WPR News
10:10 am
Thu July 10, 2008

Numbers Show Eastern Wyoming Census Declines

Wheatland, Wy – New figures from the U-S Census Bureau out today (Thursday) show communities in southwest Wyoming are booming. But the same cannot be said to the east where there is no oil and gas development.
Platte County continues to shrink. Since 2000, the population there has sunk nearly 5 percent. This corner of the state is far from the energy boom. And according to the U-S Census Bureau, every town within Platte County from Wheatland to Chugwater has dropped in population over the past seven years. Platte County Planner Marlin Johnson says the county sees one or two new homes built per month, and a new large commercial building each year. He says that for a county of 8,396, that's actually pretty good.
JOHNSON: Something is happening here. The planning office is busy, but certainly no boom.
Neighboring Goshen County has shown a population loss of just over four percent over the past seven years. A planner there says the community is aging, but residents enjoy the prospect of a more stable economy.