The state of Wyoming's Economic Analysis Division released the 2012 edition of its "Wyoming – Just the Facts!" publication this week.
The fact sheet lays out a host of basic Wyoming facts and how those figures compare nationally. The division says the information covers "demography, weather & geography, recreation & tourism, crime & law enforcement, education, health & social welfare, housing, the economy, employment & labor, tax environment, mining, energy, & the environment, transportation, agriculture, and government."
Data from 63 different sources has been plugged into the four-page sheet. Although most of the information comes from 2010 or earlier (2011 just ended, after all), it's a good one-stop shop for stats.
Here's a sampling of facts from the publication:
- The Bureau of Land Management controls 17.6 million acres in Wyoming, the U.S. Forest Service 9.2 million acres (spread among 10 national forests) the National Park Service 2.4 million.
- There were 1,560 filed bankruptcies in Wyoming in 2010 (per capita, that ranked 44th in the U.S.).
- Approximately 8.9 percent of Wyoming's workers were employed in mining in 2010 (tops in the nation), while 25.7 percent worked in government (second-highest).
- Wyoming's per capita crime rate ranked 32nd overall, but 43rd for violent crime back in 2009.
- The state paid an estimated $16,066 per pupil on the state's public schools in 2011 (fourth highest in the nation)
- The average elevation in Wyoming is 6,700 feet above sea level.
- Our state dinosaur is the triceratops.