Platte County, Wyoming

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Platte County, Wyoming
Map of Wyoming highlighting Platte County
Location in the U.S. state of Wyoming
Map of the United States highlighting Wyoming
Wyoming's location in the U.S.
Founded 1913
Named for North Platte River
Seat Wheatland
Largest town Wheatland
Area
 • Total 2,111 sq mi (5,467 km2)
 • Land 2,084 sq mi (5,398 km2)
 • Water 27 sq mi (70 km2), 1.3%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 8,680
 • Density 4.2/sq mi (2/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website plattecountywyoming.com

Platte County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,667.[1] Its county seat is Wheatland.[2]

History[edit]

Platte County was created February 21, 1911 with land detached from Laramie County and organized in 1913.[3] The county was named for the North Platte River, which flows through the northeastern part of the county.[4]

Presidential election results[5]
Year Democrat Republican
2016 16.12% 719 77.06% 3,437
2012 26.99% 1,223 69.21% 3,136
2008 30.86% 1,407 65.83% 3,002
2004 29.03% 1,328 68.85% 3,149
2000 28.56% 1,249 66.89% 2,925

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,111 square miles (5,470 km2), of which 2,084 square miles (5,400 km2) is land and 27 square miles (70 km2) (1.3%) is water.[6] It is the third-smallest county in Wyoming by area.

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Major Highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 7,421
1930 9,695 30.6%
1940 8,013 −17.3%
1950 7,925 −1.1%
1960 7,195 −9.2%
1970 6,486 −9.9%
1980 11,975 84.6%
1990 8,145 −32.0%
2000 8,807 8.1%
2010 8,667 −1.6%
Est. 2016 8,680 [7] 0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1870–2000[9] 2010–2016[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 8,807 people, 3,625 households, and 2,494 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 4,528 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.18% White, 0.16% Black or African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.69% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. 5.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 31.7% were of German, 13.4% Irish, 11.3% English and 7.5% American ancestry.

There were 3,625 households out of which 30.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.90% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 27.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 24.30% from 25 to 44, 27.30% from 45 to 64, and 16.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 97.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,866, and the median income for a family was $41,449. Males had a median income of $31,484 versus $19,635 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,530. About 8.50% of families and 11.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.90% of those under age 18 and 12.20% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 8,667 people, 3,838 households, and 2,505 families residing in the county.[11] The population density was 4.2 inhabitants per square mile (1.6/km2). There were 4,667 housing units at an average density of 2.2 per square mile (0.85/km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 95.4% white, 0.4% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 2.0% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 6.7% of the population.[11] In terms of ancestry, 45.3% were German, 21.1% were English, 17.3% were Irish, and 6.2% were American.[13]

Of the 3,838 households, 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.7% were non-families, and 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.76. The median age was 47.5 years.[11]

The median income for a household in the county was $42,947 and the median income for a family was $51,759. Males had a median income of $55,757 versus $29,366 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,185. About 6.1% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.2% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.[14]

Communities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ghost towns[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 75.9% 3,437 15.9% 719 8.2% 373
2012 69.2% 3,136 27.0% 1,223 3.8% 172
2008 65.8% 3,002 30.9% 1,407 3.3% 151
2004 68.9% 3,149 29.0% 1,328 2.1% 97
2000 66.9% 2,925 28.6% 1,249 4.6% 199
1996 48.9% 2,155 37.0% 1,631 14.1% 622
1992 41.2% 1,668 34.5% 1,398 24.3% 985
1988 59.2% 2,253 38.9% 1,482 1.9% 73
1984 68.3% 2,813 29.9% 1,232 1.8% 75
1980 57.2% 2,642 33.7% 1,555 9.1% 421
1976 53.5% 1,844 46.2% 1,593 0.4% 13
1972 70.4% 2,200 29.6% 925 0.1% 2
1968 54.4% 1,613 34.9% 1,035 10.8% 319
1964 43.8% 1,470 56.3% 1,890
1960 53.2% 1,771 46.8% 1,558
1956 55.2% 1,848 44.8% 1,499
1952 61.0% 2,148 38.7% 1,364 0.3% 12
1948 47.9% 1,366 51.4% 1,465 0.8% 22
1944 53.5% 1,776 46.5% 1,544
1940 48.5% 1,758 51.1% 1,849 0.4% 15
1936 45.4% 1,546 50.8% 1,730 3.8% 130
1932 39.5% 1,430 52.2% 1,893 8.3% 301
1928 67.8% 2,206 28.6% 932 3.6% 118
1924 49.6% 1,383 15.6% 436 34.8% 972
1920 65.7% 1,405 32.5% 694 1.9% 40
1916 36.7% 806 58.1% 1,276 5.2% 115
1912 28.3% 500 44.5% 785 27.2% 480

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., ed. (2004). "Wyoming: Individual County Chronologies". Wyoming Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ Urbanek, Mae (1988). Wyoming Place Names. Missoula, MT: Mountain Press Publishing Company. ISBN 0-87842-204-8. 
  5. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved June 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  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. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-12. 
  12. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-12. 
  13. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-12. 
  14. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-12. 
  15. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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