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. 2013 cost of living index in Niobrara County: 80.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (83.3%), Construction (12.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 20%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 80%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Niobrara County, Wyoming:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (95.0%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (2.1%)
  • Two or more races (1.4%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.8%)
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 2013: $39,339 ($29,701 in 1999)

This county:

$39339
Wyoming:

$58752

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $412 (lower quartile is $318, upper quartile is $470)
This county:

$412
State:

$662


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $155,327 (it was $66,900 in 2000)
Niobrara:

$155,327
Wyoming:

$195,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $77,897 - $262,093
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,064
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $369

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:

  • 2007: 0 buildings
  • 2008: 3 buildings, average cost: $144,000
  • 2009: 3 buildings, average cost: $151,700

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results


Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $673 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $856 (0.5%)

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 2013: 16.3%
(16.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 61.5% for Black residents, 23.1% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 15.5%
Niobrara County:

15.5%
Wyoming:

10.9%
(14.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 61.5% for Black residents, 21.5% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 44 years old
(Males: 42 years old, Females: 45 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 47 years old, Black residents: 41 years old, American Indian residents: 35 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old)

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 .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

3.8%
Wyoming:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

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

  • 1995 to March 2000: 2
  • 1990 to 1994: 0
  • 1985 to 1989: 2
  • 1980 to 1984: 0
  • 1975 to 1979: 6
  • 1970 to 1974: 3
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 4

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:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

65.7% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Niobrara County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant4217
Mainline Protestant1322
Catholic1051
Other851
None1,741-
Niobrara County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
Niobrara County:

4.25 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.10 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 2
Niobrara County:

8.50 / 10,000 pop.
Wyoming:

5.36 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 2
This county:

8.50 / 10,000 pop.
State:

10.08 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Niobrara County:

7.7%
Wyoming:

7.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Niobrara County:

26.8%
State:

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 below Wyoming state average. It is 12393298.4 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 below Wyoming state average. It is 11% 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 325.8 miles away from Niobrara County center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
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 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW) earthquake occurred 472.4 miles away from the county center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 9/8/1984 at 00:59:31, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MB) earthquake occurred 109.9 miles away from the county center
On 5/29/1984 at 20:18:32, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 111.4 miles away from Niobrara County 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, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 331.9 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: 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 in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • Germany (41%)
  • France (24%)
  • Other Western Europe (12%)
  • Japan (12%)
  • Korea (12%)

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

  • German (35%)
  • English (19%)
  • Irish (11%)
  • United States or American (6%)
  • Swedish (4%)
  • Norwegian (4%)
  • French (except Basque) (3%)

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 2010 was $47,617.

9.64% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($37,911 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.64%
Wyoming average:

8.02%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.57% relocated from other counties in Wyoming ($18,778 average AGI)
4.07% relocated from other states ($19,133 average AGI)
Niobrara County:

4.07%
Wyoming average:

5.64%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Laramie County, WY  1.28% ($28,417 average AGI)


9.05% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($29,131 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.05%
Wyoming average:

8.16%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.28% relocated to other counties in Wyoming ($16,179 average AGI)
3.77% relocated to other states ($12,952 average AGI)
Niobrara County:

3.77%
Wyoming average:

5.77%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Goshen County, WY  1.19% ($27,636 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 from 2007 to 2013: 10.3

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.

431 married couples with children.
87 single-parent households (27 men, 60 women).

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

  • 2005 or later: 2
  • 2000 to 2004: 40
  • 1990 to 1999: 107
  • 1980 to 1989: 80
  • 1970 to 1979: 107
  • 1960 to 1969: 132
  • 1950 to 1959: 184
  • 1940 to 1949: 178
  • 1939 or earlier: 463
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Niobrara County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $796,000
    General - Other: $7,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,000
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $290,000
    General - Other: $276,000
    Health - Other: $265,000
    Correctional Institutions: $253,000
    Regular Highways: $252,000
    Financial Administration: $182,000
    General Public Buildings: $149,000
    Central Staff Services: $146,000
    Hospitals: $143,000
    Libraries: $131,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $124,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $81,000
    Corrections - Other: $17,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $109,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Elementary and Secondary Education: $342,000
    General - Other: $268,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $130,000
    General - Other: $49,000
    Police Protection: $29,000
    Hospitals: $16,000
    Health - Other: $10,000
    Correctional Institutions: $4,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $903,000

Niobrara County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $155,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $358,000
    All Other: $284,000
    Natural Resources: $1,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $227,000
    Sale of Property: $9,000
    Rents: $5,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $5,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $1,061,000
    General Local Government Support: $705,000
    Highways: $68,000
    Health and Hospitals: $17,000
  • Tax - Property: $892,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $824,000
    Other Selective Sales: $110,000
    NEC: $25,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $8,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $1,000

Niobrara County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,016,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,016,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $710,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $670,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $40,000

Niobrara County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $4,563,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,117,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Niobrara County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Niobrara County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

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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