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Natrona County, Wyoming
Map of Wyoming highlighting Natrona County
Location in the state of Wyoming
Map of the U.S. highlighting Wyoming
Wyoming's location in the U.S.
Seat Casper
Largest city Casper
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

5,376 sq mi (13,924 km²)
5,340 sq mi (13,831 km²)
36 sq mi (93 km²), 0.67%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

66,533
12.4/sq mi (5/km²)
Founded 1888
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.natrona.net

Natrona County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of the 2000 census, the population was 66,533. Its county seat is Casper[1]. It is included in the Casper, Wyoming metropolitan statistical area which encompasses all of Natrona County. The center of population of Wyoming is located in Natrona County, in the town of Alcova.[2]

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History

Natrona County was initially organized in the year 1888. The first settlement occurred in the Casper area in the late 1800s. [3]

Geography

Badlands of Hell's Half-Acre, Natrona Co.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 5,376 square miles (13,923 km²), of which, 5,340 square miles (13,830 km²) of it is land and 36 square miles (93 km²) of it (0.67%) is water.

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Government

Natrona County is governed by the Casper City Council and the Natrona County Commission. Current commissioners are:

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1890 1,094
1900 1,785 63.2%
1910 4,766 167.0%
1920 14,635 207.1%
1930 24,272 65.8%
1940 23,858 −1.7%
1950 31,437 31.8%
1960 49,623 57.8%
1970 51,264 3.3%
1980 71,856 40.2%
1990 61,226 −14.8%
2000 66,533 8.7%
Est. 2008 73,129 9.9%
sources:[4][5][6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 66,533 persons, 26,819 households, and 17,754 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 29,882 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.15% White, 0.76% Black or African American, 1.03% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.92% from other races, and 1.68% from two or more races. 4.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.6% were of German, 11.6% English, 11.3% American and 11.2% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 26,819 households out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.40% were married couples living together, 10.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.80% were non-families. 27.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county the population was distributed as follows: 26.00% under the age of 18, 10.10% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,619, and the median income for a family was $45,575. Males had a median income of $33,524 versus $21,374 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,913. About 8.70% of families and 11.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.20% of those under age 18 and 7.20% of those age 65 or over.

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Coordinates: 42°58′N 106°48′W / 42.97°N 106.80°W / 42.97; -106.80


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