WPR News
4:08 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

Census figures show that Wyoming is getting younger

Laramie, WY – New data from the U-S Census Bureau shows Wyoming is getting younger. The state's median age is 36-point-eight, which is just under the national average of 37. What's more,Wyoming has seen a declining median age for several years running. Amy Bittner of the state Division of Economic Analysis says this is mainly because of Wyoming's energy boom.
"For a long time it seemed like our population is getting older. But over the decade with the strong development with Wyoming's mineral economy, we saw a lot of younger people moving into the state. We kind of saw the increased aging of Wyoming's population kind of stall a little bit."
Bittner says this is good news for the state, from an economic standpoint. Campbell, Sublette and Sweetwater Counties have seen the most significant median age decrease.