Teton County, Wyoming

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Teton County, Wyoming
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Map of Wyoming highlighting Teton County
Location within the U.S. state of Wyoming
Map of the United States highlighting Wyoming
Wyoming's location within the U.S.
FoundedFebruary 15, 1921 (authorized)
1922 (organized)
Named forTeton Range
SeatJackson
Largest townJackson
Area
 • Total4,216 sq mi (10,919 km2)
 • Land3,995 sq mi (10,347 km2)
 • Water221 sq mi (572 km2), 5.2%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)23,265
 • Density5.8/sq mi (2.2/km2)
Congressional districtAt-large
Time zoneMountain: UTC−7/−6
Websitewww.tetonwyo.org
Snake River Overlook and the Teton Range, Teton County

Teton County is a county in the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 21,294.[1] Its county seat is Jackson.[2] Its west boundary line abuts the east line of the state of Idaho.

Teton County is part of the Jackson, WY-ID Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Teton County contains the Jackson Hole ski area, all of Grand Teton National Park, and 40.4% of Yellowstone National Park's total area, including over 96.6% of its water area (largely in Yellowstone Lake).[3]

History[edit]

Teton County was created February 15, 1921, from a portion of Lincoln County. Its governing organization was completed in 1922.[4] The county was named for the Teton Range.[5] The county was created because the inhabitants lived too far away from Kemmerer, the county seat of Lincoln County. The creation of the county required a special act of the Wyoming Legislature, because the area was too poor and had too few people to qualify for county status under the normal requirements.

Geography[edit]

According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,216 square miles (10,920 km2), of which 3,995 square miles (10,350 km2) is land and 221 square miles (570 km2) (5.2%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19302,003
19402,54327.0%
19502,5932.0%
19603,06218.1%
19704,82357.5%
19809,35594.0%
199011,17219.4%
200018,25163.4%
201021,29416.7%
Est. 201723,265[7]9.3%
US Decennial Census[8]
1870–2000[9] 2010–2016[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[10] there were 18,251 people, 7,688 households, and 4,174 families in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 10,267 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.59% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.53% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.93% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. 6.49% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 19.2% were of German, 14.2% English, 11.7% Irish and 6.7% American ancestry.

There were 7,688 households out of which 25.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.30% were married couples living together, 5.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.70% were non-families. 27.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.89.

The county population contained 19.90% under the age of 18, 9.80% from 18 to 24, 38.30% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 6.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 114.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 115.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $54,614, and the median income for a family was $63,916. Males had a median income of $34,570 versus $29,132 for females. The per capita income for the county was $38,260. About 2.80% of families and 6.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.70% of those under age 18 and 4.40% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 21,294 people, 8,973 households, and 4,938 families in the county.[11] The population density was 5.3 inhabitants per square mile (2.0/km2). There were 12,813 housing units at an average density of 3.2 per square mile (1.2/km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 88.4% white, 1.1% Asian, 0.5% American Indian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 8.1% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 15.0% of the population.[11] In terms of ancestry, 22.2% were German, 14.9% were English, 13.0% were Irish, and 11.1% were American.[13]

Of the 8,973 households, 25.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 45.0% were non-families, and 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.89. The median age was 36.9 years.[11]

The median income for a household in the county was $70,271 and the median income for a family was $90,596. Males had a median income of $40,594 versus $36,715 for females. The per capita income for the county was $42,224. About 5.1% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.5% of those under age 18 and 0.8% of those age 65 or over.[14]

Communities[edit]

Teton Science Schools, Jackson campus

Town[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Previously a staunchly Republican county, which produced Governor and U.S. Senator Clifford Hansen, Teton has become the most Democratic county in Wyoming, which is one of the most Republican states in the nation. The only Republican presidential candidate since 1992 to win Teton County was George W. Bush in 2000. In the 2008 election, Barack Obama carried Teton County by a 23.6 percentage point margin over John McCain, with McCain winning statewide by a 32.2 percentage point margin over Obama, his widest margin in any state. Albany County, which includes the University of Wyoming at Laramie, was the only other county in the state to have backed Obama. In 2004, Teton was the only Wyoming county won by John F. Kerry over George W. Bush.[19] In the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by 57.9%–31.1%.[20] The county has, however, voted at times for Republican candidates for the governorship and United States Senate.

The state's former Republican governor, Matt Mead, was born and reared in Teton County, as was his mother, Mary Mead, Clifford Hansen's daughter and the 1990 Republican gubernatorial nominee.

Presidential election results
Presidential elections results[21]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 31.1% 3,921 57.9% 7,314 11.0% 1,392
2012 42.4% 4,858 54.2% 6,213 3.4% 393
2008 37.1% 4,565 60.7% 7,472 2.3% 279
2004 45.1% 5,124 52.6% 5,972 2.3% 263
2000 52.3% 5,454 38.5% 4,019 9.2% 958
1996 43.5% 3,918 44.9% 4,042 11.5% 1,038
1992 34.1% 2,854 37.2% 3,120 28.7% 2,408
1988 61.0% 3,616 37.4% 2,217 1.6% 93
1984 67.9% 3,487 30.5% 1,565 1.7% 87
1980 57.6% 3,004 26.1% 1,361 16.3% 847
1976 67.4% 2,667 30.4% 1,204 2.2% 86
1972 70.0% 2,182 26.0% 810 4.0% 124
1968 69.3% 1,419 22.5% 461 8.3% 169
1964 52.8% 1,081 47.2% 968
1960 66.5% 1,158 33.5% 583
1956 77.7% 1,089 22.3% 312
1952 78.6% 1,166 21.4% 317
1948 55.8% 719 43.1% 556 1.1% 14
1944 56.1% 637 43.9% 499
1940 46.1% 623 53.8% 728 0.2% 2
1936 37.1% 501 58.8% 795 4.1% 56
1932 36.4% 406 62.7% 699 0.9% 10
1928 64.3% 495 35.1% 270 0.7% 5
1924 54.6% 342 27.6% 173 17.7% 111

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved January 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Retrieved April 30, 2008.
  4. ^ Long, John H., ed. (2004). "Wyoming: Individual County Chronologies". Wyoming Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  5. ^ Urbanek, Mae (1988). Wyoming Place Names. Missoula MT: Mountain Press Pub. Co. ISBN 0-87842-204-8.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  8. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  9. ^ "Historical Decennial Census Population for Wyoming Counties, Cities, and Towns". Wyoming Department of Administration & Information, Division of Economic Analysis. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  11. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  12. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  13. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  14. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  15. ^ Beaver Creek WY Google Maps (accessed 13 January 2019)
  16. ^ Elk WY Google Maps (accessed 13 January 2019)
  17. ^ Jack Pine WY Google Maps (accessed 13 January 2019)
  18. ^ Lake WY Google Maps (accessed 13 January 2019)
  19. ^ Leip, Dave. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  20. ^ "2016 election results: Wyoming". www.cnn.com. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  21. ^ Leip, Dave. US Election Atlas 2016 Presidential General Election Results – Wyoming: Teton County (and earlier years)

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Coordinates: 43°55′N 110°34′W / 43.92°N 110.57°W / 43.92; -110.57