Sublette County, Wyoming
|Sublette County, Wyoming|
Location in the U.S. state of Wyoming
Wyoming's location in the U.S.
|Named for||William Sublette|
|• Total||4,936 sq mi (12,784 km2)|
|• Land||4,887 sq mi (12,657 km2)|
|• Water||49 sq mi (127 km2), 1.0%|
|• Density||2.1/sq mi (0.8/km2)|
|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. The county seat is Pinedale. 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. 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 Lewis Sublette. Today the county celebrates its fur trade heritage with the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale.
- Fremont County (east)
- Sweetwater County (southeast)
- Lincoln County (southwest)
- Teton County (northwest)
National protected areas
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.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census 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.
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.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,247 people, 3,906 households, and 2,594 families residing in the county. 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). 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. 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.
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.
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.
Government and politics
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.
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.
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.
- 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).
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