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Medicine Bow, Wyoming
Town
Aerial view of Medicine Bow and surrounding area
Aerial view of Medicine Bow and surrounding area
Location in Carbon County and the state of Wyoming.
Location in Carbon County and the state of Wyoming.
Country United States
State Wyoming
County Carbon
Area
 • Total 3.46 sq mi (8.96 km2)
 • Land 3.46 sq mi (8.96 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 6,565 ft (2,001 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 284
 • Estimate (2012) 277
 • Density 82.1/sq mi (31.7/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 82329
Area code(s) 307
FIPS code 56-51575
GNIS feature ID 1591446

Medicine Bow is a town in Carbon County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 284 at the 2010 census.

Geography

Medicine Bow is located at 41°53′52″N 106°12′10″W / 41.89778°N 106.20278°W / 41.89778; -106.20278 (41.897668, -106.202796).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.46 square miles (8.96 km2), all of it land.

History

Virginian Hotel, Medicine Bow, WY
Virginian Hotel

A post office called Medicine Bow has been in operation since 1869. The community was named after the Medicine Bow River.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 127
1920 210 65.4%
1930 264 25.7%
1940 338 28.0%
1950 328 −3.0%
1960 392 19.5%
1970 455 16.1%
1980 953 109.5%
1990 389 −59.2%
2000 274 −29.6%
2010 284 3.6%
Est. 2015 270 −4.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the town was $33,750, and the median income for a family was $35,156. Males had a median income of $41,250 versus $20,536 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,420. About 10.3% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under the age of eighteen and 17.5% of those sixty five or over

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 284 people, 125 households, and 81 families residing in the town. The population density was 82.1 inhabitants per square mile (31.7/km2). There were 182 housing units at an average density of 52.6 per square mile (20.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.1% White, 0.4% Pacific Islander, 3.9% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.7% of the population.

There were 125 households of which 20.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.2% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.79.

The median age in the town was 49.3 years. 20.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.1% were from 25 to 44; 29.9% were from 45 to 64; and 25.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 53.5% male and 46.5% female.

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