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Wyoming, the "Equality State"
Abbreviation: WY

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Wyoming gets its name from the Algonquin words for "land of vast plains." After the Union Pacific Railroad reached the town of Cheyenne, the capital, in 1867, the population began to grow steadily in the Wyoming Territory, established in 1868. In 1890, Wyoming became the 44th state. The constitution of the "Equality State" was the first in the world to grant voting rights to women. Wyoming was also the first state to elect a woman governor. People are spread out across the state in small farming and ranching towns. Wyoming's tourist attractions are among the most spectacular and well-known in the nation. Each year, millions of tourists visit Yellowstone National Park (the world's first national park). The most notable features of the park include active geysers, spectacular towering waterfalls, hot springs, deep canyons and excellent fishing. Wyoming also is home to Devils Tower, the nation's first national monument, and Grand Teton National Park, the site of some of the West's most beautiful mountain scenery.

Wyoming hat seinen Namen von dem Algonquin Wort für "Land der großen Prärien". Nachdem die Union Pacific Eisenbahn die damalige Hauptstadt Cheyenne 1867 erreicht hatte, wuchs die Bevölkerung im Wyoming Territorium beständig. 1890 wurde Wyoming als 44. Staat in den Verbund aufgenommen. Die Verfassung des "Gleichheitsstaates" war die erste in der Welt, die Frauen das Wahlrecht zugestand. Wyoming war auch der erste Staat, in dem eine Frau zum Gouverneur gewählt wurde. Die Bevölkerung lebt weit verstreut in kleinen Orten, die landwirtschafltich orientiert sind. Wyomings Sehenswürdigkeiten gehören zu den spektakulärsten der Nation. Jedes Jahr besuchen Millionen von Touristen den Yellowstone National Park, den ältesten Nationalpark der Welt. Die Hauptattraktionen dieses Parks sind die Geysiren, spektakuläre Wasserfälle, heiße Quellen, tiefe Canyons und ausgezeichnete Angelmöglichkeiten. Wyoming ist außerdem die Heimat des Devil Towers, des ersten Nationaldenkmals der Vereinigten Staaten. Zum Grand Teton National Park gehören einige der schönsten Berge des Westens.

Governor: Dave Freudenthal, D (to Jan. 2011)
Senators: Michael B. Enzi, R (to Jan. 2015); John Barasso, R (to Jan. 2013)
House of Representatives: 1 district | Search by zip code

Population (July 2005):
509,000; National Rank: 50; Percent change since April 2000: 3.1%
Land Area: 97,105 sq mi. (251,501 sq km) ; National Rank:
10 largest cities (2005 est): Cheyenne, 55,731; Casper, 51,738; Laramie, 26,050; Gillette, 22,685; Rock Springs, 18,772; Sheridan, 16,333; Green River, 11,787; Evanston, 11,459; Riverton, 9,430; Cody, 9,100

Total Gross State Product 2005 est. (billions of current dollars): 27.4
Per Capita Personal Income 2005:
$36,778; National Rank: 12
State Exports 2005 (millions of dollars):
669; National Rank: 50
Agriculture: Cattle, sugar beets, sheep, hay, wheat.
Industry: Mining, chemical products, lumber and wood products, printing and publishing, machinery, tourism.

State of Wyoming Official Homepage
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· Wyoming - Regional Accounts Data

· Wyoming Profile - Fedstats
· U.S. Census Bureau: 2000 Data for the State of Wyoming
· U.S. Census Bureau: State Data Centers: Wyoming

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