Laramie County, Wyoming
|Laramie County, Wyoming|
The City and County Building at Cheyenne in 1981
Location in the U.S. state of Wyoming
Wyoming's location in the U.S.
|Founded||January 9, 1867|
|Named for||Jacques La Ramee|
|• Total||2,688 sq mi (6,962 km2)|
|• Land||2,686 sq mi (6,957 km2)|
|• Water||1.6 sq mi (4 km2), 0.06%|
|• Density||36/sq mi (14/km2)|
|Time zone||Mountain: UTC−7/−6|
Laramie County is a county in the southeastern corner of the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of the 2010 census, the population was 91,738, making it the most populous county in Wyoming, but also the least populous county in the United States to be the most populous county in a state. The county seat is Cheyenne, the state capital. The county lies west of the Nebraska state line and north of the Colorado state line.
Laramie county comprises the Cheyenne, WY Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Laramie County was originally created in 1867 as a county within the Dakota Territory. The county was named for Jacques La Ramee, a French-Canadian fur-trader. In late 1867, Laramie County lost territory when Sweetwater County was created.
In 1868, Laramie County also lost territory when Albany County and Carbon County were created. Laramie County became a county in the Wyoming Territory when the territorial government was formed in 1869. Crook County was created with land ceded by Laramie County in 1875. A few years later in 1888, Converse County was also formed from a portion of Laramie County. In 1911, Goshen and Platte Counties were formed from another part of Laramie County, and at that point the county achieved its current boundaries.
Many of the early occupations in the county were agriculturally based. The best known example would have to be Cattle farming; the Wyoming Stock Growers Association is one remaining example of this. However other animals were also raised.
- Goshen County (north-northeast)
- Banner County, Nebraska (northeast)
- Kimball County, Nebraska (east)
- Weld County, Colorado (south)
- Larimer County, Colorado (southwest)
- Albany County (west)
- Platte County (north-northwest)
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, Laramie County had 81,607 people, 31,927 households, and 21,614 families. The population density was 30 people per square mile (12/km²). The county had 34,213 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.92% White, 2.60% Black or African American, 0.85% Native American, 0.95% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 4.00% from other races, and 2.57% from two or more races. 10.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.7% were of German, 11.1% English, 10.3% Irish and 7.4% American ancestry.
As of the 2000 census, Laramie County had 31,927 households of which 33.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.90% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 27.20% of all households were made up of a single individual and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the county, the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 30.50% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 11.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, the county had 100.90 males. For every 100 females aged 18 and over, the county had 100.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $39,607, and the median income for a family was $46,536. Males had a median income of $31,644 versus $24,406 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,634. About 6.50% of families and 9.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.00% of those under age 18 and 6.50% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 91,738 people, 37,576 households, and 24,340 families residing in the county. The population density was 34.2 inhabitants per square mile (13.2/km2). There were 40,462 housing units at an average density of 15.1 per square mile (5.8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 88.5% white, 2.5% black or African American, 1.1% Asian, 1.0% American Indian, 0.2% Pacific islander, 3.8% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 13.1% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 29.5% were German, 15.5% were Irish, 12.7% were English, and 4.9% were American.
Of the 37,576 households, 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.2% were non-families, and 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.95. The median age was 37.0 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $52,824 and the median income for a family was $64,589. Males had a median income of $44,001 versus $32,882 for females. The per capita income for the county was $27,406. About 6.7% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.
- Cheyenne (county seat)
Politics and Government
Laramie County is strongly Republican having not backed the Democratic presidential candidate since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. In 2016 Hillary Clinton managed to win just 28.3 percent of the vote in the county, the lowest total of any presidential candidate in Laramie since John W. Davis in 1924, when a large proportion of liberal voters defected to Robert La Follette senior.
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