Opal, Wyoming

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Population in 2017: 105 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: +2.9%
Males: 53  (51.0%)
Females: 52  (49.0%)
Median resident age:

52.1 years
Wyoming median age:

37.5 years

Zip code: 83124

Estimated median household income in 2017: $61,802 (it was $38,750 in 2000)
Opal:

$61,802
WY:

$60,434

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $23,170 (it was $14,355 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $64,407 (it was $27,500 in 2000)
Opal:

$64,407
WY:

$214,300
March 2019 cost of living index in Opal: 81.0 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 5.7%
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  • Races in Opal, WY (2010)
    • 8689.6%White alone
    • 77.3%Hispanic
    • 11.0%American Indian alone
    • 11.0%Asian alone
    • 11.0%Two or more races



According to our research of Wyoming and other state lists, there was 1 registered sex offender living in Opal, Wyoming as of July 02, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Opal is 105 to 1.


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Ancestries: English (38.8%), American (16.3%), German (14.3%), European (8.2%), British (4.1%), Norwegian (2.0%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 6666 feet

Land area: 0.43 square miles.

Population density: 244 people per square mile   (very low).

Opal, Wyoming map

13 residents are foreign born (7.7% Europe, 2.9% Africa).

This town:

12.5%
Wyoming:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $930 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $270 (0.4%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Ogden, UT (92.7 miles , pop. 77,226).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Northeast Jefferson, CO (307.1 miles , pop. 450,166).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Phoenix, AZ (578.0 miles , pop. 1,321,045).

Nearest cities:

Oakley, WY (3.2 miles),
Diamondville, WY (3.3 miles ),
Kemmerer, WY (3.4 miles ),
Fontenelle, WY (4.5 miles),
Granger, WY (4.7 miles),
Carter, WY (4.8 miles),
Little America, WY (5.3 miles),
Lyman, WY (5.5 miles )

Latitude: 41.77 N, Longitude: 110.33 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 307

Distribution of median household income in Opal, WY in 2017
Distribution of house value in Opal, WY in 2017

Opal satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.6%
Wyoming:

3.8%

Average climate in Opal, Wyoming

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI PM10
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 47.5. This is significantly better than average.

City:

47.5
U.S.:

74.2
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 15.5. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 13.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

15.5
U.S.:

19.6

Earthquake activity:

Opal-area historical earthquake activity is above Wyoming state average. It is 208% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 194.1 miles away from Opal center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW) earthquake occurred 237.5 miles away from the city center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 383.8 miles away from Opal center
On 3/28/1975 at 02:31:05, a magnitude 6.2 (6.1 MB, 6.0 MS, 6.2 ML, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 111.9 miles away from the city center
On 2/3/1994 at 09:05:04, a magnitude 5.8 (5.4 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, 5.8 ML, Depth: 4.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 76.9 miles away from Opal center
On 6/30/1975 at 18:54:13, a magnitude 6.1 (5.6 MB, 5.9 MS, 6.1 UK, 6.1 ML) earthquake occurred 201.8 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Lincoln County (3) is a lot smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 1
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Drought: 1, Fire: 1, Flood: 1, Landslide: 1, Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals and medical centers near Opal:

  • SOUTH LINCOLN NURSING CENTER (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; KEMMERER, WY)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Opal:

  • Western Wyoming Community College (about 58 miles; Rock Springs, WY; Full-time enrollment: 2,086)
  • Utah State University (about 77 miles; Logan, UT; FT enrollment: 21,131)
  • Weber State University (about 93 miles; Ogden, UT; FT enrollment: 17,655)
  • University of Utah (about 106 miles; Salt Lake City, UT; FT enrollment: 28,454)
  • Latter-day Saints Business College (about 108 miles; Salt Lake City, UT; FT enrollment: 2,059)
  • Westminster College (about 108 miles; Salt Lake City, UT; FT enrollment: 2,870)
  • Western Governors University (about 110 miles; Salt Lake City, UT; FT enrollment: 31,481)

Points of interest:

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Lincoln County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Opal and their reported violations in the past:

OPAL, TOWN OF (Population served: 102, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Single Sample - Between JAN-2008 and DEC-2010, Contaminant: Gross Alpha, Excl. Radon and U
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) - In DEC-10-2012, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (APR-01-2013)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2012 and DEC-2012, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (2 times from MAY-13-2013 to MAY-23-2013)
Average household size:
This town:

