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Wyoming

Wyoming, the least populous U.S. state, covers 97,100 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 579,315 people – 401,441 living in rural Wyoming (USDA-ERS). Cheyenne, the capital and largest city, is located in the southeastern region of the state. The state's other large cities include Casper, Laramie, and Gillette. According to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 92.8% of the state’s population is white, 1.3% is African-American, 1.0% is Asian, 2.7% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 10.0% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

Wyoming Rural Healthcare Facilities

Wyoming Rural Healthcare Facilities map

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According to data.HRSA.gov, as of July 2018 Wyoming had:

  • 16 Critical Access Hospitals
  • 21 Rural Health Clinics
  • 12 Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of Urbanized Areas
  • 10 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Wyoming

12% of Wyoming residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2017). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Wyomingites in 2016 was $55,116, with rural per capita income lagging at $53,622. The ERS reports, based on 2017 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Wyoming is 11.8%, compared with 10.4% in urban areas of the state. 7.7% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 7.5% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2012-2016 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Wyoming is 4.1%, and in urban Wyoming it is 4.4% (USDA-ERS, 2017).

For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.


Data Sources
Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets

Contacts

Wyoming Office of Rural Health
Phone: 307.777.8696
Seeks to enhance access to healthcare service, support the development of an adequate healthcare workforce, and promote collaboration in expanding comprehensive, community-based healthcare in rural Wyoming.
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Last Reviewed: 12/30/2016