Wyoming Facts

Nestled among mountains Wyoming comes under the periphery of western USA. Majority of the western part of the state is filled up with rangeland and mountains and high prairie - a testament of its geographic diversity.

Quick Facts

Official Name Wyoming
Area97,814 sq mi (253,348 km2)
Population584,153 (2014 estimate)
Largest CityCheyenne
Official LanguagesEnglish
Time ZoneMountain: UTC -7/-6
GovernorMatt Mead
Lt. Governor--
U.S. SenatorJohn Barrasso, Mike Enzi
AbbreviationWY, US-WY
Joined the UnionJuly 10, 1890
NicknameCowboy State, Big Wyoming, Equality State
Highest PointGannett Peak
Lowest PointBelle Fourche River at South Dakota border
Official Websitewyoming.gov

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Location and Geography : Wyoming is a Mountain State located in the middle of the Rocky Mountain range, right between Colorado to the south and Montana to the north. It is famous for its naturally-occurring geysers, undisturbed ecosystems, and other phenomena.

Counties and Regions : Wyoming, which is one of only three states without natural landmark borders, is split into 23 large counties. Nearly half of the state’s land is owned and administered by the federal government. Here are just some of Wyoming’s many famous national parks, monuments, and historic sites:

  • Bighorn Canyon
  • Devil’s Tower
  • Flaming Gorge
  • Fort Laramie
  • Fossil Butte
  • Grand Teton
  • Independence Rock
  • Medicine Wheel
  • National Elk Refuge
  • Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge
  • Yellowstone Park

Population : Wyoming’s population, at a little more than 560,000 people, is the lowest in the country. Its population density is behind every other state but Alaska. Like other Mountain States, it has seen more people arriving than leaving in recent years.

Major Cities : Cheyenne is the capital of Wyoming, with a little more than 90,000 people found in its metropolitan area. Other relatively populous cities include Casper and Laramie.

Story Behind the Name : The state of Wyoming is in fact named after Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania, whose name came from a local Native American term meaning “at the big river flat.”

History and Colonization : Present-day Wyoming was only nominally explored by whites until the onset of the nineteenth century. Its mountainous location, extreme weather, and distance from major metropolitan areas made it inaccessible to any but the several Native American tribes that lived there. Spanish explorers barely brushed by the area, and French Canadian fur trappers conducted trade with the natives but did not found any major settlements. Lewis and Clark passed through on their fabled journey, and brought back tales of the Yellowstone region in particular that people back in their home states thought could be nothing but fiction.

It was the development of the Trans-Continental Railroad that changed everything for Wyoming. Settlers had passed through in the early and mid-nineteenth century on their way to Oregon Country, but the railroad made real population growth possible.
Wyoming never had the kind of precious metal finds that other states like Colorado did, but it was attractive to ranchers and farmers who wanted a challenge and a chance at cheap land prices. Tensions with the natives arose during this time, and they were eventually driven into reservations in the south of the state where their descendants remain to this day.

Wyoming was the first state to include women’s suffrage in its state constitution, and has since set many of the nation’s records for early female office-holders, including a woman state governor in 1924. The inclusion of women’s suffrage in the constitution, coupled with the low population of the state, made Wyoming’s admission into the United States a little controversial, eventually occurring in 1890. The exploration of the Yellowstone area of Wyoming yielded amazing natural discoveries, and the area was made into the first National Park in the history of the world in 1872.

Wyoming remains the least-populated state in the country, with fewer total people than reside in the national capital of Washington, D.C. Its history as a ranching and frontier state has created a rugged, independent-minded culture. Much of the state’s economy is either agricultural in nature or based on the tourist business that surrounds Yellowstone National Park. Because of Yellowstone and other natural phenomena, as well as issues over water rights, environmentalism is a major part of the state’s local politics.

More Wyoming Facts & Trivia

  1. In USA Wyoming is surrounded by the highest amount of states.
  2. When people get into Wyoming they are provided with mugs on a complimentary basis.
  3. The earliest indigenous tribes to have resided in Wyoming are Cheyenne, Sioux, Crow, Ute and Shoshone.
  4. Most of the Yellowstone National Park is in Wyoming but a few smaller parts are spread across Montana and Idaho. It is the earliest national park of USA and became so in 1872 when it was accorded the said status.
  5. Wyoming was sold to USA by France by way of the Louisiana Purchase that was enacted in 1803. The earliest Caucasian to have gone into the area a fur trapper named John Colter. It was he who made the world aware of the hot springs and geysers that were abundant in the Yellowstone area after going around the region in 1807.
  6. Nellie Tayloe Ross was the earliest woman to govern a state in USA. She rose to the said position in Wyoming in 1925.
  7. There is a word spoken by the Delaware tribe that means a land filled with huge plains. This term is the source of the Wyoming's name.
  8. One of the several nicknames of Wyoming is Equality State.
  9. Wyoming organizes the Yellowstone Jazz Festival.
  10. Indian paintbrush is Wyoming's officially recognized flower.
  11. Cookie cutters that are shaped like states are a huge hit in USA. Buyers prefer Wyoming the most after West Virginia that leads the popularity stakes.
  12. One of the names that were originally thought for Wyoming was West Dakota.
  13. Oregon Trail stretches across the state. Robert Stuart is credited for having founded the same in 1812-13. The earliest everlasting trading set up of the state was established in 1834 - it was named Fort Laramie. As per the Oregon Treaty that was signed in 1846 between UK and USA the latter got control of the state's western part. The Mexican War also reached its conclusion in 1848 thanks to the said agreement.
  14. Yellowstone National Park has the maximum number of geysers among fields that possess such geographic features.
  15. Women in Wyoming were the earliest in USA to have received suffrage rights. This happened after it was organized at a territorial level in 1869.
  16. Globally this state has the biggest reserves of sodium carbonate.
  17. Wyoming has a largely rural form of residential pattern - there are many small towns that farming and ranching opportunities, mining colonies and communities that enable residents to take part in recreational and outdoor activities.
  18. The aggregate area of Wyoming is 97,813 square miles.
  19. Cheyenne Christmas is staged in Wyoming.
  20. Triceratops is the officially approved dinosaur of the state.

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Last Updated on: October 3rd, 2017