Does Race Matter in Wyoming?

Growth of Wyoming’s Minority Groups Outpaces Whites

We are proud to release a new publication titled Does Race Matter in Wyoming? The publication shows that since 2000, the growth of Wyoming’s minority groups has outpaced White population growth. Research for the publication was conducted by the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center and was funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The report has a lot of interesting information and may challenge some our perceptions of what race looks like in Wyoming.

“The data makes it clear that the face of race is changing in Wyoming,” says Samin Dadelahi, Chief Operating Officer at the Wyoming Community Foundation. “As our demographics change, it’s important to make sure that our mental image of Wyoming keeps up with the times,” she says. “We are becoming a more diverse place, which we embrace.”

Here are just a few highlights:

  • Of the state’s non-White ethnic groups, Hispanics saw the largest increase in population, growing from 31,669 in 2000 to 58,413 in 2016. This is an increase of 84 percent.
  • Enrollment of minority groups in Wyoming public schools has also increased since 2010.
  • Minority groups often encounter barriers that are a result of implicit bias as much as they are poverty.

The report also discusses equality and equity, both of which are important to Wyomingites. The report notes that creating equity – fair access to resources and opportunities – will benefit all of us in Wyoming.

“Our communities are stronger when all children realize their full potential, Dadelahi says.  “Wyoming is big in land, big in opinions and small in population,” says Dadelahi. “I believe one thing we all appreciate is that in Wyoming, every voice matters.”

 

The 2017 Does Race Matter in Wyoming? makes recommendations to help ensure all kids and families are successful:

  • Review available data to learn what data can be broken down by race and ethnicity.
  • Begin collecting data, broken down by race and ethnicity, on the factors that influence children’s success in Wyoming.
  • In collaboration with impacted communities, examine the data to learn about the root causes of any inequities. Ask community members for context to avoid misunderstanding or misattribution. Impacted communities often possess meaningful and efficient solutions to community challenges. Involving community members can lead to changes in the way things get done which, in turn, can improve outcomes for all.

Further data on state and local data indicators of child well-being is available at www.wyomingkidscount.org/ . Journalists interested in creating maps, graphs and rankings in stories about kids in the US or Wyoming can use the Annie E. Casey Foundation Data Center at datacenter.kidscount.org.

About the Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation creates a brighter future for the nation’s children by developing solutions to strengthen families, build paths to economic opportunity and transform struggling communities into safer and healthier places to live, work and grow. For more information, visit www.aecf.org. KIDS COUNT is a registered trademark of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.