Traffic on Highway 22

According to statistics compiled by the state, each of Teton County’s 23,059 residents drove 20,593 miles last year in the 21,441 cars, 9,360 trucks and 1,104 motorcycles they own.

Teton County residents are white, rich and overeducated.

Each of all 23,059 of them drove 20,593 miles last year in the 21,441 cars, 9,360 trucks and 1,104 motorcycles they own. The basic 4% sales tax they charge themselves and their visitors brought $62.91 million to local government. They are — and by “they” you should understand all of them, added up — half older than 39.8 years and half younger. Not one of us or any of the people who passed through during the year killed any other human being within the borders of the county’s 4,217.3 square miles.

All of that information and gobs more is included in the 2019 edition of “Wyoming and County Profiles,” a product of the state’s Economic Analysis Division. Wenlin Liu, chief economist for the division, explained in releasing the sixth annual edition of the study that “timely and accurate data are imperative for government, businesses and communities to make the most informed decisions possible in areas such as strategic planning, economic development and grant application.

“The county profiles provide essential information about Wyoming and individual country people, housing and economy in a single place,” Liu said.

But for most people the extensive gathering of statistics about us, our educations, jobs and income, our races, housing and taxes are more likely to be interesting in an “oh, wow” sort of way or useful in trivia games.

Here’s a sampling:

• Of Teton County’s 23,081 official, documented residents, 21,971 were white, 95.2%. The second largest group was Hispanics, of whom 3,434 were counted. If you were a county resident during 2019 and reported yourself as Native Hawaiian or “other Pacific Islander” you were one of a total of 35.

• If you never made it to high school, you were one of 457 people. If you have a bachelor’s degree you were among a group of 6,488, and if you have some kind of grad degree you were among 3,359. Those with bachelor’s degrees were 37.8% of the 17,164 people in the county age 25 or older; the percentage for Wyoming was 17.4.

• Of the 18,625 people in the county 18 or older there were 984 military veterans, 5.3%. The figure for the state was 10.3%

• In the county 81.5% of us lived in the same house we lived in during 2018. Just over 7% of us had lived in a different house in the county, 10.1% had moved from another Wyoming county and 17.2% lived in another house in the United States.

• Households in Teton County that brought home more than $200,000 in the year totaled 1,437, or 15.7%, compared with 4.1% in the rest of Wyoming. Households making between $100,000 and $200,000 totaled 2,452, or 26.8%. But the number in that range statewide was much closer than in the higher-income group: 22.6%.

• 20,351 county residents were born in the United States, but only 5,152 were born in Wyoming; that 22.3% of county residents born in-state was the lowest of any county in Wyoming, where the corresponding number was 42.1%.

• Total income in the county during 2019 was $1.009 trillion. Of that, 84.9% was paid by private enterprises and a total of 15.1% was paid by state, local and federal governments. For all of Wyoming, private industry paid 75.2% of wages and governments paid 24.8%.

• Wyoming’s 4% minimum sales tax returned $23.82 million to the town and county during the year from sales of the leisure and hospitality industry, 37.9% of all business activity, and retail trade income was $22.72 million, 36.1% of the tax. Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting in the county paid local governments $14,577, which statistically registered as 0% of the total of $62.91 million raised in the county by the 4% tax.

• There were 7,908 internet subscriptions in the county in 2019. There were 673 reports of people or households with no internet access. Forty-two people reported their internet came via dial-up phone access.

More than 30 topics are covered in the survey.

A complete look at Teton County’s stats is available via the Economic Analysis Division. Go to

Contact Mark Huffman at 732-5907 or

Mark Huffman edits copy and occasionally writes some, too. He's been a journalist since newspapers had typewriters and darkrooms.

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