50 Interesting Facts About Wyoming

Last updated on January 22nd, 2021

39. Gun ownership is a controversial issue in many states in the US. In Wyoming, most people have a gun and there are indications that Wyoming ranks among the states with the highest rates of gun ownership in the US. For every 1,000 residents, there are 195.7 guns in the state. The good thing is that gun homicide is very rare in Wyoming. The people of this state do not have a habit of using their guns on each other.[25]

40. Wyoming tops the list for the state with the most drunk-driving fatalities (7.60 fatalities per 100,000 people) followed by South Carolina, North Dakota, New Mexico, and Alabama. Texas (the Lonestar State) has the fewest drunk driving fatalities with only 0.63 per 100,000 people.[31]

41. In many states in the US, homeowners lock their doors and secure their homes with all sorts of gadgets. In Wyoming, many people have an open door policy. The people here look out for each other and some do not even lock the doors when they leave the house.

wild horses Wyoming

42. Wyoming is not short of cars, buses, and trucks. However, many people here own a horse or two. For this reason, it is very common to see horseback riders in many towns in this state. And did you know that Wyoming is home to the nation’s second-largest wild horse population (behind Nevada)?

43. Wyoming has the distinction of having produced the oldest former governor in American history. At the time of her death in 1977, Nellie Tayloe Ross (1876-1977) was 101 years old. That made her the oldest former state governor in the USA.[26]

44. Many people in Wyoming do not have to go the butcher’s or the grocery store for beef or fish. Many people here enjoying fishing and eating their own catch is quite normal. You can even hunt your own bison to meet your protein needs.

State Flag of Wyoming
Flag of Wyoming. Image credit – Wikipedia.org

45. The Wyoming state flag is mostly blue with red and white borders. The blue color stands for justice while the white color represents purity. The red color represents the blood of pioneers and Native Americans who died in the Indian Wars.[27]

46. The name Wyoming comes from a Native American expression that means “at the big plains”. This refers to the high-elevation prairies in some parts of the present day Wyoming.

47. Wyoming is full of cowboys and this means boots and hats are very popular here. In fact, Wyoming is one of the few places where people wear their cowboy outfits to social events.

48. Cody, Wyoming is named after a colorful character called William Frederick Cody. This man is also known as “Buffalo Bill”. He got this nickname in recognition of his buffalo hunting skills. William Cody allegedly killed over 4,200 buffaloes. Cody supplied the animals as meat to workers of the Kansas Pacific Railroad Company.

49. Wyoming is a leading uranium producer and has the largest amount of known uranium reserves in the country.[34]

50. The world’s largest radio telescope was operated by the University of Wyoming in 1978. It was built on Jelm Mountain.[35]

Wyoming state – quick facts and state symbols

State AbbreviationWY
State CapitalCheyenne
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Largest CityCheyenne
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 97,814 sq miles; Land Only: 97,100 sq miles
Population
579,315
(Estimate July 1, 2017 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodJuly 10, 1890
State rank by population50th
State rank by date of formation44th
State rank by area10th
Number of Counties23
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DemonymWyomingite
Slogan“Like No Place on Earth”
Bordering StatesColorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah
Official LanguageEnglish
Highest PointGannett Peak
13,809 ft (4209.1 m)
Lowest pointBelle Fourche River at South Dakota border
3,101 ft (945 m)
Length280 miles (452 km)
Width372.8 miles (600 km)
GovernorMark Gordon (R)
Electoral Votes3
State MottoEqual Rights
State NicknameEquality State
% Water0.7
Famous peopleJim Beaver (Actor)
Jim J. Bullock (Actor)
Darren Dalton (Actor)
State BirdWestern meadowlark
State ButterflySheridan's Green Hairstreak Butterfly
State DinosaurTriceratops
State FishCutthroat Trout
State FlowerIndian Paintbrush
State FossilKnightia
State GemstoneJade
State MammalAmerican bison
State ReptileHorned toad
State ShrubWyoming Big Sagebrush
State TreePlains cottonwood
Longitude104°3'W to 111°3'W
Latitude41°N to 45°N
Time ZoneMountain Time Zone
Websitewyoming.gov
Area Codes307
Table last updatedJune 8, 2020