State Population Growth Highest in Energy Producing Counties

State Population Growth Highest in Energy Producing Counties (Image courtesy of davidrumsey.com)
State Population Growth Highest in Energy Producing Counties (Image courtesy of davidrumsey.com)

Population growth in Wyoming over the past decade has been strongest in counties that produce energy, like Sublette and Campbell counties, according to a recent report issued by the University of Wyoming. The Cowboy State ranked 11th nationally when comparing population growth state-by-state during the period of 2000 through 2010.

Lead author of the report and professor of Agriculture and Applied Economics, David "Tex" Taylor, explains.

The UW Open Spaces Initiative released two new publications Tuesday that summarize the last decade of population and second home growth in Wyoming. The first publication examines population change at the state, county and city levels while the second looks in to the growth of the second home.

Sublette County also had the highest percentage of in-state second homes, including vacation or seasonal homes. Nearly 75-percent of all new second homes were in the state’s northwestern corner.

Taylor says understanding these trends is important in identifying problems or planning needs that need to be addressed, especially when different areas are experiencing such different rates of population growth or decline.

To learn more about the findings or to read the reports, visit http://www.uwyo.edu/enr/ruckelsh....

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