2.5 people
Wyoming:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

73.7%
Whole state:

64.6%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

15.8%
Whole state:

7.1%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 2.6% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Opal:

Marital status in Opal, WY
  • Never married: 29.9%
  • Now married: 48.3%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 5.2%
  • Divorced: 16.7%

For population 25 years and over in Opal:

  • High school or higher: 67.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 0.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.4 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

29.7
Wyoming average:

9.7

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Opal, WY (based on Lincoln County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Other9,59927
Evangelical Protestant96414
Catholic5964
Mainline Protestant2535
None6,694-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
Here:

2.47 / 10,000 pop.
Wyoming:

2.10 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Here:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 14
Here:

8.66 / 10,000 pop.
Wyoming:

5.36 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 18
This county:

11.13 / 10,000 pop.
Wyoming:

10.08 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.5%
Wyoming:

7.1%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

21.6%
State:

24.4%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Opal:

48.8%
Wyoming:

49.3%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Opal:

42.1%
State:

46.5%

Average BMI:
Here:

28.8
State:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

19.9%
Wyoming:

21.4%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Opal:

7.1%
Wyoming:

10.1%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Opal:

6.7
Wyoming:

6.8

Overweight people:
Opal:

28.1%
Wyoming:

34.9%

General health condition:
This city:

58.9%
Wyoming:

56.4%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

78.4%
Wyoming:

78.5%

More about Health and Nutrition of Opal, WY Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Water Supply 1$2,829$33,9480$0
Judicial and Legal 0$0 0$0
Streets and Highways 0$0 0$0
Sewerage 0$0 0$0
Financial Administration 0$0 1$2,358
Other Government Administration 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 1$2,829$33,9481$2,358

Opal government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - General Public Buildings: $45,000 ($428.57)
    Central Staff Services: $37,000 ($352.38)
    Electric Utilities: $10,000 ($95.24)
    Water Utilities: $8,000 ($76.19)
    Solid Waste Management: $8,000 ($76.19)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $6,000 ($57.14)
    Parks and Recreation: $6,000 ($57.14)
    Sewerage: $3,000 ($28.57)
    Financial Administration: $2,000 ($19.05)
    Health - Other: $2,000 ($19.05)
    Regular Highways: $2,000 ($19.05)
    General - Other: $1,000 ($9.52)
  • Other Capital Outlay - General Public Building: $19,000 ($180.95)
    Sewerage: $17,000 ($161.90)
    Water Utilities: $13,000 ($123.81)
    Regular Highways: $3,000 ($28.57)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $59,000 ($561.90)

Opal government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $10,000 ($95.24)
    Solid Waste Management: $7,000 ($66.67)
    Other: $1,000 ($9.52)
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $27,000 ($257.14)
    Other: $14,000 ($133.33)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $20,000 ($190.48)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $18,000 ($171.43)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $78,000 ($742.86)
    Other: $1,000 ($9.52)
  • Tax - Property: $6,000 ($57.14)
    Public Utilities Sales: $3,000 ($28.57)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $1,000 ($9.52)

Opal government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $73,000 ($695.24)

8.40% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($69,358 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.40%
Wyoming average:

7.08%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Teton County, WY  0.77% ($67,423 average AGI)
from Salt Lake County, UT  0.44% ($59,300)
from Uinta County, WY  0.34% ($64,391)


6.54% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($52,237 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.54%
Wyoming average:

7.86%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Teton County, WY  0.51% ($61,588 average AGI)
to Sweetwater County, WY  0.45% ($59,267)
to Sublette County, WY  0.35% ($51,348)

Strongest AM radio stations in Opal:

