JoCo Census: City, County and State Experience Growth

Buffalo's City Council
Buffalo's City Council

The population figures released earlier this month by the Federal Government show the City of Buffalo, Johnson County, and the State of Wyoming recorded exceptional growth during the last decade.

The State's population grew by 69,844 to reach 563,626 as of April 1, 2010. Johnson County grew by 1,494 people to reach 8,569, an increase of 21.1 percent. Buffalo also grew by 685 people, up from 3,900 in 2000 to 4,585 in 2010, also a double-digit increase of 17.6 percent. Kaycee grew from 249 to reach 263 persons in 2010.

With Buffalo's population over 4,500 people, there is now the question of whether or not the city should seek First-Class status.

City Planner Zach Montgomery said the city is looking into the possibility.

Becoming a First-Class city would open the door for more state and Federal funding, but may require changes to city government to implement. City Attorney Ben Kirven and the city council will be looking into their options, he said.

For more in-depth information on the Census, go to eadiv.state.wy.us or www.census.gov

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