Weston County, Wyoming

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Weston County, Wyoming
Weston County Courthouse Wyoming.JPG
Weston County Courthouse in Newcastle
Map of Wyoming highlighting Weston County
Location in the U.S. state of Wyoming
Map of the United States highlighting Wyoming
Wyoming's location in the U.S.
Founded 1890
Seat Newcastle
Largest city Newcastle
Area
 • Total 2,400 sq mi (6,216 km2)
 • Land 2,398 sq mi (6,211 km2)
 • Water 1.9 sq mi (5 km2), 0.08%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 7,236
 • Density 3.0/sq mi (1/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website westongov.com

Weston County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,208.[1] Its county seat is Newcastle.[2] It is west from the South Dakota state line.

History[edit]

Weston County was created by the legislature of the Wyoming Territory on March 12, 1890. The county was created out of a portion of Crook County.[3]

Weston County was named for Jefferson B. Weston, who was a geologist and surveyor.[4] In 1887, Jefferson Weston and Frank Mondell found rich coal deposits north of Newcastle which caused a railroad to be built through the area.

In 1911, Campbell County was formed from portions of Weston County and Crook County. Since then, the boundaries of Weston County have been stable.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,400 square miles (6,200 km2), of which 2,398 square miles (6,210 km2) is land and 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) (0.08%) is water.[5]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 2,422
1900 3,203 32.2%
1910 4,960 54.9%
1920 4,631 −6.6%
1930 4,673 0.9%
1940 4,958 6.1%
1950 6,733 35.8%
1960 7,929 17.8%
1970 6,307 −20.5%
1980 7,106 12.7%
1990 6,518 −8.3%
2000 6,644 1.9%
2010 7,208 8.5%
Est. 2016 7,236 [6] 0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1870–2000[8] 2010–2016[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 6,644 people, 2,624 households, and 1,868 families residing in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 3,231 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.94% White, 0.12% Black or African American, 1.26% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.93% from other races, and 1.54% from two or more races. 2.06% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 33.0% were of German, 13.0% English, 8.9% Irish and 7.2% American ancestry.

There were 2,624 households out of which 31.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.40% were married couples living together, 7.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.80% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.10% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 26.70% from 45 to 64, and 15.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 103.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,348, and the median income for a family was $40,472. Males had a median income of $34,321 versus $18,640 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,366. About 6.30% of families and 9.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.30% of those under age 18 and 13.60% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 7,208 people, 3,021 households, and 1,957 families residing in the county.[10] The population density was 3.0 inhabitants per square mile (1.2/km2). There were 3,533 housing units at an average density of 1.5 per square mile (0.58/km2).[11] The racial makeup of the county was 95.5% white, 1.3% American Indian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.0% of the population.[10] In terms of ancestry, 31.7% were German, 19.3% were Irish, 18.5% were English, 6.6% were Norwegian, 6.1% were Swedish, and 5.6% were American.[12]

Of the 3,021 households, 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.2% were non-families, and 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.81. The median age was 42.3 years.[10]

The median income for a household in the county was $53,853 and the median income for a family was $63,438. Males had a median income of $53,095 versus $28,724 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,463. About 5.8% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.[13]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 86.0% 3,033 8.5% 299 5.5% 194
2012 84.0% 2,821 12.6% 422 3.5% 116
2008 77.2% 2,618 19.4% 658 3.5% 117
2004 80.8% 2,739 17.1% 580 2.2% 73
2000 82.4% 2,521 14.7% 449 2.9% 90
1996 55.6% 1,763 27.4% 871 17.0% 540
1992 48.4% 1,465 24.0% 727 27.6% 835
1988 73.0% 1,988 25.7% 699 1.4% 37
1984 83.6% 2,614 15.4% 482 1.0% 31
1980 74.7% 2,219 19.7% 584 5.6% 167
1976 65.2% 1,770 34.4% 934 0.4% 10
1972 78.5% 2,063 19.8% 520 1.8% 46
1968 63.1% 1,497 25.7% 610 11.2% 266
1964 50.9% 1,473 49.1% 1,419
1960 59.2% 1,743 40.8% 1,201
1956 64.1% 1,837 36.0% 1,031
1952 69.6% 1,931 30.3% 839 0.1% 4
1948 53.8% 962 46.0% 822 0.2% 4
1944 59.3% 1,097 40.7% 754
1940 56.6% 1,292 43.1% 985 0.3% 7
1936 47.2% 1,084 52.0% 1,193 0.8% 18
1932 35.8% 840 62.2% 1,459 2.0% 47
1928 61.3% 1,127 37.4% 688 1.3% 24
1924 45.4% 794 18.1% 317 36.6% 640
1920 68.7% 1,073 29.6% 463 1.7% 27
1916 49.9% 791 46.3% 734 3.9% 61
1912 34.4% 449 35.2% 459 30.4% 397
1908 58.5% 723 38.6% 478 2.9% 36
1904 77.7% 810 21.2% 221 1.2% 12
1900 61.9% 548 38.2% 338
1896 58.1% 451 41.1% 319 0.8% 6
1892 57.2% 294 0.0% 0 42.8% 220

The Wyoming Department of Corrections Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp & Boot Camp is located in Newcastle.[15][16] The facility was operated by the Wyoming Board of Charities and Reform until that agency was dissolved as a result of a state constitutional amendment passed in November 1990.[17]

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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. (2006). "Wyoming: Individual County Chronologies". Wyoming Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  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. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  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. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-12. 
  11. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-12. 
  12. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-12. 
  13. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-12. 
  14. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  15. ^ "Contact Institutions." Wyoming Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 22, 2010.
  16. ^ "Newcastle city, Wyoming." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on December 12, 2010.
  17. ^ "About the Department of Corrections." Wyoming Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 22, 2010.

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Coordinates: 43°50′N 104°34′W / 43.84°N 104.56°W / 43.84; -104.56