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Bairoil, Wyoming
Location of Bairoil in Sweetwater County, Wyoming.
Location of Bairoil in Sweetwater County, Wyoming.
Country United States
State Wyoming
County Sweetwater
 • Total 1.41 sq mi (3.66 km2)
 • Land 1.41 sq mi (3.66 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
6,857 ft (2,090 m)
 • Total 106
 • Estimate 
 • Density 68.60/sq mi (26.49/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 307
FIPS code 56-04885
GNIS feature ID 1585058

Bairoil is a town in Sweetwater County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 106 at the 2010 census.


Bairoil was formed by former sheep rancher Charles M. Bair around 1916. Bair was the first to drill oil in this area and started the Bair Oil Company for which the town was named. The post office was established in 1924 and the town was eventually incorporated in 1980. A hang-gliding world record was set in 1989 by Kevin Christopherson, who rode an updraft 287 miles (462 km) from Bairoil to North Dakota.


Bairoil is located at 42°14′23″N 107°33′33″W / 42.23972°N 107.55917°W / 42.23972; -107.55917 (42.239590, -107.559273).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.41 square miles (3.65 km2), all of it land.

Bairoil is located on the northeast edge of the Great Divide Basin.

Wyoming Highway 73 leads about 5 miles (8.0 km) east to Lamont, Wyoming.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Bairoil has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 228
2000 97 −57.5%
2010 106 9.3%
2019 (est.) 97 −8.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 106 people, 49 households, and 27 families residing in the town. The population density was 75.2 inhabitants per square mile (29.0/km2). There were 68 housing units at an average density of 48.2 per square mile (18.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 84.0% White, 1.9% Native American, 2.8% Asian, 7.5% from other races, and 3.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 21.7% of the population.

There were 49 households, of which 16.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.9% were non-families. 36.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.81.

The median age in the town was 49 years. 17% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.8% were from 25 to 44; 41.5% were from 45 to 64; and 14.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 54.7% male and 45.3% female.


Public education in the town of Bairoil is provided by Carbon County School District #1. Zoned campuses include Rawlins Elementary School (grades K-5), Rawlins Middle School (grades 6-8), and Rawlins High School (grades 9-12). In 2013 Bairoil Elementary was shut down by Carbon County School District Number 1 due to low enrollment.

Bairoil has a public library, a branch of the Sweetwater County Library System.

See also

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