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Park County, Wyoming
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Location in the state of Wyoming
Map of the USA highlighting Wyoming
Wyoming's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1911
Seat Cody
Largest City Cody
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

6,967 sq mi (18,044 km²)
6,942 sq mi (17,980 km²)
25 sq mi (65 km²), 0.4%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

29,228
4.1/sq mi (2/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.parkcounty.us
Named for: Yellowstone National Park

Park County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,205. The county seat is Cody.

Park County is a mecca for tourists. The county contains the majority (more than 53%) of Yellowstone National Park's total land area. Many attractions abound, including the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, the Cody Stampede Rodeo, and the western museum, Old Trail Town.

History

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.

Geography

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

Demographics

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%
Est. 2015 29,228 3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1870–2000 2010–2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 25,786 people, 10,312 households, and 7,094 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 11,869 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.46% White, 0.09% Black or African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.41% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races. 3.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 26.3% were of German and 13.3% English ancestry.

There were 10,312 households out of which 30.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.90% were married couples living together, 7.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 26.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 26.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,829, and the median income for a family was $41,406. Males had a median income of $33,452 versus $20,500 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,020. About 8.40% of families and 12.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.60% of those under age 18 and 8.30% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 28,205 people, 11,885 households, and 7,777 families residing 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.

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Towns

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities


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