Sweetwater County, WY

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2022 Population
42,079
0.895% 1-year decline
US Senator
John Barrasso
Republican Party
US Senator
Cynthia Lummis
Republican Party
US Representative
Harriet Hageman
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
37.1
1.92% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
11.7%
11.2% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$79,375
3.53% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$240,300
10.6% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
20,950
0.316% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Sweetwater County, WY had a population of 42.1k people with a median age of 37.1 and a median household income of $79,375. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Sweetwater County, WY declined from 42,459 to 42,079, a −0.895% decrease and its median household income grew from $76,668 to $79,375, a 3.53% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Sweetwater County, WY are White (Non-Hispanic) (77.8%), White (Hispanic) (6.96%), Two+ (Hispanic) (5.45%), Other (Hispanic) (3.44%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.2%).

None of the households in Sweetwater County, WY reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

96.2% of the residents in Sweetwater County, WY are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Sweetwater County, WY are Western Wyoming Community College (370 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Sweetwater County, WY was $240,300, and the homeownership rate was 73.4%.

Most people in Sweetwater County, WY drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 20.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Sweetwater County, WY was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Sweetwater County, WY is home to a population of 42.1k people, from which 96.2% are citizens. As of 2022, 5.79% of Sweetwater County, WY residents were born outside of the country (2.44k people).

In 2022, there were 11.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (32.8k people) in Sweetwater County, WY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.93k White (Hispanic) and 2.29k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96.2%
2022 Citizenship
96.4%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 96.2% of Sweetwater County, WY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Sweetwater County, WY was 96.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Sweetwater County, WY
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    32.8k ± 353
  2. White (Hispanic)
    2.93k ± 559
  3. Two+ (Hispanic)
    2.29k ± 452
16.2%
Hispanic Population
6.82k people

In 2022, there were 11.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (32.8k people) in Sweetwater County, WY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.93k White (Hispanic) and 2.29k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

16.2% of the people in Sweetwater County, WY are hispanic (6.82k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Sweetwater County, WY as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    7,502 ± 2,113 people
  2. China
    1,001 ± 776 people
  3. Canada
    993 ± 773 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Wyoming was Mexico, the natal country of 7,502 Wyoming residents, followed by China with 1,001 and Canada with 993.

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Foreign-Born Population

5.79%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
2.44k people
5.45%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
2.32k people

As of 2022, 5.79% of Sweetwater County, WY residents (2.44k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Sweetwater County, WY was 5.45%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    919 ± 180
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    748 ± 212
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    582 ± 176

Sweetwater County, WY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.23 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Sweetwater County, WY employs 21k people. The largest industries in Sweetwater County, WY are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (2,723 people), Retail Trade (2,673 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,370 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($99,403), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($95,020), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($94,026).

Males in Wyoming have an average income that is 1.47 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,942. The income inequality in Wyoming (measured using the Gini index) is 0.449, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

21k
2022 Value
± 1,119
0.316%
1 Year growth
± 7.5%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Sweetwater County, WY grew at a rate of 0.316%, from 20.9k employees to 21k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Sweetwater County, WY, are Construction & Extraction Occupations (2,642 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,252 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,828 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Sweetwater County, WY.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

21k
2022 Value
± 1,119
0.316%
1 Year growth
± 7.5%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Sweetwater County, WY grew at a rate of 0.316%, from 20.9k employees to 21k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Sweetwater County, WY, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (2,723 people), Retail Trade (2,673 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,370 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Sweetwater County, WY, though some of these residents may live in Sweetwater County, WY and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$64,519
Median earning men ± $6,322
$34,000
Median earning women ± $3,079

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Manufacturing ($107,361), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($95,388), and Wholesale Trade ($80,978).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($67,813), Public Administration ($67,768), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($49,286).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.54%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 283k people employed in Wyoming. This represents a 2.54% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 8.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Wyoming.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 383
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 284
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 223
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Sweetwater County, WY went to Donald J. Trump with 73.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (22.9%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.1%).

John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis are the senators currently representing the state of Wyoming. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Sweetwater County, WY is currently represented by Harriet Hageman in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Wyoming

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John Barrasso
Senator from Wyoming1
Assumed office on June 25, 2007
Appointed to the seat following the death of Craig L. Thomas.
Cynthia Lummis
Senator from Wyoming2
Assumed office on January 3, 2021

John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis are the senators currently representing Wyoming.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Sweetwater County, WY

Harriet Hageman
Wyoming at-large Representative
Republican Party

Sweetwater County, WY is currently represented by Harriet Hageman (Republican Party).

