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County population up by 1.1 percent since 2010 census

Apr 29, 2012 - Staff

Fremont County's population grew by 456 in the year following the official U.S. Census.

The newest population estimate for the county by the U.S. Census Bureau placed the county's population at 40.579 as of July 1, 2011. The official population from the 2010 census, recorded as of April 1 of that year, was 40,123.

Unlike the official census head counts every 10 years, the intervening population estimates are based on reported births and deaths in the county, plus verifiable evidence of migration to and from the county during the observed period.

With a growth rate of 1.1 percent, Fremont County grew at the seventh-fastest rate of Wyoming's 23 counties, trailing Goshen County (Torrington), which grew 2.2 percent, Albany County (Laramie) at 1.6 percent, Platte County (Wheatland) at 1.5 percent, Park County (Cody) at 1.4 percent, and Teton (Jackson) and Natrona (Casper) counties, each of which posted growth rates of 1.2 percent.

The estimates are for county populations only. Individual cities were not separated from the county totals.

Of the counties that grew faster than Fremont, only Natrona County has a larger population (75,450)). And just four of the 15 growth counties had actual population increases bigger than Fremont County's -- Laramie County (Cheyenne) at 942 people, Natrona County (916), Albany County (590) and Campbell County (Gillette) at 485.

Laramie County's growth rate was 1.0 percent, Campbell County's 1.1 percent.

Fremont County reported 763 births during the period, fifth-most in the state behind Laramie County's 1,582, Natrona County's 1,286, Campbell County's 963 and Sweetwater County's (Rock Springs) 824. Sweetwater's growth rate was .8 percent with a population of 43,806.

But Fremont County also reported 470 deaths, third-highest in the state. Only Laramie County with 880 deaths and Natrona with 834 exceeded Fremont County's death figure.

Eight counties in the state experienced population losses in the year following the census, including several of Fremont County's bordering neighbors.

Hot Springs County (Thermo-polis) shrank 0.3 percent to a population of 4,799, a loss of 10 residents. In Washakie County (Worland), a corner of which touches a corner of Fremont County, the decrease was 46 residents, or 0.8 percent, to an estimated population of 8,487.

And in Sublette County (Pinedale) to the west, the estimated population shrank 1 percent, or 91 residents, to stand at 10,247.

The counties with the biggest population decreases were Carbon County (Rawlins) and Uinta County (Evanston), both at -0.8 percent. Uinta County lost 132 residents to 20.985, and Converse County fell by 75 to 13,755.

Wyoming's statewide growth rate was 0.8 percent, up an estimated 4,531 people to 568,158 as of July 1.

The census bureau said that was the slowest growth rate of any year since 2001 in Wyoming.

Head counts

Wyoming's 10 largest counties by population

1. Laramie County 92,680

2. Natrona County 76,366

3. Campell County 46,618

4. Sweetwater County 44,175

5. Fremont County 40,579

6. Albany County 36,889

7. Sheridan County 29,239

8. Park County 28,592

9. Teton County 21,548

10. Uinta County 20,985

(U.S. Census Bureau estimate

as of July 1, 2011)

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