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Park County
Park County Courthouse in Cody
Park County Courthouse in Cody
Flag of Park County
Map of Wyoming highlighting Park County
Location within the U.S. state of Wyoming
Map of the United States highlighting Wyoming
Wyoming's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Wyoming
Founded February 15, 1909 (established)
1911 (organized)
Named for Yellowstone National Park
Seat Cody
Largest city Cody
 • Total 6,967 sq mi (18,040 km2)
 • Land 6,942 sq mi (17,980 km2)
 • Water 25 sq mi (60 km2)  0.4%%
 • Total 29,624
 • Estimate 
 • Density 4.2520/sq mi (1.64172/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district At-large

Park County is a county in the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 29,624. The county seat is Cody.

Park County is a major tourism destination. The county has over 53 percent of Yellowstone National Park's land area. Many attractions abound, including the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, the Cody Stampede Rodeo, the Ghost Town of Kirwin, and the western museum Old Trail Town.


Park County was created on February 15, 1909 with land detached from Big Horn County and organized in 1913. The county was named for Yellowstone National Park which is mostly within the limits of Park County.

In 1913, Hot Springs County was created from portions of Park County, Big Horn County, and Fremont County. Park County also had minor boundary adjustments in 1929 and 1931, but otherwise its boundaries have remained unchanged.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 6,967 square miles (18,040 km2), of which 6,942 square miles (17,980 km2) is land and 25 square miles (65 km2) (0.4%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Park County, Wyoming and Park County, Montana are two of twenty-two counties or parishes in the United States with the same name to border each other across state lines. The others are Big Horn County, Montana and Big Horn County, Wyoming; Bristol County, Massachusetts and Bristol County, Rhode Island; Escambia County, Alabama and Escambia County, Florida; Kent County, Delaware and Kent County, Maryland; Pike County, Illinois and Pike County, Missouri; Sabine County, Texas and Sabine Parish, Louisiana; San Juan County, New Mexico and San Juan County, Utah; Teton County, Idaho and Teton County, Wyoming; Union Parish, Louisiana and Union County, Arkansas; and Vermilion County, Illinois and Vermillion County, Indiana (both these counties are named for the Vermilion River, despite their different spellings).

National protected areas

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 191.svg U.S. Highway 191
  • US 212.svg U.S. Highway 212
  • US 287.svg U.S. Highway 287
  • WY-120.svg Wyoming Highway 120
  • WY-296.svg Wyoming Highway 296


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 4,909
1920 7,298 48.7%
1930 8,207 12.5%
1940 10,976 33.7%
1950 15,182 38.3%
1960 16,874 11.1%
1970 17,752 5.2%
1980 21,639 21.9%
1990 23,178 7.1%
2000 25,786 11.3%
2010 28,205 9.4%
2020 29,624 5.0%
US Decennial Census
1870–2000 2010–2016

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 28,205 people, 11,885 households, and 7,777 families in the county. The population density was 4.1 inhabitants per square mile (1.6/km2). There were 13,562 housing units at an average density of 2.0 per square mile (0.77/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.6% white, 0.6% Asian, 0.6% American Indian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 1.4% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 31.7% were German, 16.3% were English, 15.4% were Irish, and 6.3% were American.

Of the 11,885 households, 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.6% were non-families, and 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.81. The median age was 43.6 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $46,637 and the median income for a family was $58,297. Males had a median income of $40,036 versus $27,450 for females. The per capita income for the county was $26,203. About 5.5% of families and 9.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.2% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.




Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

See also

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