Wyoming’s population is growing faster than the nation’s.
The state’s population grew by 1,536 people between July 2020 and 2021, according to census bureau data.
This is an increase of 0.3%, higher than the national average of 0.1% during the same period.
The data also shows that more people have moved to Wyoming since July 2020. Year-on-year, 1,368 more people moved to the state than left, according to an announcement from the Economist. State, Dr. Wenlin Liu.
Between 2014 and 2019, Liu said, Wyoming saw more people leave than arrive in the state each year. While the state lost a network of 474 people in 2019, that trend reversed in 2020.
Lincoln County recorded the highest growth rate during this period, with a 2.4% increase from July 2020. The region is home to Kemmerer, the site of an advanced nuclear reactor project, and also home to 9% of working people in Teton County. based on a housing needs assessment for the region. Teton County is the most expensive place to live in Wyoming.
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Upstate counties also saw population growth. Sheridan County rose 2.1%, the data showed, and Crook and Johnson counties rose 1.9% each.
There was an increase of 1.5% in Park County and 1.4% in Big Horn County.
“Many people have chosen to move to less populated and lower cost areas during the pandemic, and the increased availability of remote work has made this possible,” Liu said.
The exception in the north is Campbell County, which lost 1.5% of its population according to census estimates. Last year the The New York Times reported that Gillette, the county seat, was among the 10 metropolitan areas in the United States whose population decline accelerated the most in the first year of the pandemic. Campbell County’s main economic driver is energy, and both coal and oil have suffered downturns during the pandemic.
Other counties that rely heavily on the energy industry also saw declines – Sweetwater County with a 1.3% drop, Weston with 0.9%, Natrona with 0.8% and Converse with 0.4%. Sublette and Hot Springs counties also lost population.
“The COVID-19 virus has hit energy production and utility areas particularly hard as demand has plummeted, and the industry’s rebound has been painfully slow, particularly in Wyoming,” Liu said.
There were 171 more births than deaths in Wyoming between July 2020 and July 2021, the data shows.
Liu said growth due to “natural change,” or births relative to deaths, has steadily declined over the past 12 years as birth rates decline and baby boomers continue to age.
An analysis of 2020 census data showed Wyoming had the slowest population growth of any western state in the previous decade and the seventh slowest in the nation. Census figures showed population growth in major Wyoming cities and decline in smaller towns.
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