  • KMER (950 AM; 5 kW; KEMMERER, WY; Owner: CHAPARRAL BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KALL (700 AM; 50 kW; NORTH SALT LAKE CITY, UT; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KIQN (1010 AM; 50 kW; TOOELE, UT)
  • KSL (1160 AM; 50 kW; SALT LAKE CITY, UT; Owner: BONNEVILLE HOLDING COMPANY)
  • KSOS (800 AM; 10 kW; BRIGHAM CITY, UT; Owner: SIMMONS-SLC, LS, LLC)
  • KTKK (630 AM; 10 kW; SANDY, UT; Owner: UNITED BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KRKK (1360 AM; 5 kW; ROCK SPRINGS, WY; Owner: BIG THICKET B/CING CO. OF WY, INC.)
  • KVNU (610 AM; 5 kW; LOGAN, UT; Owner: SUN VALLEY RADIO,INC.)
  • KTWO (1030 AM; 50 kW; CASPER, WY; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KNZZ (1100 AM; 50 kW; GRAND JUNCTION, CO; Owner: M B C GRAND BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KBEE (860 AM; 10 kW; SALT LAKE CITY, UT; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KANN (1120 AM; 10 kW; ROY, UT; Owner: FAITH COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • KRSV (1210 AM; 5 kW; AFTON, WY; Owner: WESTERN WYOMING RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Opal:

  • KDWY (105.3 FM; DIAMONDVILLE, WY; Owner: JERROLD T. LUNDQUIST)
  • KAOX (107.3 FM; KEMMERER, WY; Owner: JERROLD T. LUNDQUIST)
  • KOTB (106.1 FM; EVANSTON, WY; Owner: ROCKY MOUNTAIN RADIO NETWORK, INC.)
  • KNYN (99.1 FM; FORT BRIDGER, WY; Owner: M. KENT FRANDSEN)
  • K209DC (89.7 FM; EVANSTON, WY; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • K296AT (107.1 FM; LA BARGE, WY; Owner: WESTERN INSPIRATIONAL BROADCASTERS, INC)
  • K240CP (95.9 FM; EVANSTON, WY; Owner: WESTERN INSPIRATIONAL BROADCASTERS, INC)

TV broadcast stations around Opal:

  • K25EE (Channel 25; MOUNTAIN VIEW, ETC., UT; Owner: DAGGETT COUNTY TELEVISION DEPT.)
  • K59BV (Channel 59; LAVA HOT SPRINGS, ID; Owner: STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION (IEPBS))

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

2
  • Zeigler Butte, 21 Km Southeast Of (Lat: 41.677056 Lon: -110.123972), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 24.4 m, Overall height: 25 m, Call Sign: KNKN259
    Assigned Frequencies: 880.020 MHz, 880.020 MHz, 880.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 846.510 MHz, 846.510 MHz, 846.510 MHz, Grant Date: 08/18/2009, Expiration Date: 10/05/2019Registrant: Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP, 8300 Greensboro Drive, Suite 1200, Mclean, VA 22102, Phone: (703) 584-8665, Fax: (703) 584-8696, Email:
  • 1.0 Km Se Of (Lat: 41.778056 Lon: -110.329639), Type: Tower, Structure height: 25 m, Overall height: 26.5 m, Call Sign: KNKN259
    Assigned Frequencies: 880.020 MHz, 880.020 MHz, 880.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 846.510 MHz, 846.510 MHz, 846.510 MHz, Grant Date: 08/18/2009, Expiration Date: 10/05/2019Registrant: Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP, 8300 Greensboro Drive, Suite 1200, Mclean, VA 22102, Phone: (703) 584-8665, Fax: (703) 584-8696, Email:

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

2
  • Lat: 41.770472 Lon: -110.323083, Call Sign: WQEK352,
    Assigned Frequencies: 159.000 MHz, Grant Date: 02/22/2016, Expiration Date: 02/17/2026, Certifier: Doug Hutchinson, Registrant: Clark Wireless, 450 E Day St Ste A, Pocatello, ID 83201, Phone: (208) 232-1499, Fax: (208) 232-1495, Email:
  • Lat: 41.792917 Lon: -110.327083, Call Sign: WQHG597,
    Assigned Frequencies: 451.862 MHz, Grant Date: 06/30/2017, Expiration Date: 07/24/2027, Certifier: Dennis Skruhak, Registrant: Keller And Heckman LLP, 1001 G Street, Nw, Suite 500 West, Washington, DC 20001-4545, Phone: (202) 434-4100, Fax: (202) 434-4646, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

14 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: KF7FTL, Licensee ID: L01528953, Grant Date: 11/10/2009, Expiration Date: 11/10/2019, Certifier: Donald P Hutchinson, Registrant: Donald P Hutchinson, Opal, WY 83124

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Opal, WY
  • 61.0%Wood
  • 17.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 12.2%Electricity
  • 4.9%Utility gas
  • 4.9%Coal or coke
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Opal, WY
  • 100.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Opal compared to Wyoming state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.
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