Albany County, Wyoming

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Albany County
Albany County Courthouse
Albany County Courthouse
Flag of Albany County
Flag
Map of Wyoming highlighting Albany County
Location within the U.S. state of Wyoming
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Wyoming's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 41°39′N 105°44′W / 41.65°N 105.74°W / 41.65; -105.74
Country United States
State Wyoming
FoundedDecember 16, 1868
Named forAlbany, New York
SeatLaramie
Largest cityLaramie
Area
 • Total4,309 sq mi (11,160 km2)
 • Land4,274 sq mi (11,070 km2)
 • Water35 sq mi (90 km2)  0.8%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total36,299
 • Estimate 
(2018)
38,601
 • Density8.4/sq mi (3.3/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional districtAt-large
Websitewww.co.albany.wy.us
Morton Pass (SR34) (7,360' ASL)

Albany County (/ˈɔːlbəni/ (About this soundlisten) AWL-bə-nee) is a county in the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 36,299.[1] Its county seat is Laramie,[2] the site of the University of Wyoming. Its south border lies on the northern Colorado state line.

Albany County comprises the Laramie, WY Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Albany County was organized in 1868 of territory annexed from Laramie County in Dakota Territory, which at the time had jurisdiction over part of modern-day Wyoming.[3] It became a county in Wyoming Territory when that territory's government was formally organized on May 19, 1869.[4][5]

Charles D. Bradley, a member of the legislature of the Dakota Territory named the county for Albany, New York, the capital of his native state.[6] In 1875, the Wyoming Territorial legislature authorized portions of Albany County to be annexed to create Crook and Johnson counties, and in 1888 land was taken from Albany County for the creation of Converse County. Further adjustments were made to the county's boundary in 1911 and 1955.

Geography[edit]

According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,309 square miles (11,160 km2), of which 4,274 square miles (11,070 km2) is land and 35 square miles (91 km2) (0.8%) is water.[7]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18702,021
18804,626128.9%
18908,86591.6%
190013,08447.6%
191011,574−11.5%
19209,283−19.8%
193012,04129.7%
194013,94615.8%
195019,05536.6%
196021,29011.7%
197026,43124.1%
198029,06210.0%
199030,7976.0%
200032,0144.0%
201036,29913.4%
Est. 201838,601[8]6.3%
US Decennial Census[9]
1870–2000[10] 2010–2016[1]

2000 census[edit]

At the 2000 United States Census,[11] there were 32,014 people, 13,269 households and 7,006 families in the county. The population density was 8 per square mile (3/km²). There were 15,215 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.32% White, 1.11% Black or African American, 0.95% Native American, 1.7% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.65% from other races, and 2.22% from two or more races. 7.49% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.4% were of German, 11.1% English, 10.2% Irish and 6.1% American ancestry.

There were 13,269 households of which 23.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.0% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.2% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.84.

The county population contained 18.4% of the population under the age of 18, 28.2% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 19.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 106.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.4 males.

The median household income was $28,790 and the median family income was $44,334. Males had a median income of $31,087 compared with $22,061 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,706. About 10.8% of families and 21.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.7% of those under the age of 18 and 8.8% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 36,299 people, 15,691 households, and 7,430 families in the county.[12] The population density was 8.5 inhabitants per square mile (3.3/km2). There were 17,939 housing units at an average density of 4.2 per square mile (1.6/km2).[13] The racial makeup of the county was 90.1% white, 2.8% Asian, 1.2% black or African American, 0.7% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 2.4% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 8.8% of the population.[12] In terms of ancestry, 31.2% were German, 15.3% were Irish, 12.5% were English, and 4.4% were American.[14]

Of the 15,691 households, 21.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.9% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 52.6% were non-families, and 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.84. The median age was 26.8 years.[12]

The median income for a household in the county was $42,890 and the median income for a family was $70,054. Males had a median income of $43,484 versus $33,512 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,622. About 7.2% of families and 21.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.[15]

Communities[edit]

Lincoln Monument, near Laramie, off Interstate 80

City[edit]

Town[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Owing to the presence of a substantial student body at the University of Wyoming, Albany County voters have selected the Democratic Party candidate in national elections more often than the state as a whole. Since 1892 the county has selected the Republican Party candidate in 63% of national elections (up to 2016).

Presidential election results
Presidential election results[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 44.6% 7,602 40.4% 6,890 15.1% 2,568
2012 48.3% 7,866 45.8% 7,458 6.0% 976
2008 46.4% 7,936 50.5% 8,644 3.1% 537
2004 54.2% 9,006 42.8% 7,117 3.0% 501
2000 55.2% 7,814 35.8% 5,069 9.0% 1,268
1996 42.8% 5,967 45.9% 6,399 11.3% 1,570
1992 32.5% 4,176 44.4% 5,713 23.1% 2,978
1988 49.9% 5,653 48.4% 5,486 1.7% 196
1984 60.4% 7,452 38.1% 4,708 1.5% 186
1980 50.6% 5,830 32.7% 3,772 16.7% 1,925
1976 57.9% 6,734 40.1% 4,663 1.9% 225
1972 58.9% 7,021 40.9% 4,873 0.2% 23
1968 48.7% 4,422 44.9% 4,079 6.4% 578
1964 32.7% 2,923 67.3% 6,019
1960 50.4% 4,356 49.6% 4,282
1956 55.9% 4,315 44.1% 3,407
1952 59.6% 4,560 40.3% 3,082 0.1% 10
1948 47.3% 2,858 52.0% 3,141 0.8% 46
1944 47.9% 2,970 52.1% 3,229
1940 40.5% 2,756 59.1% 4,018 0.4% 30
1936 32.1% 1,777 66.5% 3,685 1.4% 77
1932 43.1% 2,281 50.4% 2,665 6.5% 343
1928 64.1% 2,941 35.3% 1,618 0.6% 27
1924 47.7% 2,164 16.4% 743 35.9% 1,628
1920 59.2% 1,769 38.3% 1,145 2.5% 76
1916 43.8% 1,313 52.5% 1,571 3.7% 111
1912 32.8% 882 38.8% 1,044 28.5% 767
1908 49.7% 1,335 42.9% 1,152 7.3% 197
1904 63.4% 1,674 26.7% 706 9.9% 260
1900 60.6% 1,540 39.4% 1,001
1896 52.7% 1,220 46.4% 1,073 1.0% 22
1892 49.5% 1,100 50.5% 1,123

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ General Laws and Memorials and Resolutions of the Territory of Dakota, 1869 at Google Books
  4. ^ Long, John H. (2006). "Wyoming: Individual County Chronologies". Wyoming Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2011.
  5. ^ Long, John H. (2006). "Dakota Territory, South Dakota, and North Dakota: Individual County Chronologies". Dakota Territory Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. Archived from the original on November 12, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  6. ^ Urbanek, Mae (1988). Wyoming Place Names. Missoula MT: Mountain Press Publishing Co. ISBN 0-87842-204-8.
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  9. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  10. ^ "Historical Decennial Census Population for Wyoming Counties, Cities, and Towns". Wyoming Department of Administration & Information, Division of Economic Analysis. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  12. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  13. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  14. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  15. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 5, 2018.

Coordinates: 41°39′N 105°44′W / 41.65°N 105.74°W / 41.65; -105.74