Wyoming's population increased between July of 2018 and July of 2019

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Wyoming’s population increased by an estimated 1,158 between July 1, 2018 and July 1, 2019 according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday.

The estimated increase was about 0.2 percent. The state’s estimated total population as of July 1, 2019 was 578,759.

Cheyenne was the largest city in the state after seeing an estimated increase of 400 residents, bringing its projected population to 64,235.

Casper had the largest estimated increase in the state at 416 residents, which brought its projected population to 57,931.

The Town of Bar Nunn had the largest estimated increase percentage-wise for towns with more than 2,000 residents at 2.7 percent. Thermopolis had the largest estimated decrease in population at 3.4 percent.

This was the first year since 2014 that Wyoming had an estimated increase in population.

“In Wyoming, population increases are usually employment. People usually move into an area or they also move out of an area for economic opportunity, job opportunity,” Wyoming Economic Analysis Division Principal Economist Amy Bittner said.

She reminds people to fill out the 2020 Census as it has a major impact on how much federal funding the state receives.