Washakie County, Wyoming

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Washakie County, Wyoming
Map of Wyoming highlighting Washakie County
Location in the state of Wyoming
Map of the United States highlighting Wyoming
Wyoming's location in the U.S.
Founded 1911
Named for Chief Washakie
Seat Worland
Largest city Worland
Area
 • Total 2,243 sq mi (5,809 km2)
 • Land 2,239 sq mi (5,799 km2)
 • Water 4.2 sq mi (11 km2), 0.2%
Population
 • (2010) 8,533
 • Density 3.8/sq mi (1/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.washakiecounty.net

Washakie County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,533.[1] Its county seat is Worland.[2]

History[edit]

Washakie County was created on February 21, 1911 with land detached from Big Horn County.[3]

Washakie County was named for the head chief of the Shoshone people, Chief Washakie, who became an ally of the US Government.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,243 square miles (5,810 km2), of which 2,239 square miles (5,800 km2) is land and 4.2 square miles (11 km2) (0.2%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 3,106
1930 4,109 32.3%
1940 5,858 42.6%
1950 7,252 23.8%
1960 8,883 22.5%
1970 7,569 −14.8%
1980 9,496 25.5%
1990 8,388 −11.7%
2000 8,289 −1.2%
2010 8,533 2.9%
Est. 2012 8,464 −0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1870-2000[7] 2010-2012[1]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 8,289 people, 3,278 households, and 2,310 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 3,654 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.22% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 6.21% from other races, and 2.17% from two or more races. 11.47% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 27.1% were of German, 13.1% English, 9.9% Irish and 6.2% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 3,278 households out of which 32.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.90% were married couples living together, 7.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.50% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.20% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 25.30% from 45 to 64, and 15.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 99.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,943, and the median income for a family was $42,584. Males had a median income of $31,633 versus $21,028 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,780. About 10.00% of families and 14.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.10% of those under age 18 and 12.20% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The Wyoming Department of Family Services Juvenile Services Division operates the Wyoming Boys' School, located in Mc Nutt,[9] unincorporated Washakie County, near Worland.[10] The facility was operated by the Wyoming Board of Charities and Reform until that agency was dissolved as a result of a state constitutional amendment passed in November 1990.[11]

Communities[edit]

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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. ^ Long, John H. (2006). "Wyoming: Individual County Chronologies". Wyoming Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  4. ^ Urbanek, Mae (1988). Wyoming Place Names. Missoula, MT: Mountain Press Publishing Company. ISBN 0-87842-204-8. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Decennial Census Population for Wyoming Counties, Cities, and Towns". Wyoming Department of Administration & Information, Division of Economic Analysis. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  9. ^ "Mc Nutt CDP, Wyoming." United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on December 12, 2010.
  10. ^ "Wyoming Boys’ School." Wyoming Department of Family Services. Retrieved on August 22, 2010. "Wyoming Boys’ School 1550 Highway 20 South Worland, WY 82401"
  11. ^ "About the Department of Corrections." Wyoming Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 22, 2010.

Coordinates: 43°55′N 107°41′W / 43.91°N 107.68°W / 43.91; -107.68