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Gillette, Wyoming
Gillette seen from I-90
Gillette seen from I-90
Location in Campbell County, Wyoming and the state of Wyoming.
Location in Campbell County, Wyoming and the state of Wyoming.
Country United States
State Wyoming
County Campbell
Area
 • Total 19.00 sq mi (49.21 km2)
 • Land 18.97 sq mi (49.13 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation
4,554 ft (1,388 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 29,087
 • Estimate 
(2014)
31,971
 • Density 1,533.3/sq mi (592.0/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
82716-82718
Area code(s) 307
FIPS code 56-31855
GNIS feature ID 1609094
Website gillettewy.gov

Gillette is a city in and the county seat of Campbell County, Wyoming, United States. The population was estimated at 31,797 as of 1 July 2013. Gillette is centrally located in an area involved with the development of vast quantities of American coal, oil, and coalbed methane gas. The city calls itself the "Energy Capital of the Nation," noting that the state of Wyoming provides nearly 35% of the nation's coal. Over the last decade Gillette saw a population increase of 48% from the 2000 census of 19,646 residents.

History

Gillette was incorporated on January 6, 1892, less than two years after Wyoming became a state. The city was named after Edward Gillette, who worked as a surveyor for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. Companies based in Gillette include Cloud Peak Energy.

In 1974, U.S. psychologist ElDean Kohrs used the town as the basic example of what he called the 'Gillette Syndrome': the social disruption that can occur in a community due to rapid population growth. During the 1960s, Gillette doubled its population from 3,580 to 7,194 residents. Kohrs proposed that this fast increase of population caused the phenomenon known as Gillette Syndrome, resulting in increased crime, high costs of living and weakened social and community bonds.

Geography

Gillette is located at 44°16′58″N 105°30′19″W / 44.28278°N 105.50528°W / 44.28278; -105.50528 (44.282660, −105.505256). It is situated between the Big Horn Mountains to the west and the Black Hills to the east, in the Powder River Basin.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.00 square miles (49.21 km2), of which, 18.97 square miles (49.13 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.

Climate

Gillette has a semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSk).

Climate data for Gillette, Wyoming
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 67
(19.4)
70
(21.1)
80
(26.7)
88
(31.1)
95
(35)
104
(40)
107
(41.7)
106
(41.1)
102
(38.9)
89
(31.7)
75
(23.9)
69
(20.6)
107
(41.7)
Average high °F (°C) 30.9
(-0.61)
36.6
(2.56)
45.2
(7.33)
54.7
(12.61)
64.5
(18.06)
76.0
(24.44)
84.5
(29.17)
83.5
(28.61)
71.8
(22.11)
58.7
(14.83)
42.1
(5.61)
32.9
(0.5)
56.78
(13.769)
Daily mean °F (°C) 20.5
(-6.39)
25.7
(-3.5)
33.4
(0.78)
41.9
(5.5)
51.5
(10.83)
61.9
(16.61)
69.3
(20.72)
68.4
(20.22)
57.5
(14.17)
45.6
(7.56)
31.2
(-0.44)
22.5
(-5.28)
44.12
(6.731)
Average low °F (°C) 10.0
(-12.22)
14.8
(-9.56)
21.5
(-5.83)
29.1
(-1.61)
38.4
(3.56)
47.7
(8.72)
54.1
(12.28)
53.3
(11.83)
43.2
(6.22)
32.4
(0.22)
20.3
(-6.5)
12.1
(-11.06)
31.41
(-0.329)
Record low °F (°C) −36
(-37.8)
−40
(-40)
−23
(-30.6)
−12
(-24.4)
11
(-11.7)
28
(-2.2)
35
(1.7)
32
(0)
10
(-12.2)
−12
(-24.4)
−26
(-32.2)
−37
(-38.3)
−40
(-40)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.56
(14.2)
0.54
(13.7)
1.00
(25.4)
1.97
(50)
2.95
(74.9)
2.64
(67.1)
1.78
(45.2)
1.33
(33.8)
1.43
(36.3)
1.57
(39.9)
0.70
(17.8)
0.67
(17)
17.14
(435.4)
Source #1: NOAA (normals, 1971–2000)
Source #2: The Weather Channel (Records)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 151
1910 448 196.7%
1920 1,157 158.3%
1930 1,340 15.8%
1940 2,177 62.5%
1950 2,191 0.6%
1960 3,580 63.4%
1970 7,194 100.9%
1980 12,134 68.7%
1990 17,635 45.3%
2000 19,646 11.4%
2010 29,087 48.1%
Est. 2015 32,649 12.2%

