WPR News
8:43 am
Thu October 4, 2007

Wyoming Population Likely to Stay Small

Laramie, WY – State leaders have long discussed diversifying the economy beyond oil and gas, but accomplishing that goal could take decades. Wyoming's population is growing at a rate of less than one-percent. The Wyoming Economic Analysis Division says that should continue in the foreseeable future, which means the state's population won't reach 1-million people until around the year 2070. U.W. historian Phil Roberts says the state has long talked about moving away from natural resources with little success.

Since 1960 the state's population has grown by one percent annually. State economist Wayne Liu says it will take decades to diversify the workforce beyond current rates.