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Casper experienced Wyoming's largest population drop during bust

May 31, 2017View for printing

Casper experienced the largest population drop in Wyoming during last year's energy bust, losing nearly 1,000 residents, new figures show.

The city, a hub for the oil and gas fields, lost about 1.6 percent of its population. At the same time, two nearby communities -- Mills and Evansville -- experienced small increases.

In total, Wyoming's population fell by 1,054 residents in 2016, the first year more people moved out of the Cowboy State than moved in since 1990, the tail end of a depression that drained the state's workforce.

Heather Richards 307-266-0592

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