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Torrington, Wyoming
—  City  —
Sign at western entrance to Torrington
Location of Torrington, Wyoming
Coordinates: 42°4′0″N 104°10′57″W / 42.066667°N 104.1825°W / 42.066667; -104.1825
Country United States
State Wyoming
County Goshen
 - Mayor Leroy Schafer
 - Total 3.6 sq mi (9.3 km2)
 - Land 3.6 sq mi (9.2 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 4,104 ft (1,251 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 5,776
 - Density 1,617.4/sq mi (624.5/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 - Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 82240
Area code(s) 307
FIPS code 56-77530[1]
GNIS feature ID 1595642[2]

Torrington is a city in and the county seat of Goshen County, Wyoming, United States.[3] The population was 5,776 at the 2000 census.



The city was founded by W.G. Curtis and named by him for his home town of Torrington, Connecticut. Originally a watering and coaling station Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CB&Q), the blossoming town soon became the main source of civilization for nearby residents. With a post office (established in 1889) and several businesses, it became a central area of trade for that region of Wyoming. The town site was surveyed April 21, 1900 by Ashland B. Smith of the Lincoln Land Company of Nebraska, and in June the land was sold to its residents for one dollar by the president of the real estate extension of the CB&Q. Torrington was incorporated in 1908.

When Goshen County was created from part of the northern end of Laramie County in 1911, Torrington and Lingle competed for the title of county seat. Torrington was eventually selected after its residents raised enough money to build the courthouse, which was constructed in 1913.


Torrington is located at 42°4′0″N 104°10′57″W / 42.066667°N 104.1825°W / 42.066667; -104.1825 (42.066542, -104.182471)[4].

The city is situated on the North Platte River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.2 km²). Its elevation is 4104 feet, 1251 meters.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,776 people, 2,436 households, and 1,522 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,617.4 people per square mile (624.7/km²). There were 2,644 housing units at an average density of 740.4/sq mi (286.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.49% White, 0.31% African American, 0.90% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 3.65% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.47% of the population.

There were 2,436 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 21.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,136, and the median income for a family was $40,750. Males had a median income of $31,058 versus $20,101 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,026. About 9.3% of families and 13.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.0% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.


Public education in the city of Torrington is provided by Goshen County School District #1. Zoned campuses include Lincoln Elementary School (grades K-2), Trail Elementary School (grades 3-5), Torrington Middle School (grades 6-8), Torrington High School (grades 9-12).


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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