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Platte County
Platte County Courthouse
Flag of Platte County
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Map of Wyoming highlighting Platte 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 21, 1911 (authorized)
1913 (organized)
Named for North Platte River
Seat Wheatland
Largest town Wheatland
Area
 • Total 2,111 sq mi (5,470 km2)
 • Land 2,084 sq mi (5,400 km2)
 • Water 27 sq mi (70 km2)  1.3%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 8,605
 • Estimate 
(2019)
8,393
 • Density 4.0763/sq mi (1.5739/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district At-large

Platte County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 8,605. Its county seat is Wheatland.

History

Platte County was created February 21, 1911 with land detached from Laramie County and organized in 1913. The county was named for the North Platte River, which flows through the northeastern part of the county.

Presidential election results
Year Democrat Republican
2012 26.99% 1,223 69.21% 3,136
2008 30.86% 1,407 65.83% 3,002
2004 29.03% 1,328 68.85% 3,149
2000 28.56% 1,249 66.89% 2,925

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,111 square miles (5,470 km2), of which 2,084 square miles (5,400 km2) is land and 27 square miles (70 km2) (1.3%) is water. It is the third-smallest county in Wyoming by area.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Medicine Bow National Forest (part)

Major Highways

  • I-25.svg Interstate 25
  • US 26.svg U.S. Highway 26
  • US 87.svg U.S. Highway 87
  • WY-34.svg Wyoming Highway 34

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 7,421
1930 9,695 30.6%
1940 8,013 −17.3%
1950 7,925 −1.1%
1960 7,195 −9.2%
1970 6,486 −9.9%
1980 11,975 84.6%
1990 8,145 −32.0%
2000 8,807 8.1%
2010 8,667 −1.6%
2020 8,605 −0.7%
US Decennial Census
1870–2000 2010–2016

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 8,667 people, 3,838 households, and 2,505 families in the county. The population density was 4.2 inhabitants per square mile (1.6/km2). There were 4,667 housing units at an average density of 2.2 per square mile (0.85/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.4% white, 0.4% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 2.0% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 6.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 45.3% were German, 21.1% were English, 17.3% were Irish, and 6.2% were American.

Of the 3,838 households, 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.7% were non-families, and 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.76. The median age was 47.5 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,947 and the median income for a family was $51,759. Males had a median income of $55,757 versus $29,366 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,185. About 6.1% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.2% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.

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Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns

Notable people

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