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SHERIDAN — Sheridan’s population grew by 1.2 percent between July 2011 and July 2012, placing it squarely in the middle of the pack of population changes across Wyoming.
New figures from U.S. Census Bureau rank Sheridan 12th out of Wyoming’s 22 largest cities and towns in growth during that period.
On the far end of the scale, Gillette’s population rose the most proportionally by 3.3 percent while Rawlins saw the biggest loss at 0.8 percent.
In terms of real numbers, Sheridan’s population rose by 212 people during the period studied.
According to a media release from the state economic analysis division, Wyoming’s energy driven economy recovered well in 2011 and the early months of 2012 following a period of slow population and employment growth caused by the national recession.
Many rural areas, however, continued to experience slower population growth.
Mostly affected by the Niobrara Shale oil drilling in the Powder River Basin, the town of Bar Nunn in Natrona County showed the fastest growth at 7.8 percent.
Cheyenne and Casper remained the only Wyoming cities with populations over 50,000, and together they contributed about one-third of the state’s total population increase during the year.
Overall, Wyoming’s population grew by 1.6 percent.