(WY News Service) -- A new report based on U.S. Census numbers says that rural Wyoming is lacking 20, 30 and 40-year-old residents.
The Center For Rural Affairs conducted the report. Report author and research director for the center Jon Bailey says that a statistic like this is not anticipated since Wyoming depends on an oil and gas production workforce.
With these missing groups being working-age, rural areas traditionally depend on the taxes they pay to support education and health care, for example. Bailey says his recommendation from the report would be that Wyoming needs to work on new ways to create “rural economic opportunities.” The report says those include renewable energy, broadband expansion, and ecotourism. The report adds that these will further support younger and older generations.
The report is titled Age Distribution on the Great Plains, and says that the trend isn't uncommon as the pattern can be seen across the region.