Wyoming

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State Highlights
  • Total Latino Population

    57,065

  • Median Age of Latinos

    26.8

  • Median Income of Latinos 16+

    $43,002

  • # of Latino Registered Voters

    9,000

  • Latinos Without Health Insurance

    19.1%

  • Latino Homeownership

    52.0%

  • Latinos as % of All Under 18

    14.1%

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From 2000 to 2014, the Latino population in Wyoming increased by 78.3% and accounted for 27.9% of the state’s total population growth. 1

In 2014, Wyoming’s Latino population totaled 57,065 and constituted 9.8% of the state’s total population. 2

Much of the Latino population is concentrated in Cheyenne, Casper, and Rock Springs. 3 The two counties with the largest Latino populations were Laramie and Sweetwater. 4

In 2014, Wyoming’s Latino citizen voting age population numbered 20,000. 5

Furthermore, Latino registered voters totaled 9,000 and constituted 3.7% of all registered voters in the state. 6

Approximately 66.7% of Latino registered voters cast ballots during the November 2014 elections. 7

2015

Wyoming passed WY H214, which altered the language of previous legislation requiring bar applicants be U.S. citizens. 8

2014

Wyoming enacted WY S50, which allows legal aliens to qualify for health benefits if they: a) were living in the state at the time of their application and at the time of receiving benefits; b) were not living in any other state, country, or territory at the time of their application or when receiving benefits; c) provide copies of a current Wyoming driver’s license or equivalent identification. 9

83.8% of Latinos were citizens of the United States (80.4% were native born and 3.4% were naturalized). 10

19.6% of Latinos were foreign born. 11

38.6% of Latinos 5-years of age and older spoke Spanish. 12

Of Latino Spanish-speakers 5-years of age and older, 68.7% spoke English “very well”, 13.4% spoke English “well”, 15.9% spoke English “not well”, and 2.0% spoke English “not at all.” 13

The median age of Latinos was 26.8 years compared to 37.6 years for Whites. 14

34.2% of Latinos were under 18 years of age compared to 22.8% of Whites. 15

Latinos comprise 14.1% of all persons under the age of 18. 16

Of Latinos 25-years of age and older, 28.8% had less than a high school diploma (compared to 6.8% of Whites), 27.9% had a high school diploma, GED, or alternative credential (compared to 27.4% of Whites), 32.4% had some college or an Associate’s degree (compared to 38.5% of Whites), 9.6% had a Bachelor’s degree (compared to 18.6% of Whites), and 1.4% had a Graduate degree (compared to 8.8% of Whites). 17

Median household incomes totaled $43,002 for Latinos and $58,875 for Whites (in 2014 inflation-adjusted dollars). 18

19.1% of Latinos lacked health insurance compared to 10.8% of Whites. 19

52.0% of Latino households were owner occupied (compared to 68.3% of White households) and 48.0% were renter occupied (compared to 31.7% of White households). 20

4.5% of Latinos were unemployed compared to 4.0% of Whites. 21

The number of Latino-owned businesses grew 87.5% over a 10-year period, going from 1,320 in 2002 to 2,475 in 2012. 22 23

In 2012, receipts for Latino-owned businesses totaled $278,038, representing an increase of 44.6% from 2007. 24 25

In 2012, Latino-owned businesses employed 2,556 people with an annual payroll of $57,816. 26

In 2015, the Latino purchasing power in Wyoming totaled $1.8 billion. 27

From 2000 to 2014, Wyoming’s immigrant population increased 100.6%, growing from 11,205 in 2000 to 22,478 in 2014 (immigrant share of 3.9% in 2014). 28

In 2014, 33.0% of immigrants living in Wyoming entered the U.S. before 1990, 21.4% entered between 1990 and 1999, 33.1% entered between 2000 and 2009, and 12.6% entered after 2010. 29

According to a U.S. Census Bureau 2014 estimate, 54.4% of immigrants living in Wyoming were born in Latin America, 19.7% were born in Asia, 14.3% were born in Europe, 4.6% were born in Africa, and 7.1% were born in other regions. 30

36.5% of all immigrants in Wyoming were naturalized U.S. citizens in 2014. 31

In 2012, 6,161 people (or 2.3% of all registered voters in Wyoming) were newly naturalized citizens or U.S. born children of immigrants. 32

In 2014, foreign-born workers totaled 12,513 and made-up 4.0% of Wyoming’s workforce. 33

3,600 undocumented immigrants held permanent jobs in Wyoming in 2008. 34 In addition, The Perryman Group found that removing undocumented immigrants from Wyoming would result in a $194.3 million loss in economic activity and a $86.3 million loss in gross state product, as well as a loss of 1,260 jobs. 35

Undocumented immigrants in Wyoming paid $3.6 million in state and local taxes in 2012. 36

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