Nicknamed the Frontier City and Magic City of the Plains, Cheyenne is the state capital for Wyoming and is America’s 36th-most highly populated state capital city.
One unique feature of Cheyenne is that Wyoming’s capital hosts the world’s largest outdoor rodeo thus affirming its Frontier City moniker.
The largest employers located in Cheyenne include: State of Wyoming (4,054 employees in 2016), F.E. Warren Air Force Base (3,644), Laramie County School District #1 (2,271), Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (1,900 employees), Federal Government services (1,728), Wyoming National Guard (1,130) and catalog-based retailer Sierra Trading Post (878).
Wyoming shipped U$1.098 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value exports from Wyoming are the chemical disodium carbonate, rare gases other than argon, bentonite, phosphoric or polyphosphoric acids, non-electrical graphite or carbon articles, sodium bicarbonate and light petroleum oils according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Cheyenne was 3.6% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Cheyenne, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Big Country Speedway, Cheyenne Depot Plaza, Historic Governor’s Mansion, Terry Bison Ranch, Warren Air Force Base and the Wyoming Hereford Ranch
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Cheyenne, United States:
- James Johnson, NBA basketball player (born Feb. 20, 1987)
- Scott Avett, folk singer (born Jun. 19, 1976)
- Patricia MacLachlan, award-winning children’s author (born Mar. 3, 1986)
- Cecilia Hart, actress (born Jun. 6, 1948)
- Joseph Brutsman, producer & writer (born Jun. 23, 1960)
- Jules Bruff, actress & writer (born Jan. 10, 1973)
- Constance L. Hoy, director & producer (born Oct. 26, 1964)
- Don Westbrook, NFL football player (born Nov. 1, 1952)
- Steve Yager, director & producer (born Sep. 26, 1978)
- Arloa Reston, actress (born Mar. 8, 1978)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Cheyenne resident: Cheyenneite
Population: 63,000 (Cheyenne city limits)
Density: 2,569 people per square mile (992 per square kilometer)
Population: 98,136 (Cheyenne metropolitan area)
Density: 37 people per square mile (14 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$5.584 billion as of March 2015 (Cheyenne metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $56,901
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Cheyenne: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on June 21, 2017
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U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on June 21, 2017
Visit Cheyenne, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, Longest pipelines oil. Accessed on June 21, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Wyoming state flag. Accessed on June 21, 2017
Wikipedia, Cheyenne, Wyoming. Accessed on June 21, 2017
Wikipedia, Laramie County, Wyoming. Accessed on June 21, 2017
Wikipedia, List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Accessed on June 21, 2017
Wikipedia, Wyoming. Accessed on June 21, 2017
Within city limits, Cheyenne occupies 24.52 square miles (63.51 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 63,000 Cheyenneites in 2015.
Cheyenne serves as the county seat for Laramie County which encompasses the Cheyenne WY Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Cheyenne metropolitan area has a land area of 2,686 square miles (6,957 square kilometers) with a metropolitan area population of 98,136 inhabitants during 2016.
At the city level, Cheyenne’s population density is 2,569 residents per square mile (992 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Cheyenne metropolitan area to an average 37 inhabitants per square mile (14 per square kilometer).
Cheyenneites celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.