Opal, Wyoming

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Population in 2013: 97 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -4.9%
Males: 42  (43.9%)
Females: 55  (56.1%)
Median resident age:  44.5 years
Wyoming median age:  42.3 years

Zip code: 83124

Estimated median household income in 2012: $73,996 (it was $38,750 in 2000)
Opal:

$73,996
WY:

$54,901
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $35,279 (it was $14,355 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $96,546 (it was $27,500 in 2000)
Opal:

$96,546
WY:

$187,400
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $53,657; Detached houses: $83,807; Mobile homes: $28,532
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  • White alone - 86 (89.6%)
  • Hispanic - 7 (7.3%)
  • American Indian alone - 1 (1.0%)
  • Asian alone - 1 (1.0%)
  • Two or more races - 1 (1.0%)
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Opal: 81.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: Irish (25.7%), German (22.9%), Italian (14.3%), United States (7.1%), English (5.7%), Dutch (2.9%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 6666 feet

Land area: 0.43 square miles.

Population density: 225 people per square mile   (very low).

Opal, Wyoming map

For population 25 years and over in Opal:

  • High school or higher: 89.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 0.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Opal town:

  • Never married: 12.3%
  • Now married: 78.2%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 0.0%
  • Divorced: 9.6%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $644 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $350 (0.5%)

Opal satellite photo by USGS

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 ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 1 building, cost: $75,000

Latitude: 41.77 N, Longitude: 110.33 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 307

Opal household income distribution Opal home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

5.1%
Wyoming:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (37%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (21%)
  • Construction (21%)
  • Utilities (16%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Manufacturing (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (43%)
  • Health care and social assistance (29%)
  • Accommodation and food services (19%)
  • Public administration (10%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Construction (0%)
  • Manufacturing (0%)

Average climate in Opal, Wyoming

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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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 the city 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 Opal 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 the city 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 (2) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Drought: 1, Fire: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Opal topographic map

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)

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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

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 118. This is significantly worse than average.

City:

118
U.S.:

74

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 9.51. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 14.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.51
U.S.:

20.22

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)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 0.0%
(0.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
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

Opal compared to Wyoming state average:

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

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Opal travel time to work - commute Opal mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Wood (27%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (23%)
  • Coal or coke (23%)
  • Utility gas (18%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Opal town (based on Lincoln County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 71.35%
Here: 71.4%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameLDS (Mormon) ChurchCatholic ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionLutheran ChurchOther
Adherents76.8%15.8%3.1%1.8%2.6%
Congregations61.8%11.8%8.8%2.9%14.7%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
Lincoln County:

2.47 / 10,000 pop.
Wyoming:

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

0.62 / 10,000 pop.
Wyoming:

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

8.66 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

11.13 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

7.5%
Wyoming:

7.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Lincoln County:

21.6%
Wyoming:

24.4%
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
Financial Administration 0$0 1$2,358
Water Supply 1$2,829$33,9480$0
Totals for Government 1$2,829$33,9481$2,358

Opal government finances - Expenditure in 2006 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $82,000 ($845.36)
    Regular Highways: $68,000 ($701.03)
    Central Staff Services: $47,000 ($484.54)
    Sewerage: $33,000 ($340.21)
    General - Other: $14,000 ($144.33)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $5,000 ($51.55)
    Parks and Recreation: $5,000 ($51.55)
    Solid Waste Management: $5,000 ($51.55)
    General Public Buildings: $4,000 ($41.24)
    Health - Other: $4,000 ($41.24)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $89,000 ($917.53)

Opal government finances - Revenue in 2006 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $30,000 ($309.28)
    Solid Waste Management: $4,000 ($41.24)
    All Other: $1,000 ($10.31)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $44,000 ($453.61)
    General Local Government Support: $32,000 ($329.90)
  • Miscellaneous - Sale of Property: $10,000 ($103.09)
    Interest Earnings: $1,000 ($10.31)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $10,000 ($103.09)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $63,000 ($649.48)
    All Other: $4,000 ($41.24)
    Highways: $1,000 ($10.31)
  • Tax - Property: $4,000 ($41.24)
    Public Utilities Sales: $2,000 ($20.62)
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $1,000 ($10.31)

Opal government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $77,000 ($793.81)

7.32% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($50,921 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.32%
Wyoming average:

8.02%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Teton County, WY  0.66% ($46,146 average AGI)
from Salt Lake County, UT  0.39% ($42,958)
from Sweetwater County, WY  0.29% ($37,444)


8.00% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($43,152 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.00%
Wyoming average:

8.16%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Teton County, WY  0.62% ($43,795 average AGI)
to Sweetwater County, WY  0.42% ($47,500)
to Salt Lake County, UT  0.37% ($28,609)

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:

1
  • 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: 10/05/2019
    Registrant: Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP, 8300 Greensboro Drive, Suite 1200, Mclean, VA 22102, Phone: (703) 584-8665, Fax: (703) 584-8695, Email:

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

3
  • Opal Gas Plant 1 Mi W On Us Hwy 30 N (Lat: 41.793278 Lon: -110.349056), Structure height: 21 m, Call Sign: WNPW233
    Assigned Frequencies: 855.387 MHz
    Grant Date: 08/09/2011, Expiration Date: 09/30/2021
    Registrant: Williams Energy Services, One Williams Center, Tulsa, OK 74121-2103, Phone: (918) 573-0655, Fax: (918) 573-4980, Email:
  • Lat: 41.770472 Lon: -110.323083, Call Sign: WQEK352
    Assigned Frequencies: 159.000 MHz
    Grant Date: 02/17/2006, Expiration Date: 02/17/2016, Certifier: Doug Hutchinson
    Registrant: Cara Enterprises, Inc, Salt Lake City, UT 84117-0503, Phone: (801) 278-9728, Fax: (801) 278-7239, Email:
  • Lat: 41.792917 Lon: -110.327083, Call Sign: WQHG597
    Assigned Frequencies: 451.862 MHz
    Grant Date: 07/24/2007, Expiration Date: 07/24/2017, 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:

12 (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

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