These Are The 10 Wyoming Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Wyoming have the largest African American population.

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The Black community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

There are now 42 million people who identify as Black or African American living in America, making up 12% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Black population in Wyoming is 6,176 – at 1.1% of the total population of Wyoming.

The percentage growth of Blacks in America is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census’s race and ethnicity definition. As most scholars and historians agree, an increase in the diversity in America is a good thing.

We agree.

But how has the increase in the black population impacted Wyoming? Which cities and towns in Wyoming have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Wyoming with the largest African American population in 2018:

  1. Cheyenne (Photos)
  2. Cody (Photos)
  3. Rawlins (Photos)
  4. Laramie (Photos)
  5. Casper (Photos)
  6. Rock Springs (Photos)
  7. Riverton (Photos)
  8. Sheridan (Photos)
  9. Gillette (Photos)
  10. Powell (Photos)

Cheyenne took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Wyoming for 2018. See if it ranked as one of the most african american cities in America.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Wyoming ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Black, check out the best places to live in Wyoming or the most diverse places in Wyoming.

How We Determined The Cities In Wyoming With The Largest Black Population For 2018

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across Wyoming.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2012-2016 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Black or African American.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 17 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 3.4% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Cheyenne took the distinction of being the most Black, while Worland was the least African American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Wyoming ranked by population of African American residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

1. Cheyenne

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Population: 62,879
% African American: 3.39%
# Of African American Residents: 2,131
Percent Change Since 2010: 73.68%
More on Cheyenne: Data | Jobs

Cheyenne is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Wyoming and the county seat of Laramie County. It is the principal city of the Cheyenne, Wyoming, Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Laramie County. The population was 59,466 at the 2010 census. Cheyenne is the northern terminus of the extensive and fast-growing Front Range Urban Corridor that stretches from Cheyenne to Pueblo, Colorado, and has a population of 4,333,742 according to the 2010 United States Census. Cheyenne is situated on Crow Creek and Dry Creek. The Cheyenne, Wyoming Metropolitan Area had a 2010 population of 91,738, making it the 354th-most populous metropolitan area in the United States.

2. Cody

Cody, Wyoming

Population: 9,776
% African American: 2.03%
# Of African American Residents: 198
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Cody: Data | Jobs

3. Rawlins

Rawlins, Wyoming

Population: 9,114
% African American: 1.92%
# Of African American Residents: 175
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.23%
More on Rawlins: Data | Jobs

4. Laramie

Laramie, Wyoming

Source: Public domain

Population: 32,096
% African American: 1.51%
# Of African American Residents: 485
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.03%
More on Laramie: Data | Jobs

Laramie is a city and the county seat of Albany County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 30,816 at the 2010 census. Located on the Laramie River in southeastern Wyoming, the city is west of Cheyenne, at the junction of Interstate 80 and U.S. Route 287.

5. Casper

Casper, Wyoming

Source: Public domain

Population: 59,397
% African American: 1.4%
# Of African American Residents: 831
Percent Change Since 2010: 99.28%
More on Casper: Data | Jobs

Casper is a city in and the county seat of Natrona County, Wyoming, United States. Casper is the second largest city in the state, according to the 2010 census, with a population of 55,316. Only Cheyenne, the state capital, is larger. Casper is nicknamed “The Oil City” and has a long history of oil boomtown and cowboy culture, dating back to the development of the nearby Salt Creek Oil Field. In 2010, Casper was named the highest-ranked family-friendly small city in the West, and ranked eighth overall in the nation in Forbes magazine’s list of “the best small cities to raise a family”.

6. Rock Springs

Rock Springs, Wyoming

Population: 23,967
% African American: 1.2%
# Of African American Residents: 287
Percent Change Since 2010: 245.78%
More on Rock Springs: Data | Jobs

Rock Springs is a city in Sweetwater County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 23,036 at the 2010 census, making it the 5th most populated city in the state of Wyoming. Rock Springs is the principal city of the Rock Springs micropolitan statistical area, which has a population of 37,975. Rock Springs is known as the Home of 56 Nationalities because of the influx of immigrants from all over the world who came to work in the coal mines that supplied the fuel to power the steam engines of the Union Pacific Railroad. The city’s rich cultural heritage is celebrated each summer on International Day, a festival where the foods, costumes, and traditions of residents’ ancestors are recreated and enjoyed at Bunning Park in downtown Rock Springs.

7. Riverton

Riverton, Wyoming

Source: Public domain

Population: 11,044
% African American: 1.12%
# Of African American Residents: 124
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.71%
More on Riverton: Data | Jobs

Riverton is a city in Fremont County, Wyoming, United States. The city’s population was 10,615 at the 2010 census, making it the largest city in the county overall.

8. Sheridan

Sheridan, Wyoming

Population: 17,866
% African American: 1.12%
# Of African American Residents: 200
Percent Change Since 2010: 2757.14%
More on Sheridan: Data | Jobs

Sheridan is a city in Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States. The 2010 census put the population at 17,444 and a Micropolitan Statistical Area of 29,116. It is the county seat of Sheridan County.

9. Gillette

Gillette, Wyoming

Population: 32,033
% African American: 1.05%
# Of African American Residents: 336
Percent Change Since 2010: 98.82%
More on Gillette: Data | Jobs

Gillette is a city in and the county seat of Campbell County, Wyoming, United States. The population was estimated at 31,797 as of 1 July 2013. Gillette is centrally located in an area involved with the development of vast quantities of American coal, oil, and coalbed methane gas. The city calls itself the “Energy Capital of the Nation,” noting that the state of Wyoming provides nearly 35% of the nation’s coal. Over the last decade Gillette saw a population increase of 48% from the 2000 census of 19,646 residents.

10. Powell

Powell, Wyoming

Population: 6,396
% African American: 0.34%
# Of African American Residents: 22
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.0%
More on Powell: Data | Jobs

Powell is a city in Park County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 6,314 at the 2010 census. Powell is an All-America City and home to Northwest College.

There You Have It – Black Populations Across Wyoming

If you’re looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Wyoming according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in Wyoming:

  1. Worland
  2. Douglas
  3. Jackson

For more Wyoming reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Wyoming

Rank City Population % African American
1 Cheyenne 62,879 3.39%
2 Cody 9,776 2.03%
3 Rawlins 9,114 1.92%
4 Laramie 32,096 1.51%
5 Casper 59,397 1.4%
6 Rock Springs 23,967 1.2%
7 Riverton 11,044 1.12%
8 Sheridan 17,866 1.12%
9 Gillette 32,033 1.05%
10 Powell 6,396 0.34%
11 Torrington 6,759 0.3%
12 Lander 7,744 0.19%
13 Green River 12,574 0.19%
14 Evanston 12,179 0.1%
15 Jackson 10,279 0.07%
16 Douglas 6,478 0.02%
17 Worland 5,383 0.0%

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