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Big Horn County, Wyoming
Map
Map of Wyoming highlighting Big Horn County
Location in the state of Wyoming
Map of the USA highlighting Wyoming
Wyoming's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1897
Seat Basin
Largest town Lovell
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

3,159 sq mi (8,182 km²)
3,137 sq mi (8,125 km²)
22 sq mi (57 km²), 0.7%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

12,022
3.7/sq mi (1/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.bighorncountywy.gov

Big Horn County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of the 2010 census, the population was 11,668. The county seat is Basin. It is south from the Montana state line.

History

Big Horn County was created by the legislature of Wyoming Territory on March 12, 1890 and organized in 1897. The county was created with lands ceded by Fremont County, Johnson County, and Sheridan County.

Big Horn County was named for the Big Horn Mountains which form its eastern boundary. Originally, the county included the entire Big Horn Basin.

In 1909, Park County, was detached from Big Horn County. In 1911, Hot Springs County, and Washakie County were detached from Big Horn County. At that point in time, the county got its present borders.

The current sheriff of Big Horn County is Ken Blackburn.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,159 square miles (8,180 km2), of which 3,137 square miles (8,120 km2) is land and 22 square miles (57 km2) (0.7%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Big Horn County in Wyoming and Montana are one of ten pairs of counties and parishes in the United States with the same name to border each other across state lines. The others are Sabine (Texas and Louisiana), Union (Arkansas and Louisiana), Bristol (Massachusetts and Rhode Island), Kent (Maryland and Delaware), Escambia (Alabama and Florida), Pike (Illinois and Missouri), Teton (Idaho and Wyoming), Park (Montana and Wyoming), and San Juan (New Mexico and Utah).

Major highways

  • US 14.svg U.S. Highway 14
  • US 14A.svg U.S. Highway 14A
  • US 16.svg U.S. Highway 16
  • US 20.svg U.S. Highway 20
  • US 310.svg U.S. Highway 310
  • WY-30.svg Wyoming Highway 30
  • WY-31.svg Wyoming Highway 31
  • WY-32.svg Wyoming Highway 32
  • WY-114.svg Wyoming Highway 114
  • WY-37.svg Wyoming Highway 37

National protected areas

  • Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area (part)
  • Bighorn National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 4,328
1910 8,886 105.3%
1920 12,105 36.2%
1930 11,222 −7.3%
1940 12,911 15.1%
1950 13,176 2.1%
1960 11,898 −9.7%
1970 10,202 −14.3%
1980 11,896 16.6%
1990 10,525 −11.5%
2000 11,461 8.9%
2010 11,668 1.8%
Est. 2015 12,022 3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1870–2000 2010–2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 11,461 people, 4,312 households, and 3,087 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 5,105 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.03% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.75% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 3.37% from other races, and 1.46% from two or more races. 6.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.0% were of German, 21.4% English, 8.1% American and 8.0% Irish ancestry.

There were 4,312 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.00% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.40% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.70% under the age of 18, 7.30% from 18 to 24, 22.60% from 25 to 44, 24.60% from 45 to 64, and 16.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 100.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,682, and the median income for a family was $38,237. Males had a median income of $30,843 versus $19,489 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,086. About 10.20% of families and 14.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.20% of those under age 18 and 10.00% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 11,668 people, 4,561 households, and 3,179 families residing in the county. The population density was 3.7 inhabitants per square mile (1.4/km2). There were 5,379 housing units at an average density of 1.7 per square mile (0.66/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.4% white, 0.9% American Indian, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% black or African American, 3.0% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 8.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 30.0% were German, 22.3% were English, 10.4% were Irish, 7.6% were Scottish, and 5.7% were American.

Of the 4,561 households, 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.2% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.3% were non-families, and 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.05. The median age was 41.8 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $48,270 and the median income for a family was $57,705. Males had a median income of $40,762 versus $31,440 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,486. About 5.7% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.2% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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