Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Population loss in Wyoming: Niobrara County/Lusk

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Population loss as in major -- 50% or more.  Single post in series.

Source:  Wikipedia (Niobrara County, Lusk)

Niobrara County population loss since 1930 peak: 61%.

Lusk population loss since 1920 peak: 26%

Lusk is the county seat of Niobrara County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-90%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 18.3% - Niobrara County
  • 26.7% - Wyoming
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 22.6% - Niobrara County
  • 16.5% - Wyoming
  • 15.6% - U.S.
% of population living in poverty:
  • 13.4% - Niobrara County
  • 11.3% - Wyoming
  • 12.3% - U.S.

The last time a Democratic candidate for president won Niobrara County was in 1936.  Trump won 84.9% of the vote in 2016, best ever showing by a GOP presidential candidate.

Related reading:
How a State Plans to Turn Coal Country Into Coding Country.  (The New York Times, 8/10/2019)
George Mirich, the superintendent in ranching-focused Niobrara County, said some high school students had built and programmed drones to monitor cattle from overhead. But work like this has generally been limited to club activities and electives, he said, while a big focus of the computing curriculum has been how to safely use social media.

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