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Albany County
Albany County Courthouse
Albany County Courthouse
Map of Wyoming highlighting Albany County
Location within the U.S. state of Wyoming
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Wyoming's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Wyoming
Founded December 16, 1868
Named for Albany, New York
Seat Laramie
Largest city Laramie
Area
 • Total 4,309 sq mi (11,160 km2)
 • Land 4,274 sq mi (11,070 km2)
 • Water 35 sq mi (90 km2)  0.8%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 36,299
 • Estimate 
(2020)
38,950
 • Density 8.4240/sq mi (3.2525/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district At-large

Albany County ( awl--nee) is a county in the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 37,066. Its county seat is Laramie, the site of the University of Wyoming. Its south border lies on the northern Colorado state line.

Albany County comprises the Laramie, WY Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is the fifth-most populous county in Wyoming.

History

Albany County was organized December 16, 1868, from Laramie County in Dakota Territory, which at the time had jurisdiction over part of modern-day Wyoming. It became a county in Wyoming Territory when that territory's government was formally organized on May 19, 1869.

Charles D. Bradley, a member of the legislature of the Dakota Territory named the county for Albany, New York, the capital of his native state. In 1875, Albany County lost territory when Crook County and Johnson County were created by the legislature of the Wyoming Territory. Converse County was created with land ceded by Albany County in 1888. The boundaries of the county were final at that time except for minor adjustments in 1911 and 1955.

Presidential election results
Year Democratic Republican
2016 40.4% 6,890 44.6% 7,602
2012 45.8% 7,458 48.3% 7,866
2008 50.5% 8,644 46.4% 7,936
2004 42.8% 7,117 54.2% 9,006
2000 35.8% 5,069 55.2% 7,814
1996 45.9% 6,399 42.8% 5,967
1992 44.4% 5,713 32.5% 4,176
1988 48.4% 5,486 49.9% 5,653
1984 38.1% 4,708 60.4% 7,452
1980 32.7% 3,772 50.6% 5,830
1976 40.1% 4,663 57.9% 6,734
1972 40.9% 4,873 58.9% 7,021
1968 44.9% 4,079 48.7% 4,422
1964 67.3% 6,019 32.7% 2,923
1960 49.6% 4,282 50.4% 4,356

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,309 square miles (11,160 km2), of which 4,274 square miles (11,070 km2) is land and 35 square miles (91 km2) (0.8%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Major highways

  • I-80.svg Interstate 80
  • US 30.svg U.S. Highway 30
  • US 287.svg U.S. Highway 287
  • WYO 230
  • WYO 130

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 2,021
1880 4,626 128.9%
1890 8,865 91.6%
1900 13,084 47.6%
1910 11,574 −11.5%
1920 9,283 −19.8%
1930 12,041 29.7%
1940 13,946 15.8%
1950 19,055 36.6%
1960 21,290 11.7%
1970 26,431 24.1%
1980 29,062 10.0%
1990 30,797 6.0%
2000 32,014 4.0%
2010 36,299 13.4%
2020 (est.) 38,950 7.3%
US Decennial Census
1870–2000 2010–2020
Wy albany morton pass1
Morton Pass (SR34)

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 36,299 people, 15,691 households, and 7,430 families in the county. The population density was 8.5 inhabitants per square mile (3.3/km2). There were 17,939 housing units at an average density of 4.2 per square mile (1.6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 90.1% white, 2.8% Asian, 1.2% black or African American, 0.7% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 2.4% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 8.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 31.2% were German, 15.3% were Irish, 12.5% were English, and 4.4% were American.

Of the 15,691 households, 21.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.9% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 52.6% were non-families, and 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.84. The median age was 26.8 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,890 and the median income for a family was $70,054. Males had a median income of $43,484 versus $33,512 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,622. About 7.2% of families and 21.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

LINCOLN MONUMENT, ALBANY COUNTY
Lincoln Monument, near Laramie, off Interstate 80

City

Town

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

See also

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