Although the official U.S. Census only takes place every ten years with the last official numbers coming in 2010, the bureau still produces estimates on a yearly basis.
With 2016 number compiled the State of Wyoming is one of only eight states to actually lose population during 2016. The others included New Mexico, Kansas, New York, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Vermont, Illinois and West Virginia.
Wyoming’s population loss runs contrary to most of its neighbors. The State of Utah is the nation’s fastest growing state with a growth of 2.03% according to USA Today. Idaho is #3 on the list and Colorado is #7.
No county in Wyoming has been hit harder than Natrona County where there are more than 1,000 fewer residents than there was in the previous year. Campbell County also lost more than 200 residents. Both counties rely heavily on coal and oil jobs, both of which were hit hard in 2016.
Lincoln County is estimated to have a population of 19,110 residents at the end of 2016 according to American FactFinder. This represents in increase from 18,106 which were reported during the 2010 U.S. Census and also an increase from the estimated 18,757 reported in 2015.
Teton County also is experiencing growth while other counties in Wyoming shrink. Teton’s numbers are up nearly 2,000 residents over the past six years. To the south, Uinta County is down nearly 400 over that same time period.