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Facts about Wyoming

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Statehood:  July 10, 1890, the 44th state.

Capital:  Cheyenne

Total Area:  9th among states, 253,347 sq km (97,818 sq mi)

Water Area:  1,849 sq km (714 sq mi)

Highest Point:  Gannett Peak 4,207 m (13,804 ft)

Total Population:  51st among states
2010 census - 

Population Density in 2010:  5.8 people per sq mi

Distribution in 2000:  67.1% Urban, 32.9% Rural

Gross State Product - $38.2 billion (2010)
Personal income per Capita - $45,705 (2009)

Largest cities in 2010:  
Cheyenne:  59,466
Casper:  55,316
Laramie:  30,816

  • After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, people of Japanese descent living on the Pacific Coast were relocated to the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming.

  • In 1925 Nellie Tayloe Ross was elected governor of Wyoming, becoming the nation's first woman governor.

  • The restored Wyoming Territorial Prison in Laramie is a popular attraction for visitors with an interest in the Old West.

  • Wyoming ranks second in wool production, and has over 810,000 sheep.

  • The flag of Wyoming is a bison (or buffalo) with a seal on it. If you look closely at the seal, you will see that it represents the custom of branding.

  • Wyoming was acquired as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.

  • Devils Tower was designated as the first National Monument (1906)

  • Wyoming is the 9th largest state, but has the fewest people (475,000).

  • Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote.

  • Yellowstone is the first official National Park (1872)

  • The JCPenney stores were started in Kemmerer.

  • Cody Wyoming is named after William "Buffalo Bill" Cody.

  • The largest coal mine in the USA is Black Thunder located near Wright.