The U.S. Census Bureau says Wyoming’s minority population has increased since 2010, but Wyoming is still among the whitest states in the country ranking 41st in minority population.
Economist Wenlin Liu says Wyoming’s total population increased 3.6 percent, but it was driven by a growth in the number of Hispanics and other minorities coming to the state in an effort to find jobs.
“From 2010 to 2014 the minority population increased 17 percent compared to the white population that only increased 1.4 percent.”
Liu says this reflects what’s happening everywhere else in the country.
“It’s an overall national trend, the population is getting ever more diversified. That’s why in both Wyoming and nationwide the minority population is increasing faster than the minority population.”
The state’s Hispanic population increased the most in the state, but Liu says the African-American population also doubled to over 8-thousand.