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the member for Sweetwater County, WY have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Sweetwater County, WY awarded 370 degrees. The student population of Sweetwater County, WY in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,002 male students and 1,389 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Sweetwater County, WY are White (272 and 77.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (48 and 13.8%), Two or More Races (13 and 3.72%), and Black or African American (8 and 2.29%).

The largest universities in Sweetwater County, WY by number of degrees awarded are Western Wyoming Community College (370 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Sweetwater County, WY are General Business Administration & Management (37 and 10%), Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance Technology (35 and 9.46%), and General Electrical Equipment Installation & Repair (33 and 8.92%).

The median tuition cost in Sweetwater County, WY for a public four year colleges is $2,520 for in-state students and $7,560 for out-of-state students.

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 2,391 students enrolled in Sweetwater County, WY, 41.9% men and 58.1% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 1,847 records, of which 58.5% were women and 41.5% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 29 degrees awarded
  2. 34 degrees awarded
  3. 31 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Sweetwater County, WY was General Studies with 29 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Sweetwater County, WY according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
370 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Western Wyoming Community College with 370 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 148 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Sweetwater County, WY, which is 0.667 times less than the 222 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 272 degrees mean that there were 5.67 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 48 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 4-year or above ($2,520) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,080) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,692) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.512% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.566% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (129k), Some college (119k), and Bachelors Degree (74.8k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Sweetwater County, WY was $240,300 in 2022, which is 0.852 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $217,300 to $240,300, a 10.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Sweetwater County, WY is 73.4%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Sweetwater County, WY have an average commute time of 20.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Sweetwater County, WY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Sweetwater County, WY is $79,375. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Sweetwater County, WY was Census Tract 9706.02 with a value of $108,750, followed by Census Tract 9709.02 and Census Tract 9707, with respective values of $88,750 and $85,294.

In 2022, 10% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Sweetwater County, WY. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 1.02%.

Property

$240,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$8,405
$11,982
Median Property Taxes
±$772

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Sweetwater County, WY the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

73.4%
Homeownership
2022
67.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 73.4% of the housing units in Sweetwater County, WY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 74.5%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9706.02
  2. Census Tract 9709.02
  3. Census Tract 9707

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Sweetwater County, WY was Census Tract 9706.02 with a value of $108,750, followed by Census Tract 9709.02 and Census Tract 9707, with respective values of $88,750 and $85,294.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Sweetwater County, WY colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$79,375
Median Household Income
± $4,715
16.3k
Number of Households
± 926

In 2022, the median household income of the 16.3k households in Sweetwater County, WY grew to $79,375 from the previous year's value of $76,668.

The following chart displays the households in Sweetwater County, WY distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Sweetwater County, WY is from Wyoming.
0.449
2022 Wage GINI in Wyoming
0.45
2021 Wage GINI in Wyoming

In 2022, the income inequality in Wyoming was 0.449 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0943% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Wyoming was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Wyoming in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (77.3%)
  2. Carpooled (13.8%)
  3. Worked At Home (2.99%)

In 2022, 77.3% of workers in Sweetwater County, WY drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (13.8%) and those who worked at home (2.99%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

20.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Sweetwater County, WY have a shorter commute time (20.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.41% of the workforce in Sweetwater County, WY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Sweetwater County, WY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Sweetwater County, WY have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 10% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Sweetwater County, WY. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 1.02%.

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Poverty & Diversity

11.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Sweetwater County, WY (4.83k out of 41.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 35 - 44, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Sweetwater County, WY is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 8.4% of the children was living in poverty in Sweetwater County, WY. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 3.1%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 300 in Sweetwater County, WY. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 142 per 100,000 population.

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Health

87.8% of the population of Sweetwater County, WY has health coverage, with 57.7% on employee plans, 8.76% on Medicaid, 10.2% on Medicare, 9.86% on non-group plans, and 1.29% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Sweetwater County, WY see 2229 patients per year on average, which represents a 12% decrease from the previous year (2532 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1707 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 406 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 51.5% were men and 48.5% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,229 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Sweetwater County, WY

Primary care physicians in Sweetwater County, WY see an average of 2,229 patients per year. This represents a 12% decrease from the previous year (2,532 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Sweetwater County, WY in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 27.4% under 18 years, 19.7% between 18 and 34 years, 39.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 13.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 51.5% were men and 48.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

12.2%
Uninsured
57.7%
Employer Coverage
8.76%
Medicaid
10.2%
Medicare
9.86%
Non-Group
1.29%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Sweetwater County, WY declined by 8.29% from 13.3% to 12.2%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 42.6 in Sweetwater County, WY.

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 33.5% in Sweetwater County, WY.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 13.9% in Sweetwater County, WY.

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