Converse County, Wyoming
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Converse County, Wyoming
Douglas State Fair.jpg
Flag of Converse County, Wyoming
Flag
Map of Wyoming highlighting Converse County
Location in the U.S. state of Wyoming
Map of the United States highlighting Wyoming
Wyoming's location in the U.S.
Founded 1888
Seat Douglas
Largest city Douglas
Area
 o Total 4,265 sq mi (11,046 km2)
 o Land 4,255 sq mi (11,020 km2)
 o Water 10 sq mi (26 km2), 0.2%
Population (est.)
 o (2016) 14,191
 o Density 3.3/sq mi (1.3/km2)
Congressional district At-large
Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website conversecounty.org
Dave Johnston power plant, a large coal-fired generating station at Glenrock, owned by PacifiCorp

Converse County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,833.[1] Its county seat is Douglas.[2]

History

Converse County was created on March 9, 1888 by the legislature of the Wyoming Territory. The county was formed from land ceded by Albany County and Laramie County[3]

Converse County was named for A.R. Converse, a banker and rancher from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Converse was a partner with Francis E. Warren in a large ranch in the eastern part of Converse County.[4]

In 1911, Converse County lost territory when Niobrara County was created. The boundaries of Converse County were slightly modified in a special election in 1955, and land from Albany County was added.

The elected county commission governs each Wyoming county. Former Commissioner David R. Edwards resigned in January 2012 after three years of service because of health problems. He was a Republican who had previously served in the Wyoming House of Representatives from 2001 to 2008.[5]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,265 square miles (11,050 km2), of which 4,255 square miles (11,020 km2) is land and 10 square miles (26 km2) (0.2%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties

Landscape in Converse County

National protected areas

Major Highways

Demographics

2000 census

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 12,052 people, 4,694 households, and 3,407 families residing in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 5,669 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.72% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.91% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.46% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. 5.48% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 26.6% were of German, 13.5% American, 12.2% English and 11.1% Irish ancestry.

There were 4,694 households out of which 36.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.60% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.40% were non-families. Of 4,694 households, 253 were unmarried partner households: 228 heterosexual, 12 same-sex male, and 13 same-sex female.

23.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.50% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 99.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,603, and the median income for a family was $45,905. Males had a median income of $36,443 versus $19,032 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,744. About 9.20% of families and 11.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.70% of those under age 18 and 9.70% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 13,833 people, 5,673 households, and 3,860 families residing in the county.[11] The population density was 3.3 inhabitants per square mile (1.3/km2). There were 6,403 housing units at an average density of 1.5 per square mile (0.58/km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 95.1% white, 0.8% American Indian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 1.7% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 6.3% of the population.[11] In terms of ancestry, 36.8% were German, 19.8% were Irish, 18.0% were English, and 6.2% were American.[13]

Of the 5,673 households, 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.0% were non-families, and 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.93. The median age was 39.0 years.[11]

The median income for a household in the county was $54,599 and the median income for a family was $69,057. Males had a median income of $54,863 versus $32,025 for females. The per capita income for the county was $27,656. About 4.5% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.8% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.[14]

Communities

City

Towns

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Politics

Like most of Wyoming, Converse County is overwhelmingly Republican. Since Wyoming statehood in 1890, it has only been won by two Democrats - Woodrow Wilson in 1916 and Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932 and 1936 - and even these two won the county by no more than seven percentage points. The last Democrat to win forty percent of the county's vote was Lyndon Johnson in 1964, and the last to pass so much as 22 percent was Bill Clinton in 1996.

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 83.0% 5,520 10.0% 668 7.0% 466
2012 79.5% 5,043 17.2% 1,089 3.3% 211
2008 76.3% 4,922 21.4% 1,380 2.3% 149
2004 77.7% 4,447 20.7% 1,184 1.6% 94
2000 75.7% 3,919 20.8% 1,076 3.5% 180
1996 55.0% 2,702 31.0% 1,520 14.0% 689
1992 45.4% 2,159 27.5% 1,307 27.1% 1,285
1988 68.5% 2,885 30.9% 1,301 0.7% 29
1984 78.3% 3,542 20.5% 929 1.2% 52
1980 70.6% 2,987 21.8% 922 7.6% 320
1976 65.4% 2,188 34.4% 1,150 0.3% 9
1972 77.1% 2,312 22.7% 682 0.2% 6
1968 69.6% 1,658 20.7% 492 9.7% 232
1964 55.5% 1,559 44.5% 1,250
1960 67.6% 1,933 32.4% 926
1956 71.2% 1,855 28.8% 751
1952 70.5% 2,056 29.2% 850 0.3% 10
1948 56.8% 1,327 42.6% 996 0.6% 15
1944 62.1% 1,601 38.0% 979
1940 57.5% 1,889 42.5% 1,395 0.1% 2
1936 47.9% 1,556 50.4% 1,639 1.7% 56
1932 45.1% 1,569 53.5% 1,860 1.4% 48
1928 70.5% 2,040 29.2% 845 0.3% 8
1924 58.5% 1,758 17.4% 524 24.1% 725
1920 69.4% 1,561 30.2% 679 0.4% 9
1916 45.6% 766 52.3% 879 2.1% 35
1912 39.2% 540 31.6% 436 29.2% 403
1908 58.4% 1,030 40.6% 716 1.1% 19
1904 72.3% 1,098 26.0% 395 1.7% 25
1900 66.2% 795 33.8% 406
1896 55.4% 585 43.4% 459 1.2% 13
1892 54.2% 494 45.8% 417

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved .
  3. ^ Long, John H. (2006). "Wyoming: Individual County Chronologies". Wyoming Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. Archived from the original on 2011-10-04. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Urbanek, Mae (1988). Wyoming Place Names. Missoula, MT: Mountain Press Publishing Company. ISBN 0-87842-204-8.
  5. ^ "David Richard Edwards". wyomingnews.com. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ "Historical Decennial Census Population for Wyoming Counties, Cities, and Towns". Wyoming Department of Administration & Information, Division of Economic Analysis. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved .
  11. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES - 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS - 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved .
  15. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved .

External links

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