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

2,111 sq mi (5,467 km²)
2,084 sq mi (5,398 km²)
27 sq mi (70 km²), 1.3%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

8,812
4.2/sq mi (2/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: plattecountywyoming.com
Named for: North Platte River

Platte County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,667. 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%
Est. 2015 8,812 1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1870–2000 2010–2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 8,807 people, 3,625 households, and 2,494 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 4,528 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.18% White, 0.16% Black or African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.69% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. 5.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 31.7% were of German, 13.4% Irish, 11.3% English and 7.5% American ancestry.

There were 3,625 households out of which 30.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.90% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 27.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 24.30% from 25 to 44, 27.30% from 45 to 64, and 16.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 97.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,866, and the median income for a family was $41,449. Males had a median income of $31,484 versus $19,635 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,530. About 8.50% of families and 11.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.90% of those under age 18 and 12.20% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 8,667 people, 3,838 households, and 2,505 families residing 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.

Communities

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns


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