Fast Facts

Cheyenne; 53,658
97,814 square miles (253,336 square kilometers)
Per Capita Income:
U.S. $30,494
Date Statehood Achieved:
July 10, 1890
Illustration: Wyoming Flag

Ninth largest state in area, Wyoming ranks 50th in population. Oil, natural gas, coal, and uranium are plentiful. In 1869 this frontier territory pioneered women's suffrage in the U.S. In 1924 Wyoming became the first state to elect a woman governor. Yellowstone, the first national park in the U.S., was established in 1872. Today neighboring Grand Teton National Park's alpine peaks also attract more than four million visitors annually.


  • Industry: Mining, generation of electricity, chemicals, tourism
  • Agriculture: Cattle, sugar beets, sheep, hay, wheat

—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition

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