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $69,581, and the median income for a family was $78,377. Males had a median income of $41,131 versus $22,717 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,749. About 5.7% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 14.1% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 29,087 people, 10,975 households, and 7,299 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,533.3 inhabitants per square mile (592.0/km2). There were 12,153 housing units at an average density of 640.6 per square mile (247.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.2% White, 0.4% African American, 1.2% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 3.2% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.5% of the population.

There were 10,975 households of which 38.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.5% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.09.

The median age in the city was 30.6 years. 28% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.6% were from 25 to 44; 24.8% were from 45 to 64; and 5.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.3% male and 47.7% female.

Transportation

Gillette, Wyoming at night viewed from Overlook Park
Night view from Overlook Park.

Highways

  • I-90
  • I-90 Bus.
  • US 14
  • US 16
  • WYO 50 (Skyline Drive)
  • WYO 51
  • WYO 59 (South - Douglas Highway)

Airport

Gillette–Campbell County Airport (GCC) is served by Delta Air Lines, and by United Airlines operated by SkyWest Airlines. SkyWest currently operates 6 flights daily in and out of Gillette to hubs in Denver, and Salt Lake City.

Special facilities

At Gillette, Wyoming there is a LORAN-C transmitter at 44°00'11" N and 105°37'24" W. Its antenna, a 700 ft (213.36 meter) high guyed radio mast, is the tallest structure in Wyoming.

The Wyoming Center, a 9,000 seat arena located at the CAM-PLEX just east of the city, was completed in 2008. The CAM-PLEX hosts events ranging from concerts and balls to the National High School Finals Rodeo.

The Campbell County Recreation Center is a 190,000 square foot facility that was established April 2010 and is a popular place for Gillette residents to visit. This new facility is a great place for physical activity and recreational sports. It includes a 42-foot climbing wall resembling the Devils Tower Monument. There is also an 81,000 square foot field house that contains a six-lane track and 5 indoor tennis courts.

The Energy Capital Sports Complex is Wyoming's premier softball facility. The site features four fast-pitch softball fields that can be converted for Little League baseball. The fields use Slitfilm synthetic turf with sand-rubber infill. There is a 28,000 square foot protected spectator viewing area with a grass play area. There is also a 2.4 mile recreation trail around the complex. Since the grand opening in 2015, the Energy Capital Sports Complex has hosted many tournaments including the Razor City Softball Tournament and the 2016 Wyoming ASA State Softball Tournament.

Notable features around Gillette

Antilocapra americana male (Wyoming, 2012)
Pronghorn Antelope are plentiful in the Gillette area.

Devils Tower National Monument is a short hour drive from Gillette. This flat-top volcanic formation soars more than 1,200 feet above the ground and is a popular site to visit. Many people enjoy walking the 1.3 mile path around the entire monument while others love the thrill of climbing the formation.

Keyhole State Park is also a close 49 minute drive from Gillette that is a popular place to visit in both the summer and winter. Many residents enjoy the reservoir during the summer by camping, hiking, and engaging in water sports. During the winter many people ice fish at keyhole which is excellent fishing for walleye, catfish, small mouth bass, and northern pike. Another fun winter sport you can find people doing around keyhole is snowmobiling.

Gillette is a midway point between the Bighorn Mountains and the Black Hills, and has a somewhat close proximity to both.

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