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Wyoming

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Location of Wyoming State


Capital: Cheyenne

Population: 576,412 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)

Major Cities: Cheyenne, Casper, Laramie, Gillette, Rock Springs

Borders: Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $38,422 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)

Key Industries:
Mining including coal, natural gas, crude oil, and diamonds
Agriculture including cattle, sugar beets, hay, and grains
Tourism from the national parks including Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and Devils Tower

How Wyoming got its name: The name Wyoming comes from an Algonquian Indian word which means great prairie or large plains.

Atlas of Wyoming State
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Wyoming State Symbols

State Nickname: Equality State

State Slogan: Like No Place on Earth

State Motto: Equal rights (1955)

State flower: Indian Paintbrush

State bird: Western Meadowlark

State fish: Cutthroat trout

State tree: Plains Cottonwood

State mammal: Buffalo

State foods: Pinto Beans

Becoming a State

Date admitted: Thursday, July 10, 1890

Number admitted: 44

Prior Name: Wyoming Territory

Postal Abbreviation: WY

Wyoming State Map


The Geography of Wyoming

Total Size: 97,100 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)

Geographical Low Point: Belle Fourche River at 3,099 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Crook (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Geographical High Point: Gannett Peak at 13,804 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Fremont (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Central Point: Located in Fremont County approx. 58 miles east-northeast of Lander (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Counties: 23 (source: National Association of Counties)

Bodies of Water: Yellowstone Lake, Boysen Reservoir, Glendo Reservoir, Green River, Bighorn River, N. Platte River, and Snake River

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Professional Sports Teams

Wyoming has no major professional sports teams.

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