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Niobrara County, Wyoming
Map
Map of Wyoming highlighting Niobrara County
Location in the state of Wyoming
Map of the USA highlighting Wyoming
Wyoming's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1913
Seat Lusk
Largest town Lusk
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

2,628 sq mi (6,806 km²)
2,626 sq mi (6,801 km²)
1.9 sq mi (5 km²), 0.07%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

2,542
0.9/sq mi (0/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: http://www.niobraracounty.org
Named for: Niobrara River
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Niobrara County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,484, making it the least populous county in Wyoming. Its county seat is Lusk. It is west from the Nebraska-South Dakota state line.

History

Niobrara County was created on February 21, 1911, with land detached from Converse County, and organized in 1913.

The county was named for the Niobrara River, which takes its source near the county seat of Lusk.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,628 square miles (6,810 km2), of which 2,626 square miles (6,800 km2) is land and 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) (0.07%) is water.

In comparison to the state of Rhode Island, the county has more than twice the land area, with approximately 1/500 of the population.

Adjacent counties

Major Highways

  • US 18.svg U.S. Highway 18
  • US 20.svg U.S. Highway 20
  • US 85.svg U.S. Highway 85

National protected area

  • Thunder Basin National Grassland (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 6,321
1930 4,723 −25.3%
1940 5,988 26.8%
1950 4,701 −21.5%
1960 3,750 −20.2%
1970 2,924 −22.0%
1980 2,924 0.0%
1990 2,499 −14.5%
2000 2,407 −3.7%
2010 2,484 3.2%
Est. 2015 2,542 2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1870–2000 2010–2015
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2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,407 people, 1,011 households, and 679 families residing in the county. The population density was 1 person per square mile (2.6/km²). There were 1,338 housing units at an average density of 0 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.05% White, 0.12% Black or African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.50% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 1.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 35.1% were of German, 18.7% English, 11.2% Irish and 5.7% American ancestry.

There were 1,011 households out of which 27.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.60% were married couples living together, 6.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.80% were non-families. 29.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.60% under the age of 18, 6.10% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 26.60% from 45 to 64, and 18.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,701, and the median income for a family was $33,714. Males had a median income of $25,909 versus $17,016 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,757. About 10.70% of families and 13.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.00% of those under age 18 and 15.60% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,484 people, 1,069 households, and 659 families residing in the county. The population density was 0.9 inhabitants per square mile (0.35/km2). There were 1,338 housing units at an average density of 0.5 per square mile (0.19/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.5% white, 0.8% American Indian, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.5% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.1% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 41.5% were German, 19.0% were English, 17.7% were Irish, 6.6% were Swedish, and 3.0% were American.

Of the 1,069 households, 23.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 38.4% were non-families, and 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.71. The median age was 46.1 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,813 and the median income for a family was $57,153. Males had a median income of $41,898 versus $30,323 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,885. About 6.3% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.9% of those under age 18 and 13.3% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Towns

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities


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