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Uinta County
Uinta County Courthouse
Uinta County Courthouse
Flag of Uinta County
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Map of Wyoming highlighting Uinta County
Location within the U.S. state of Wyoming
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Country  United States
State  Wyoming
Founded December 1, 1869
Named for Uinta Mountains
Seat Evanston
Largest city Evanston
Area
 • Total 2,088 sq mi (5,410 km2)
 • Land 2,081 sq mi (5,390 km2)
 • Water 6.3 sq mi (16 km2)  0.3%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 20,450
 • Density 9.794/sq mi (3.7815/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district At-large
Foothills of the Uintas South of Evanston, Wyoming
Foothills of the Uinta Mountains south of Evanston, Wyoming

Uinta County ( yoo-IN-tə) is a county in the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 21,118. Its county seat is Evanston. Its south and west boundary lines abut the Utah state line.

Uinta County comprises the Evanston, WY Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Uinta County was created on December 1, 1869 by the legislature of the Wyoming Territory with its temporary seat located at Fort Bridger. Originally, it ran along the entire western border of Wyoming, including Yellowstone National Park. The county was named for Utah's Uinta Mountains, which are visible from many places in the county. The county was given its present boundaries in 1911 when Lincoln County was carved out of the northern part of Uinta County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,088 square miles (5,410 km2), of which 2,081 square miles (5,390 km2) is land and 6.3 square miles (16 km2) (0.3%) is water. It is the second-smallest county in Wyoming by area.

Geology

The 161 km wide western North American Fold and thrust belt extends from Alaska to Mexico, forming several northerly trending thrust faults in southwest Wyoming, including the Crawford, Absaroka and Hogsback (Darby), which formed from the Late Jurassic through the early Eocene. The Painter Reservoir Field was discovered in 1977 from the 407 m thick Nuggest Sandstone which forms an anticline structural trap in the hanging wall of the Absaroka thrust plate, at a depth of about 3 km.

National protected area

  • Wasatch National Forest (part)

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Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 856
1880 2,879 236.3%
1890 7,414 157.5%
1900 12,223 64.9%
1910 16,982 38.9%
1920 6,611 −61.1%
1930 6,572 −0.6%
1940 7,223 9.9%
1950 7,331 1.5%
1960 7,484 2.1%
1970 7,100 −5.1%
1980 13,021 83.4%
1990 18,705 43.7%
2000 19,742 5.5%
2010 21,118 7.0%
2020 20,450 −3.2%
US Decennial Census
1870–2000 2010–2016 2020

2016

As of 2016 the largest self-reported ancestry groups in Uinta County, Wyoming are:

Largest ancestries (2015) Percent
English England 28.3%
German Germany 18.9%
Irish Republic of Ireland 8.1%
American United States 5.6%
Scottish Scotland 5.4%
Italian Italy 3.8%
Swedish Sweden 4.1%
French (except Basque) France 3.3%
Dutch Netherlands 3.2%
Norwegian Norway 3.0%
Danish Denmark 2.5%
Welsh Wales 2.2%

2015

As of 2015 the largest self-reported ancestry groups in Uinta County, Wyoming are:

Largest ancestries (2015) Percent
English England 28.1%
German Germany 19.7%
Irish Republic of Ireland 7.6%
American United States 6.4%
Scottish Scotland 5.1%
Italian Italy 4.4%
French(except Basque) France 3.9%
Dutch Netherlands 3.4%
Swedish Sweden 3.2%
Norwegian Norway 2.8%
Welsh Wales 2.3%
Danish Denmark 2.2%

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 21,118 people, 7,668 households, and 5,577 families in the county. The population density was 10.1 inhabitants per square mile (3.9/km2). There were 8,713 housing units at an average density of 4.2 per square mile (1.6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.4% white, 0.8% American Indian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% Pacific islander, 4.1% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 8.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 33.4% were English, 23.0% were German, 12.0% were Irish, 6.5% were Scottish, 5.1% were Scotch-Irish, and 3.3% were American.

Of the 7,668 households, 39.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.3% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.3% were non-families, and 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.19. The median age was 33.9 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $58,346 and the median income for a family was $68,949. Males had a median income of $54,766 versus $30,561 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,460. About 8.2% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.6% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.

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