Sublette County, Wyoming

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Sublette County, Wyoming
Overlooking Pinedale, WY from the east in the winter, Dec 2016.jpg
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Location within the U.S. state of Wyoming
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FoundedFebruary 15, 1921(authorized)
1923 (organized)
Named forWilliam Sublette
SeatPinedale
Largest townPinedale
Area
 • Total4,936 sq mi (12,784 km2)
 • Land4,887 sq mi (12,657 km2)
 • Water49 sq mi (127 km2), 1.0%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)9,799
 • Density2.0/sq mi (0.8/km2)
Congressional districtAt-large
Time zoneMountain: UTC−7/−6
Websitewww.sublettewyo.com

Sublette County is a county in the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 10,247.[1] The county seat is Pinedale.[2] It is a sparsely populated rural county in western Wyoming, along the Green River.

History[edit]

Sublette County was created February 15, 1921, of land partitioned from Fremont and Lincoln counties. Its governing organization was completed by 1923.[3] Before settlement, the western Wyoming mountains were traversed and harvested by fur trappers and traders. Sublette County is named for one of those early characters, William Lewis Sublette.[4] Today the county celebrates its fur trade heritage with the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale.

Geography[edit]

Wind River Range from US 191 just south of Daniel, Wyoming

According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,936 square miles (12,780 km2), of which 4,887 square miles (12,660 km2) is land and 49 square miles (130 km2) (1.0%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

At present, Bridger National Forest and Teton National Forest are administratively combined into the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Sublette County contains portions of both original forests.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19301,944
19402,77842.9%
19502,481−10.7%
19603,77852.3%
19703,755−0.6%
19804,54821.1%
19904,8436.5%
20005,92022.2%
201010,24773.1%
Est. 2019,799[6]−4.4%
US Decennial Census[7]
1870–2000[8] 2010–2016[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[9] there were 5,920 people, 2,371 households, and 1,707 families in the county. Since 2000, however, an oil boom has increased the population significantly. The population density was 1.2 person per square mile (0.5/km²). There were 3,552 housing units at an average density of 0.7 per square mile (0.3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.48% White, 0.20% Black or African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.52% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. 1.89% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 21.7% were of German, 17.5% English, 11.0% American and 10.1% Irish ancestry.

There were 2,371 households out of which 32.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.30% were married couples living together, 5.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.00% were non-families. 23.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.50% 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 2.91.

The county population contained 25.80% under the age of 18, 6.00% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 28.70% from 45 to 64, and 12.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 104.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,044, and the median income for a family was $45,000. Males had a median income of $35,000 versus $21,109 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,056. About 7.40% of families and 9.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.40% of those under age 18 and 8.70% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,247 people, 3,906 households, and 2,594 families in the county.[10] The population density was 2.1 inhabitants per square mile (0.81/km2). There were 5,770 housing units at an average density of 1.2 per square mile (0.46/km2).[11] The racial makeup of the county was 93.2% white, 0.8% American Indian, 0.5% Asian, 0.3% black or African American, 3.7% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 6.9% of the population.[10] In terms of ancestry, 31.8% were German, 22.0% were English, 11.3% were Irish, 6.3% were American, and 5.1% were Scottish.[12]

Of the 3,906 households, 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.6% were non-families, and 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.99. The median age was 38.3 years.[10]

The median income for a household in the county was $70,147 and the median income for a family was $81,389. Males had a median income of $51,125 versus $31,940 for females. The per capita income for the county was $31,433. About 2.7% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 1.1% of those age 65 or over.[13]

Communities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated community[edit]

Government and politics[edit]

Like most of Wyoming, Sublette County is overwhelmingly Republican. Since it was created in 1921, the solitary Democrat to carry the county was Franklin D. Roosevelt, who won a majority against Herbert Hoover in 1932 and a twenty-nine vote plurality against Alf Landon four years later. Since 1968 no Democrat has reached twenty-nine percent of Sublette County’s ballots, and the only occasions a Republican has failed to pass seventy percent were when Ross Perot took substantial numbers of votes in 1992 and 1996.

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 77.7% 3,409 14.7% 644 7.7% 337
2012 79.3% 3,472 17.5% 767 3.1% 137
2008 76.1% 3,316 21.5% 936 2.4% 104
2004 78.0% 2,847 20.0% 730 2.0% 74
2000 81.6% 2,624 14.2% 458 4.2% 134
1996 62.2% 1,829 23.0% 677 14.9% 437
1992 45.4% 1,168 20.8% 536 33.8% 870
1988 72.8% 1,636 25.6% 576 1.6% 35
1984 82.5% 1,976 16.2% 389 1.3% 31
1980 73.9% 1,538 17.2% 357 9.0% 187
1976 70.3% 1,284 28.9% 528 0.8% 14
1972 81.6% 1,348 18.4% 304 0.1% 1
1968 68.3% 1,152 18.4% 310 13.4% 226
1964 53.2% 900 46.8% 791
1960 60.2% 978 39.8% 646
1956 72.0% 901 28.0% 351
1952 74.5% 1,013 25.3% 344 0.2% 2
1948 55.2% 622 44.1% 496 0.7% 8
1944 59.2% 683 40.8% 470
1940 55.0% 771 44.7% 627 0.3% 4
1936 47.7% 638 49.9% 667 2.5% 33
1932 43.7% 512 54.0% 633 2.3% 27
1928 64.0% 573 35.3% 316 0.7% 6
1924 67.4% 570 21.6% 183 11.0% 93

Sublette County is managed by a county commission with three members. In 2011, Sublette County residents petitioned voters to approve an increase in this number to five as allowed under Wyoming law. The ballot initiative passed and five commissioners were to be seated during the 2012 election cycle.[16]

In early 2012, another ballot initiative was presented to voters requesting their approval to decrease the number of county commissioners back to three even before seating the two additional commissioners. This second special election, held on May 8, 2012, returned the commission to its previous number of three.[17]

Media references[edit]

  • In 2007, The New Yorker reported on the rising crime rate, influx of roughnecks and methamphetamine, the decline in ranching, and environmental damage associated with the county's oil boom.[18]
  • In 1965, The New Yorker described a trip along the Green River that set out from the Circle S Ranch in Cora.[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  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 Pub. Co. ISBN 0-87842-204-8.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  7. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  8. ^ "Historical Decennial Census Population for Wyoming Counties, Cities, and Towns". Wyoming Department of Administration & Information, Division of Economic Analysis. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  10. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  11. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  12. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  13. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  14. ^ Calpet WY Google Maps (accessed 13 January 2019)
  15. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  16. ^ "Sublette County voters expand county commission". News Article. Billings Gazette. August 2011. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  17. ^ "The Three's Have It In Sublette County". News Article. Sublette Times. May 2012. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  18. ^ Fuller, Alexandra Letter from Wyoming: Boomtown Blues, The New Yorker p. 35 (February 5, 2007)
  19. ^ Roueche, Berton, Reporter at Large: Something About a River, The New Yorker p. 105 (October 23, 1965)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°46′N 109°55′W / 42.76°N 109.92°W / 42.76; -109.92