Fewer and Fewer School-age Children

Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming's population is growing with plenty of jobs available, but the number of school-age children continues to slide. Between 2000 and 2004, the state's population grew 2.5%, but the number of youths aged 19 and under fell from 145,000 in 2000 to 133,000 in 2004. Economists say the disconnect comes from the types of jobs in the state and on the state's demographics in general. Most of the new jobs are in oil and gas production. Those jobs typically attract young, single male workers or married workers with children who are not moving their families to the state.