Rock Springs Coal sign.
Western Wyoming Community College,
Rock Springs is a city in
County, Wyoming, United States.
Rock Springs Coal sign looking into
The population was 18,708 at the 2000 census
. Rock Springs is the
principal city of the Rock Springs micropolitan statistical area
which has a population of 37,975.
One of the worst race riots
history, known as the Rock Springs
, occurred among miners working near Rock Springs on
September 2, 1885. As of 2006, there are still remains of the old
coal mining towns outside of Rock Springs, Wyoming.
Rock Springs is also home to Western Wyoming Community
, and Wyoming's Big
a yearly event featuring a carnival and concerts, held at
the Sweetwater County
Rock Springs is located in an energy-rich region that boasts a
large number of oil and natural gas wells.
Rock Springs is located at (41.585106, -109.221392).
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of
18.45 square miles
), all of it
The city is approximately 6759 feet (2060 m) above sea level.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 18,708
people, 7,348 households, and 4,930 families residing in the city.
The population density
1,014.4 people per square mile (391.7/km2
). There were
8,359 housing units at an average density of 453.3/sq mi
). The racial makeup of the city was 91.75%
, 1.07% African American
, 0.03% Pacific Islander
, 3.05% from
, and 2.22%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 8.96% of the
There were 7,348 households out of which 35.4% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples
living together, 10.2% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families.
27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age
of 18, 11.2% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to
64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
34 years. For every 100 females there were 99.2 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $42,584, and the
median income for a family was $51,539. Males had a median income
of $44,809 versus $22,609 for females. The per capita income
for the city was
$19,396. About 6.4% of families and 9.4% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 11.0%
of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.
- East-West Interstate running from California to New
York. Intersects US 191 northeast of Rock
- East-West route through Rock Springs and business route
- North-South through Rock Springs that intersects I-80
(Baxter Road/Airport Road)
- From Interstate 80 and U.S. 30 Exit 111 southeast to the Rock
Springs Regional Airport. Signed only as "Airport Road" from the
Interstate, with one sign indicating "Baxter Road."
(Circumferential Highway/Rock Springs Beltway)
- Belt route around Rock Springs, splitting from and then meeting
again with Business I-80 through Rock Springs
(Hampshire Street Parkway)
- Stretch of road running south to the Colorado-Wyoming State
Line near Hiawatha Camp, Colorado. The route continues south as an
unimproved highway all the way to Colorado 318 near Dinosaur
Rock Springs is serviced by Rock Springs-Sweetwater
Rock Springs' sister cities
- Adam Archuleta, safety for the
- Ed Cantrell, accused of shooting an
undercover officer from the Rock Springs Police Department
- Mickey Daniels, actor who
appeared in many movies in the 1930s
- Boyd Dowler, wide receiver for Green
Bay Packers (1959-69) and Washington Redskins (1971)
- Richard Honaker, a Rock Springs
attorney and former Democratic member of the
Wyoming House of
- Florabel Muir, former American
syndicated newspaper columnist and reporter
- Abby Norman, Miss Wyoming USA winner
of 2004 and represented Wyoming in 2005 Miss USA pageant
- Charles E. Richardson, former publisher of the
Rock Springs Daily Rocket-Miner newspaper
- Teno Roncalio, Democratic
politician from Wyoming who served in the United States House of
Representatives from 1965 to 1967 and again from 1971 until
- John Wendling, special teams
player for the Buffalo Bills
Springs areas is served by four newspapers: Rock Springs Daily
Rocket-Miner, The Mustang Express, formerly
The Oracle (Western Wyoming Community College newspaper),
The Marquee (a media and entertainment supplement
published in the Rocket-Miner), The Green River Star (a weekly newspaper
published in Green
River), and The Sweetwater County Guide (a
weekly shopper's guide published by The Green River
Rock Springs is serviced by a number of radio stations.
include: KRKK, KSIT, KQSW, KMRZ, KYCS, KZWB, KFRZ, and
Springs has a translator of KGWC, titled
KGWR on channel 13. KGWC is a CBS
affiliate out of Casper,
There are a couple of local access stations
Every year during July and August, the city holds a county fair
called Wyoming's Big Show
event includes theme park rides, booths, restaurants, and live
entertainment. Rodeos have been a staple of the fair, and famous
performers are sometimes a part of the entertainment.
- Sweetwater Events Complex Website