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Niobrara County, Wyoming (WY)


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County population in 2012: 2,456 (all rural); it was 2,407 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 345
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 425
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 737
Renter-occupied apartments: 299 (it was 274 in 2000)
% of renters here:

27%
State:

31%

Land area: 2626 sq. mi.
Water area: 2.1 sq. mi.
Population density: 1 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Niobrara County: 79.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (30.2%), Educational,health and social services (16.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 46%
  • Government: 25%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 27%
  • Unpaid family work: 2%
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Races in Niobrara County, Wyoming:


Median resident age:  46.0 years
Wyoming median age:  36.0 years

Males: 1,159  (47.3%)
Females: 1,325  (52.7%)

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Average household size:
Niobrara County:

2.0 people
Wyoming:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $41,279 ($29,701 in 1999)
This county:

$41279
Wyoming:

$52664

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $379 (lower quartile is $266, upper quartile is $514)
This county:

$379
State:

$583


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $120,152 (it was $66,900 in 2000)
Niobrara County:

$120,152
Wyoming:

$184,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $72,212 - $187,349

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $355,430
Here:

$355,430
State:

$293,327

Mobile homes: $419,121
Here:

$419,121
State:

$45,718

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $65,291
Here:

$65,291
State:

$24,405
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,114
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $235

Institutionalized population: 214

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Niobrara County, WY map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $510 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $622 (0.6%)


Niobrara County household income distribution in 2009 Niobrara County home values distribution


Niobrara County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 10.7%
(9.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 23.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 34.1% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 46 years old
(Males: 46 years old, Females: 45 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 47 years old, Black residents: 43 years old, American Indian residents: 30 years old, Asian residents: 32 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 32 years old, Other race residents: 20 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

13.4%
Whole state:

11.4%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

4.4%
Whole state:

4.5%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Niobrara County is $414 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $495 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $646 a month.

Cities in this county include: Lusk, Manville, Lance Creek, Van Tassell.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Niobrara County: Robbers Roost Stage Station (A), Carlas Corner (B), Old Hat Creek Stage Station (C), Richardson Ranch (D), Roy Robinson Ranch (E), Mule Creek Junction (F), Node (G), Riverview (H), Ted Robinson Ranch (I), Dixon Ranch (J), Hat Creek Club House (K), Hester Ranch (L). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Mother Featherlegs Cemetery (1), Pleasant Ridge Pioneer Cemetery (2), Prairie View Cemetery (3), Jireh Cemetery (4), Dellview Cemetery (5), Reynolds Cemetery (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Johnson Number 1 Reservoir (A), Dale Number 1 Reservoir (B), Campbell Number 1 Reservoir (C), Wallace Number 2 Reservoir (D), Boner Reservoir (E), Mrs W E White Reservoir (F), Clark and Metzger Reservoir (G), Arnold Number 1 Reservoir (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Lone Tree Creek (A), Alum Creek (B), Little Muddy Creek (C), Antelope Creek (D), Hon Creek (E), Greasewood Creek (F), Fitzsimmons Creek (G), Young Woman Creek (H), F F Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Converse County , Goshen County , Platte County , Custer County, South Dakota , Weston County , Fall River County, South Dakota , Sioux County, Nebraska .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 67
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 87.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 15.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 17 (53% naturalized citizens)

Niobrara County:

0.7%
Whole state:

2.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 14.8 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 93.0%

Niobrara County marital status for males
Niobrara County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Niobrara County with a mortgage: 217 (11 second mortgage, 0 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 263

Here:

45.2% with mortgage
State:

65.7% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 49.23%
Here49.2%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 1,185
Total congregations: 12

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLutheran ChurchChristian and Missionary AllianceUnited Church of ChristOther
Adherents361 (30.5%)200 (16.9%)182 (15.4%)164 (13.8%)278 (23.5%)
Congregations1 (8.3%)1 (8.3%)3 (25.0%)1 (8.3%)6 (50.0%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Niobrara County - Lusk, Manville, Lance Creek, Van Tassell

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
This county:

4.25 / 10,000 pop.
Wyoming:

2.10 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 2
This county:

8.50 / 10,000 pop.
Wyoming:

5.36 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 2
Niobrara County:

8.50 / 10,000 pop.
Wyoming:

10.08 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

7.7%
Wyoming:

7.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

26.8%
Wyoming:

24.4%



Agriculture in Niobrara County:

Average size of farms: 6583 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $143,527
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $96.80
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.00%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 90.02%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $117,313
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 2.25%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 37.07%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $82,593
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 83.13%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 3.82
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.02%
All wheat for grain: 3674 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Niobrara County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly above Wyoming state average. It is 2.0 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 5 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 6/5/1982, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 3 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Niobrara County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Wyoming state average. It is 73% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/18/1984 at 15:30:23, a magnitude 5.5 (5.4 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.5 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 70.5 miles away from the county center
On 10/19/1996 at 13:27:57, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 79.6 miles away from the county center
On 4/9/1996 at 02:48:08, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 19.5 miles away from the county center
On 8/29/2004 at 18:49:44, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 51.7 miles away from Niobrara County center
On 11/3/2008 at 13:14:12, a magnitude 3.7 (3.5 MW, 3.7 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 38.1 miles away from the county center
On 7/23/1993 at 06:30:23, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 72.8 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Niobrara County (2) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (33%)
  • Construction (9%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Truck transportation (6%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Public administration (16%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (10%)
  • Health care (8%)
  • Social assistance (6%)
  • Food and beverage stores (6%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (24%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (9%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (3%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (9%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Niobrara County (%):





Niobrara County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 761 (66%)
  • Carpooled: 108 (9%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 6 (1%)
  • Ferryboat: 3 (0%)
  • Walked: 117 (10%)
  • Other means: 39 (3%)
  • Worked at home: 113 (10%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


93 people in state prisons
7 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
202 people in state prisons
12 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $43,010.

