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Panorama view of Devils Tower, located in the Bear Lodge Ranger District of the Black Hills, near Hulett and Sundance in Crook County, northeastern Wyoming (2021)
Panorama view of Devils Tower, located in the Bear Lodge Ranger District of the Black Hills, near Hulett and Sundance in Crook County, northeastern Wyoming (2021)

Wyoming (/wˈmɪŋ/ (listen)) is a state in the Mountain West subregion of the Western United States. It is bordered by Montana to the north and northwest, South Dakota and Nebraska to the east, Idaho to the west, Utah to the southwest, and Colorado to the south. With a population of 576,851 in the 2020 United States census, Wyoming is the least populous state despite being the 10th largest by area, with the second-lowest population density after Alaska. The state capital and most populous city is Cheyenne, which had an estimated population of 63,957 in 2018.

Wyoming's western half is covered mostly by the ranges and rangelands of the Rocky Mountains, while the eastern half of the state is high-elevation prairie called the High Plains. It is drier and windier than the rest of the country, being split between semi-arid and continental climates with greater temperature extremes. Almost half of the land in Wyoming is owned by the federal government, generally protected for public uses. The state ranks 6th by area and fifth by proportion of a state's land owned by the federal government. Federal lands include two national parks (Grand Teton and Yellowstone), two national recreation areas, two national monuments, several national forests, historic sites, fish hatcheries, and wildlife refuges.

Indigenous peoples inhabited the region for thousands of years. Historic and current federally recognized tribes include the Arapaho, Crow, Lakota, and Shoshone. During European exploration, the Spanish Empire was the first to "claim" Southern Wyoming. With Mexican independence, it became part of that republic. After defeat in the Mexican–American War, Mexico ceded this territory to the U.S. in 1848. (Full article...)

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Wyoming, 1883

There is evidence of prehistoric human habitation in the region known today as the U.S. state of Wyoming stretching back roughly 13,000 years. Stone projectile points associated with the Clovis, Folsom and Plano cultures have been discovered throughout Wyoming. Evidence from what is now Yellowstone National Park indicates the presence of vast continental trading networks since around 1,000 years ago.

The Union Pacific Railroad played a central role in the European settlement of the area. Wyoming would become a U.S. territory in 1868. It was the first state to grant women the right to vote in 1869 (although it was then still a territory). Wyoming would become a U.S. state on July 10, 1890 as the 44th state. (Full article...)
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Largest cities

The State of Wyoming has 99 incorporated municipalities.

Most Populous Wyoming Cities and Towns[1]
Rank City County Population
1 Cheyenne Laramie 63,957
2 Casper Natrona 57,461
3 Laramie Albany 32,473
4 Gillette Campbell 31,903
5 Rock Springs Sweetwater 23,082
6 Sheridan Sheridan 17,849
7 Green River Sweetwater 11,978
8 Evanston Uinta 11,704
9 Riverton Fremont 10,996
10 Jackson Teton 10,429
11 Cody Park 9,828
12 Rawlins Carbon 8,658
13 Lander Fremont 7,503
14 Torrington Goshen 6,701
15 Powell Park 6,310
16 Douglas Converse 6,273

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    1. ^ "City and Town Population Totals: 2010-2018". 2018 Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. March 1, 2020. Retrieved March 1, 2020.[dead link]
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