2.2% 86
1972 70.0% 2,182 26.0% 810 4.0% 124
1968 69.3% 1,419 22.5% 461 8.2% 169
1964 52.8% 1,081 47.2% 968 0.0% 0
1960 66.5% 1,158 33.5% 583 0.0% 0

Previously a staunchly Republican county, which produced Governor and U.S. Senator Clifford Hansen, Teton is now the one reliably Democratic county in Wyoming, which is one of the most Republican states in the nation. The only Republican presidential candidate since 1992 to win Teton County was George W. Bush in 2000. In the 2008 election, Barack Obama carried Teton County by a 23.6% margin over John McCain, with McCain winning statewide by a 32.2% margin over Obama, the Republican's widest margin in any state. Albany County, which includes the University of Wyoming at Laramie, was the only other county in the state to have backed Obama. In 2004, Teton was the only Wyoming county won by John F. Kerry over George W. Bush.[11]

The state's current Republican governor, Matt Mead, was born and reared in Teton County, as was his mother, Mary Mead, Clifford Hansen's daughter and the 1990 Republican gubernatorial nominee.

Communities[edit]

Teton Science Schools, Jackson campus

Town[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Other places[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. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-04-30. 
  4. ^ N.J. has four of nation's 20 highest-income counties
  5. ^ Long, John H. (2006). "Wyoming: Individual County Chronologies". Wyoming 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. 
  11. ^ U.S. Election Atlas

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°55′N 110°34′W / 43.92°N 110.57°W / 43.92; -110.57