8.01% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($29,800 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.01%
Wyoming average:

9.04%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.00% relocated from other counties in Wyoming ($14,029 average AGI)
4.00% relocated from other states ($15,771 average AGI)
Niobrara County:

4.00%
Wyoming average:

6.22%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries



8.84% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($32,013 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.84%
Wyoming average:

8.50%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.90% relocated to other counties in Wyoming ($22,077 average AGI)
2.95% relocated to other states ($9,949 average AGI)
Niobrara County:

2.95%
Wyoming average:

5.71%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Converse County, WY  1.13% ($39,600 average AGI)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.5

Births per 1000 population in Niobrara County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Niobrara County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Niobrara County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 487 (447 aged, 40 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 524.930
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 481.190

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 36.95
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 131.230

Household type by relationship:

Households: 2,270

Size of family households: 393 2-persons, 117 3-persons, 90 4-persons, 41 5-persons, 14 6-persons, 4 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 369 1-person, 39 2-persons, 1 3-persons, 1 4-persons.

96.7% of residents of Niobrara County speak English at home.
1.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (78% speak English very well, 22% speak English not well).
1.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (59% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 9% don't speak English at all).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $18,415,000 ($8105 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $264,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $6,690,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $4,168,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,412,000
Federal grants: $4,453,000
Federal procurement contracts: $228,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,462,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $0,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,192,000
Federal Government insurance: $458,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 96
Here:

42 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 160
Here:

70 per 1000 residents
State:

42 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: 0
Here:

0 per 1000 residents
State:

+4 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -52
Here -23 per 1000 residents
State +3 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Niobrara County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.36 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.4
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.1
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Niobrara County, Wyoming
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 2
  • 2 rooms: 9
  • 3 rooms: 21
  • 4 rooms: 82
  • 5 rooms: 119
  • 6 rooms: 157
  • 7 rooms: 144
  • 8 rooms: 96
  • 9+ rooms: 107
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 14
  • 3 rooms: 39
  • 4 rooms: 43
  • 5 rooms: 73
  • 6 rooms: 33
  • 7 rooms: 30
  • 8 rooms: 17
  • 9+ rooms: 25
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Niobrara County, Wyoming
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 2
  • 1 bedroom: 25
  • 2 bedrooms: 200
  • 3 bedrooms: 292
  • 4 bedrooms: 173
  • 5+ bedrooms: 45
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 57
  • 2 bedrooms: 72
  • 3 bedrooms: 108
  • 4 bedrooms: 31
  • 5+ bedrooms: 6
Cars and other vehicles available in Niobrara County, Wyoming in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 18
  • 1 vehicle: 154
  • 2 vehicles: 257
  • 3 vehicles: 156
  • 4 vehicles: 82
  • 5+ vehicles: 70
  • no vehicle: 24
  • 1 vehicle: 125
  • 2 vehicles: 89
  • 3 vehicles: 22
  • 4 vehicles: 14
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

64% of Niobrara County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 38% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 46% lived in Wyoming.

Niobrara County:

63.8%
State average:

51.9%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $18,800


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 5%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 5%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Niobrara County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (56.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (26.2%)
  • Electricity (7.3%)
  • Wood (4.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3.3%)
  • Coal or coke (1.5%)
  • Other fuel (1.2%)
  • Utility gas (55.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (33.6%)
  • Electricity (6.2%)
  • Wood (3.3%)
  • Other fuel (1.8%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 9
Here:

3.4%
Wyoming:

4.6%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 0
Here:

0.0%
Wyoming:

3.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 5
Here:

11.4%
Wyoming:

8.1%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue Debt

Niobrara County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Niobrara County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Niobrara County government finances - Debt in 2006:


Niobrara County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Niobrara County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Niobrara County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Niobrara County, WY among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John2676.1 years
Mary1876.6 years
James1776.1 years
Helen1679.9 years
Robert1476.3 years
Charles1475.1 years
William1472.7 years
Frank1276.3 years
Anna1182.9 years
George1178.6 years
Most common last names in Niobrara County, WY among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson1077.4 years
Miller1084.1 years
Anderson982.7 years
Smith979.0 years
Larson979.3 years
Klemke884.1 years
Brown879.9 years
Thompson785.9 years
Pfister776.0 years
Wasserburger774.3 years
Businesses in Niobrara County, WY
NameCountNameCount
Best Western1Subway1
RadioShack1True Value1
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