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Wyoming

Wyoming, the least populous U.S. state, covers 97,100 square miles, with a 2021 estimated population of 578,803 people – 398,385 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 2021 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 92.5% of the state's population is white, 1.3% is African-American, 1.1% is Asian, 2.7% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 10.1% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

Wyoming Rural Healthcare Facilities

16
Critical Access Hospitals
25
Rural Health Clinics
17
Federally Qualified Health Centers*
9
Short Term/PPS Hospitals*
*Sites located outside of Urbanized Areas according to data.HRSA.gov. April 2022.

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Wyoming

9.6% of Wyoming residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2020). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Wyomingites in 2020 was $61,855, with the rural per capita income at $62,222. The ERS reports, based on 2020 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Wyoming is 9.7%, compared with 8.3% in urban areas of the state. 6.6% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 6.1% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2016-2020 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Wyoming is 4.3%, and in urban Wyoming it is 4.9% (USDA-ERS, 2021).

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: 307.777.7293
Seeks to enhance access to healthcare services, 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: 12/9/2021