Sublette County, Wyoming

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Sublette County, Wyoming
Map of Wyoming highlighting Sublette County
Location in the state of Wyoming
Map of the United States highlighting Wyoming
Wyoming's location in the U.S.
Founded 1923
Named for William Sublette
Seat Pinedale
Largest town Pinedale
 • Total 4,936 sq mi (12,784 km2)
 • Land 4,887 sq mi (12,657 km2)
 • Water 49 sq mi (127 km2), 1.0%
 • (2010) 10,247
 • Density 2.1/sq mi (1/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6

Sublette County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of the 2010 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.


Sublette County was created February 15, 1921, with land detached from Fremont County and Lincoln County, and organized in 1923.[3] Historically, the area was important to the fur trade, and the county itself takes its name from one of Wyoming's early fur traders, William L. Sublette.[4] Today the county celebrates its fur trade heritage with the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale.


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

According to the U.S. 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]

Although the Bridger National Forest and the Teton National Forest have been administratively combined into the Bridger-Teton National Forest, it is important to note that the county contains portions of both original forests.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 1,944
1940 2,778 42.9%
1950 2,481 −10.7%
1960 3,778 52.3%
1970 3,755 −0.6%
1980 4,548 21.1%
1990 4,843 6.5%
2000 5,920 22.2%
2010 10,247 73.1%
Est. 2014 10,057 [6] −1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1870–2000[8] 2010–2014[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 5,920 people, 2,371 households, and 1,707 families residing in the county. Since 2000, however, an oil boom has increased the population by at least 1,000. The population density was 1 person per square mile (0/km²). There were 3,552 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/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 according to Census 2000.

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.

In the county the population was spread out with 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.


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.[10]

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 number of commissioners on the council back to the original number of three.[11]



Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated community[edit]

Media references[edit]

  • In 2007, Alexandra Fuller reported on the rising crime rate, influx of roughnecks and methamphetamine, the decline in ranching, and environmental damage associated with recent oil boom. See Fuller, Alexandra Letter from Wyoming: Boomtown Blues, The New Yorker p. 35 (February 5, 2007).
  • In 1965, Berton Roueché described his wonderful trip along the Green River that set out from the Circle S Ranch in Cora, Wyoming in Subletter County with the ranch's foreman Thomas Scholebo. See Roueche, Berton, Reporter at Large: Something About a River, The New Yorker p. 105 (October 23, 1965).

See also[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. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States 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". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  10. ^ "Sublette County voters expand county commission". News Article. Billings Gazette. August 2011. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  11. ^ "The Three's Have It In Sublette County". News Article. Sublette Times. May 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 

External links[edit]

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