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Wyoming - state with least number of people

Updated on September 2, 2012

In the middle of the United States, you may not think there's any interesting facts about Wyoming. But Wyoming is where the Great Plains meets the Rocky Mountains and it is where the Continental Divide forks in an area known as the Great Divide Basin.

Wyoming is famous for its Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park which people from other states (and even all over the world) come and visit quite often. Yellowstone Lake is located within Yellowstone National Park. Jackson Lake is located within the Grand Teton's.

Between these two lakes and Wyoming's other waterways, Wyoming has 32 named islands as listed in Wikipedia.

The largest single mine in the United States is the North Antolope Rachelle near Gillette, Wyoming. In 2009, this mine produce over 100 million tons of coal, which is more coal produced than many coal-producing states.[reference]

Old Faithful in Wyoming

Within the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is a geyser named "Old Faithful" -- not a geezer but a geyser.

A geyser is a spring that intermittently erupts water turbulently and is followed by a steam phase. Old Faithful got its name because it is the most predictable geographical feature on earth -- erupting almost every 91 minutes (as of year 2012).

The time between eruptions have been increasing. It was erupting at on average every 66.5 minutes back in 1939.

Each eruption can expel 4000 to 8000 gallons of boiling water to a height of over 100 feet. So far more than 137,000 eruptions have been recorded.

Population of Wyoming

Of all the 50 states, Wyoming has the lowest population with 563,000 people. There is less people living in Wyoming than in Alaska which has a population of 710,000 people based on the 2010 Census.[1]

Although Alaska does have the least population density. Wyoming has the second least population density after Alaska.

You can read more about Alaska in another article.

Buford Wyoming in Aug 2006
Buford Wyoming in Aug 2006 | Source

Town of One

Buford, Wyoming is a town with a population of one (as of 2012) -- possibly the smallest town in the United State (apart from ghost towns). Although it was known that at some time in the past, the town had at least a population of 2 as seen in the street sign shown in the photo on the right, which was taken by someone on Flickr in August 2006.

In 2012 when the solo inhabitant Don Sammons retired from his unofficial title as mayor, the town was sold at an auction for $900,000. The new owner gets a three-bedroom home, a gas station, one convenience store, and a schoolhouse from 1905, as well as 10 acres of land. What a deal, right? [reference]

Devils Tower in Wyoming

Wyoming's First

The Wyoming territory granted women the right to vote in 1869. This was even before Wyoming was admitted to the Union in 1890. And hence Wyoming is known as the first state to allow women to vote.

Wyoming is also the first state to have a county public library system. In 1886, it organized the Laramie County Public Library System.

Wyoming has the first national park (that would be Yellowstone).

It also has the first national forest, and hence first ranger station. This being Shoshone National Forest established in 1891 and the Wapiti Ranger Station within it.

It also has the first national monument. That would be Devils Tower designated by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906.


Article was written July 2012 and information may be outdated by the time you read this. Facts were pulled from the Internet which may have the possibility of being incorrect.


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      Joseph A K Turner 5 years ago from West Yorkshire

      Ha won't of my books is based in Wyoming, in yellowstone, great hub!

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      BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

      @suzettenaples, they are called the Grand Tetons.

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      BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

      @billybuc, Vermont is the second least populous state...

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great article! I've been to Cheyenne, Wyoming. I didn't know Wyoming had islands! That is a great piece of trivia to know. This is such an interesting article on the state of Wyoming. I hope to get back there some day to see the Great Tetons. I've heard so much about them - or are they called the Grand Tetons? I can't remember; only that I want to see them. lol

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This is one of my favorite states; been there often and it never fails to amaze me. I did not know it had the smallest population; for some reason I thought that honor went to Vermont, where I have also lived. Can you tell I don't like crowds? LOL

      Great hub!