CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - New U.S. Census figures show that Wyoming's population grew a fair amount faster than the national average from 2000 to 2010. Wyoming remains the least populated state and still ranks second only to Alaska for its low population density.
The census data show Wyoming with 563,626 people in 2010, up 14.1 percent from the count of 493,782 people in 2000. The total U.S. population increased 9.7 percent over the same 10-year period. Wyoming has an average of just 5.8 people per square mile. Only Alaska is less densely populated, with just 1.2 people per square mile. The average U.S. population density is 87.4 people per square mile - about 15 times as many people per square mile as in Wyoming.