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Wyoming is located in the mountainous regions of the United States. It is the 10th largest state regarding the area and is the second most sparsely populated state in the entire country. It shares its borders with Montana on the north, South Dakota and Nebraska in the east and Colorado in the south. On the west, there's Idaho and Utah on the southwest. Almost two-thirds of the state on the west is covered with mountain ranges and the remaining third on the east consists of high elevation prairies known as High Plains.
More than half the land in the state is owned by the US government which includes two national parks- the Grand Teton and Yellowstone, two national monuments, historic sites and collection of national forests and many wildlife refuges. The native American tribes indigenous to the region include the Crow, Arapaho, Lakota, and Shoshone. Southwestern regions of the state ceded into the United States in 1848 after the end of the Mexican-American war. Till then it was a part of the Spanish empire and subsequently under the Mexico territory.
The economy in the region is supported mostly by extraction and mining of minerals such as coal, trona, natural gas, oil and via tourism. Some of the agricultural commodities produced in the state include beef, hay, sugar beets, grains like wheat and barley and wool. Wyoming has been a politically conservative state since the early 1950s with the Republican party dominating every election with the exception of 1964.
Population and demographics of Wyoming
The total population in the state as recorded in 2018 stood at around 574,000 which is barely up from the census conducted in 2010. The state currently has a healthy growth rate of 1.13% which ranks 15th in the entire nation. The state ranks 50th regarding population. The state is very sparsely populated with only 5.85 people per every square mile. There is only one other state in the country that can boast of such figures, and that’s Alaska. 51% of the population lives in 13 of the largest municipalities in the state. The largest city in the region is Cheyenne followed by Casper and Laramie.
The median age in the state is around 36.8 years, and the ratio of females to males stands at 48.9% to 51.1%. The racial diversity in the state is- 91.2% Caucasians, 2.2% Native Americans, 2.7% two or more races, 1.8% other races, 1.1% African Americans and 0.9% Asians. Wyoming is a strongly Christian state with 71% of the population practicing Christian-based faiths. 3% of the population practice non-Christian based religions and 26% of the state do not have any particular religious affiliations.
Politics of Wyoming
The Wyoming State Legislature consists of a House of Representative with 60 members and a Senate with 30 members. Wyoming, due to its sparse population has only one seat in the U.S House of Representatives and therefore has only three votes in the Electoral College. Wyoming is one of the 17 states in the country that has alcoholic beverage control.
There is no easy way to classify or describe the political history of Wyoming. It was the first state in the country to grant women the right to vote and was also the first state to have a woman governor. The day when women were granted the right to vote is celebrated in the state as Wyoming Day. In Washington, Wyoming is currently represented by two senators, Mike Enzi, and John Barrasso. Both of them are Republicans, and the state has not voted for a Democrat since 1964. In 2004, George W. Bush won is second biggest win 69% from the state of Wyoming.