Wyoming!

I decided the other day to compile a few fun facts and have written those below. Enjoy!

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The Tetons -Jenney lake

Wyoming!

The Equality State

 

Wyoming is a state with very dramatic landscapes and a wide variety with everything from steep mountain peaks with dramatic cliffs to desert like basins where hardly anything seems to grow and  Prickly Pear Cactus which grows with the sagebrush.

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Prickly Pear Flowers

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Yellowstone

Wyoming is the first state to elect a woman governor and the first state in our Union to allow women to vote.

The name “Wyoming” may have come from the Delaware Indian word “Maughwaumama”  which means ‘large plains’.

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WP_20150625_017             Wyoming  Prairie

 

With all its infinite variety, it is the least populated state in our entire country and a place where cows outnumber people. Although this sounds dramatic here is some of the facts:

  • There is less than 6 people for each square mile in Wyoming
  • We have the least amount of people compared to any other state with a population of: 586,107 people in the entire state as of 2015 estimates.
  • Compare the above population with California which is #1 in with the largest population at 38,332,521
  • The two biggest cities is Cheyenne (the capital) which has a population of 62,845 and Casper which has 60,086 according to stats for 2015.
  • Wyoming has 97,818 square miles and is the 10th largest state with 97,105 as and 714 miles of water.
  • There is 23 counties in Wyoming
  • The state bird is the Meadowlark
  • State mammal is the Buffalo
  • State flower is Indian Paintbrush
  • Gemstone –Jade
  • State dinosaur is the Triceratops
  • The License plates have a bucking horse on them and have had some version of “Steamboat” who was a famous bucking horse for many many years.
  • Nickname “Cowboy State”
  • Biggest Economic contributor is mining which includes oil, gas and coal
  • The largest number of jobs in the state is from mining, ranching and transportation especially the railroads

 

I find this state to be unique and all its own, the people are friendly and the lack of traffic jams suits me fine, driving for hours and only seeing a couple of cars on the drive and knowing there is all this open space is just my cup of tea. Wild and free with lots of nature is how I would describe Wyoming and that is something I love.

Information sources:

Census.gov

Wyoming Dept of tourism

Enchantedlearning.com

Newsmax.com

Suburbanstats.org

 

 

 

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