Profile for Casper, Wyoming, WY
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Casper is a city in Natrona County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named after Caspar Collins, lieutenant who died fighting Indians here in 1865.
The latitude of Casper is 42.866N. The longitude is -106.312W.
It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 5,118 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 50,632.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Casper demographic reports
Casper is on the North Platte River, at the base of the Laramie Mountains.
The city was a Mormon ferry site. It later developed with the arrival of the railroad.
Oil was discovered here in 1890
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 125. The number of murders and homicides was 4. The violent crime rate was 2.5 per 1,000 people.
Local festivals include:
- Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo - July 10-14, 2007
Dates often change. Check Casper web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Wyoming Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation:
Edness K. Wilkins State Park
Sports teams: Rockies (minor league baseball), Wyoming Cavalry (American Indoor Football Association)
Historic routes: Oregon Trail
Historic sites and museums: Fort Caspar Museum
Colleges and universities:
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 85
There's a feeling you get driving down to Casper at night from the north, and not only there, other places where you come through hours of darkness unrelieved by any lights except the crawling wink of some faraway ranch truck. You come down a grade and all at once the shining town lies below you, slung out like all western towns, and with the curved bulk of mountain behind it.
-- Close Range
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Ancestry & family history
23% of Casper residents report German ancestry, and 14% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Casper ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Casper was $19,409, compared with $21,587 nationally.
22% of Casper residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Casper festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo - J
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Median rent in Casper, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $358. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $744.
Libraries in Casper include Natrona County Library System ... View libraries
Newspapers in Casper include Casper Star-Tribune
TV stations in Casper include KCWY, KFNB, KGWC, KTWO.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KUWC.
Natrona County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Casper political report.
The average commute time for Casper workers is 16 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 20 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Casper between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 4.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly lower than the national norm.
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“ There's a feeling you get driving down to Casper at night from the north, and not only there, other places where you come through hours of darkness unrelieved by any lights except the crawling wink of some faraway ranch truck. You come down a grade and all at once the shining town lies below you, slung out like all western towns, and with the curved bulk of mountain behind it. ”
~ Close Range
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