Wyoming Facts


Wyoming Location In The US Wyoming State Map

Wyoming is known for:

  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Devil's Tower
  • Diverse wildlife
  • Hot springs
  • Oil and gas production
  • Harsh environment

Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation WY
State Capital Cheyenne
State Size Total (Land + Water): 97,814 sq miles; Land Only: 97,100 sq miles
Number of Counties 23
Time Zone Mountain Time Zone
Bordering States Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah
Highest PointGannett Peak, 13,809 feet
Tallest Building White Hall in University of Wyoming in Cheyenne, 146 feet
Largest StadiumJonah Field at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, capacity 32,580
National ParksGrand Teton National Park
Yellowstone National Park
State Population (2020)576,851
State Population Density5.9 people / square mile
Area Codes 307
Top 5 Cities (2020 population) Cheyenne (64,742)
Casper (58,498)
Laramie (32,661)
Gillette (32,220)
Rock Springs (22,943)

Government & Legislature

Statehood July 10, 1890
Electoral Votes3
State Flag Wyoming State Flag
GovernorOfficial Wyoming Governor Website
U. S. SenatorsList of U. S. Senators From Wyoming
U. S. RepresentativesList of U. S. Representatives From Wyoming
State SenatorsList of Wyoming State Senators
State RepresentativesList of Wyoming State Representatives
State GovernmentOfficial Site
State ConstitutionWyoming State Constitution
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization DateOctober 21, 2014
Road ConditionsWyoming Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date September 03, 2007

State Symbols

State Bird Western meadowlark
State ButterflySheridan's green hairstreak
State CoinSacagawea Golden Dollar Coin
State DinosaurTriceratops
State FishCutthroat trout
State Flower Indian paintbrush
State FossilKnightia
State GemstoneJade
State GrassWestern wheatgrass
State MammalBison
State Motto Equal Rights
State Nickname Equality State
State ReptileHorned toad
State ShrubWyoming big sagebrush
State Song"Wyoming"
State SportRodeo
State Tree Plains cottonwood

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams None
NCAA Division I Schools University of Wyoming (Mountain West)

Popular Tourist Attractions

UNESCO Heritage Sites

Festivals and Events

Top festivals and events in Wyoming. They are listed in approximate order of when they take place during the year.

Festival / Event When Location
Wyoming Brewers Festival June Cheyenne
Casper Balloon Roundup July Casper
Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo July Casper
Cheyenne Frontier Days July Cheyenne
Cody Stampede Rodeo July Cody
Evanston Brew Fest July Evanston
Riverton Rendezvous Balloon Rally July Riverton
Beartrap Summer Festival August Casper
Wyoming State Fair August Douglas
Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival September Jackson

Popular Iconic Wyoming Foods

Wyoming is famous for the following foods:

  • Rocky Mountain Oysters
  • Trout
  • Chicken Fried Steak
  • Elk
  • Bison Burgers
  • Chokecherry Preserves
  • Rack of Lamb
  • White Chili

Famous People Born In Wyoming

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Jim Beaver
  • Jim J. Bullock
  • Darren Dalton

Wyoming Fun Facts

  • The name Wyoming originated from a Native American word, mecheweamiing, meaning "at the big plains."
  • Wyoming is nicknamed "The Equality State" as it was the first state in the United States to give women the right to vote, which it did as a territory in 1869.
  • Devil's Tower in Wyoming, established on September 24, 1906, was the first national monument in the United States.
  • Most of the Yellowstone National Park lies in Wyoming. Established in 1872, it is the first national park in the United States.
  • The first national forest was established in Wyoming on March 30, 1891, when President Teddy Roosevelt created the Shoshone National Forest as the Yellowstone Forest Reserve.
  • J. C. Penney (James Cash Penney) opened a Golden Rule Store in Kemmerer, Wyoming, on April 14, 1902. Penney later expanded the business, and changed the store's name to "J. C. Penney" as it is known today.
  • The ten largest coal mines in the United States are all located in Wyoming.
  • White Hall, on the University of Wyoming's campus in Laramie, is the tallest building in the state. The 12-story dormitory is 200 feet high.
  • Established in 1886, the Laramie County Library System is the oldest continually operating county library system in the country.
  • Wyoming is one of two states with an official State Shrub: Wyoming big sagebrush.

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