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Newcastle, Wyoming
City
Weston County Courthouse in Newcastle
Location of Newcastle in Weston County, Wyoming
Location of Newcastle in Weston County, Wyoming
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Coordinates: 43°51′11″N 104°12′34″W / 43.85306°N 104.20944°W / 43.85306; -104.20944Coordinates: 43°51′11″N 104°12′34″W / 43.85306°N 104.20944°W / 43.85306; -104.20944
Country  United States
State  Wyoming
County Weston
Area
 • Total 2.56 sq mi (6.63 km2)
 • Land 2.56 sq mi (6.63 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
4,327 ft (1,319 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 3,374
 • Estimate 
(2019)
3,397
 • Density 1,326.43/sq mi (512.12/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP codes
82701, 82715
Area code(s) 307
FIPS code 56-56215
GNIS feature ID 1592014

Newcastle is a city in and the county seat of Weston County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 3,374 at the 2020 census.

Geography

Roadside newcastle, wyoming
A roadside view in northern Weston County, looking South.

Newcastle is located at 43°51′11″N 104°12′34″W / 43.85306°N 104.20944°W / 43.85306; -104.20944 (43.853183, -104.209343). It is located at the southwest edge of the Black Hills, at the intersections of U.S. Route 16 and U.S. Route 85.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.55 square miles (6.60 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,715
1900 756 −55.9%
1910 975 29.0%
1920 1,003 2.9%
1930 1,201 19.7%
1940 1,962 63.4%
1950 3,395 73.0%
1960 4,345 28.0%
1970 3,432 −21.0%
1980 3,596 4.8%
1990 3,003 −16.5%
2000 3,065 2.1%
2010 3,532 15.2%
2020 3,374 −4.5%
2019 (est.) 3,397 −3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,532 people, 1,439 households, and 868 families living in the city. The population density was 1,385.1 inhabitants per square mile (534.8/km2). There were 1,663 housing units at an average density of 652.2 per square mile (251.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.6% White, 0.4% African American, 1.6% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.0% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 3.4% of the population.

There were 1,439 households, of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.7% were non-families. 34.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the city was 39.6 years. 22% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.7% were from 25 to 44; 27.2% were from 45 to 64; and 16.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 53.9% male and 46.1% female.

Climate

Newcastle experiences a dry continental climate (Köppen Dfa) with cold winters and hot, wet summers.

Climate data for Newcastle, Wyoming
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 58
(14.4)
62
(16.7)
68
(20)
78
(25.6)
82
(27.8)
92
(33.3)
92
(33.3)
91
(32.8)
87
(30.6)
82
(27.8)
72
(22.2)
63
(17.2)
92
(33.3)
Average high °F (°C) 32.7
(0.39)
38.1
(3.39)
47.2
(8.44)
57.5
(14.17)
67.8
(19.89)
79.4
(26.33)
87.1
(30.61)
84.9
(29.39)
73.4
(23)
60.4
(15.78)
42.7
(5.94)
34.0
(1.11)
58.77
(14.87)
Daily mean °F (°C) 21.7
(-5.72)
26.6
(-3)
35.4
(1.89)
45.1
(7.28)
55.1
(12.83)
65.5
(18.61)
72.6
(22.56)
70.7
(21.5)
59.8
(15.44)
47.5
(8.61)
32.3
(0.17)
23.3
(-4.83)
46.3
(7.944)
Average low °F (°C) 10.7
(-11.83)
15.0
(-9.44)
23.5
(-4.72)
32.6
(0.33)
42.4
(5.78)
51.6
(10.89)
58.1
(14.5)
56.4
(13.56)
46.1
(7.83)
34.5
(1.39)
21.8
(-5.67)
12.6
(-10.78)
33.78
(0.986)
Record low °F (°C) −31
(-35)
−42
(-41.1)
−31
(-35)
−16
(-26.7)
6
(-14.4)
21
(-6.1)
26
(-3.3)
20
(-6.7)
5
(-15)
−16
(-26.7)
−29
(-33.9)
−45
(-42.8)
−45
(-42.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.44
(11.2)
0.58
(14.7)
0.77
(19.6)
1.61
(40.9)
2.55
(64.8)
2.42
(61.5)
2.09
(53.1)
1.82
(46.2)
1.16
(29.5)
1.32
(33.5)
0.70
(17.8)
0.58
(14.7)
16.04
(407.4)
Source #1: NOAA (normals, 1971–2000)
Source #2: The Weather Channel (Records)

Attractions

Dogie Theater Newcastle Wyoming
Dogie Theater, Newcastle

The town boasts great walking trails. A historic tour starts at the Anna Miller Museum. Also included are the Greenwood Cemetery and a downtown historic district listed with the NRHP. The "Serenity Trail" allows walkers to view wildlife in the area.

Education

Public education in the city of Newcastle is provided by Weston County School District #1. The district's schools include Newcastle Elementary (split into two campuses for grades K-2 & 3–5), Newcastle Middle School (grades 6–8), and Newcastle High School (grades 9-12).

Newcastle has a public library, a branch of the Weston County Library System.

Notable people

  • Cindy Hill (b. 1962), Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction 2011–2015, was reared in Newcastle
  • Frank Wheeler Mondell (1860–1939), United States Representative from Wyoming, helped establish Newcastle as a community and was its first mayor
  • Edwin Keith Thomson (1919–1960), Wyoming politician
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