Wyoming’s Population Grew During Pandemic
Most rural Western states saw a bump in population during the pandemic that began in 2020.
Wyoming, a state that has often struggled with population, actually added about 1,900 new residents according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Problems with bigger state and bigger city living include higher prices across the board, higher taxes, higher crime and congestion.
Add COVID-19 to the mix and all of the mandates that came with it and some people have just had enough.
This has been especially true when it came to the way these big states and cities handled their schools systems during the pandemic.
Add to these problems the riots of 2020 and the "Defund The Police" movement that came after that lead to an out-of-control crime rate, and even more, people began to look for someplace more stable, quiet, and affordable.
So let's take a look at the numbers across the Western region:
- Arizona 125,000 new residents.
- Colorado 38,000 new residents.
- Idaho 62,000 new residents.
- Montana 20,000 new residents.
- Nevada 39,000 new residents.
- Utah 66,000 new residents.
- Wyoming 1,900 new residents.
Rough numbers show the region added about 351,000 new residents between April 2020 and July 2021
In most of these states folks say that they don't mind new people and businesses coming to their state. They welcome it.
But they would just like these new residents to come with the understanding that the quality of life out in this part of the country is so much better than where they left for certain reasons. Do not try to recreate the West to be like where you left.