Responding to the U.S. Census determines the congressional representation for states as well as determining monetary amounts needed to help fund those areas.
Residents of Wyoming should continue to encourage their friends and neighbors to self-respond as soon as possible to the 2020 Census, according to a U.S. Census Bureau press release.
The statewide response rate hovers at 56.1%, which puts Wyoming about five percent behind the national average of 61.9%.
Responding to the 2020 Census is critical for the future of all Wyomingites, according to the release. Census data informs how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed for health clinics, school lunch programs, disaster recovery initiatives and other critical programs and services for the next decade.
Wyoming residents can still respond online, by phone, or by mail – all without having to meet a census taker.
Visit the Census Bureau’s online response rate map, which shows response rates by state, city, county and census tract.
Households in Wyoming who have yet to respond to the census by mid-August 2020 will receive a visit from a census taker, who will assist them in responding.
Wyoming will celebrate its 130th statehood birthday this Friday, July 10th, so to honor this momentous birthday, the U.S. Census Bureau takes a look back at some census data from the 1920 and 1970 decennial counts.
1920 Census Results for Wyoming:
Population for State of Wyoming – 194,402
44.4% of Population in Wyoming were 20 to 44 years of age
Largest County was Laramie County, with total population of 20,699 residents
Smallest County was Washakie County, with total population of 3,106 residents
Five Largest Wyoming Population Locations in 1920:
Cheyenne – 13,829
Casper – 11, 447
Sheridan – 9,175
Rock Springs – 6,456
Laramie – 6,301
1970 Census Results for Wyoming:
Population for State of Wyoming – 332,416
Largest County was Laramie County, with total population of 56,360 residents
Smallest County was Niobrara County, with total population of 2,924 residents
Five Largest Wyoming Population Locations in 1970:
Cheyenne – 40,914
Casper – 39,361
Laramie – 23,143
Rock Springs – 11,657
Sheridan – 10,856