Introduction to Green River, Wyoming

Green River, Wyoming, in Sweetwater county, is 131 miles E of Ogden, Utah and 265 miles NW of Denver, Colorado. The city has a population of 11,808.

Green River History

Green River was incorporated in 1868. In the 1800s, John Wesley Powell set out on his expeditions to the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River and the Green River. The area now known as Green River was initially supposed to be the Union Pacific Railroad’s division point. However, by the time the railroad reached the area, a city had already been established. The area was officially incorporated by Wyoming in 1891.

Green River and nearby Attractions

  • Sweetwater County Historical Museum
  • Fossil Butte National Monument
  • Rock Springs Historical Museum
  • Red Fleet State Park
  • Natural History Museum of Western Wyoming College
  • Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge

Things To Do In Green River

The Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area and the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge are all accessible from Green River. Local parks include the Fossil Butte National Monument, the Steinaker State Park and the Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge. The city hosts the Flaming Gorge Days every June, the Kite Festival every September and the Tall Tails Celebration and Art on the Green every August.

Green River Transportation

Riverton Regional Airport is nearby.

Green River Higher Education

Local colleges and universities include Weber State University, Mesa State College and Utah State University.


Total Population 12,600
Male Share of the Population 51.8%
Female Share of the Population 48.2%
Senior Citizens 8.6%
Employed Population 16+ 6,273
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 56.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.1%
Median Earnings25+ $50,093
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,882
Median Earnings With High School Degree $42,283


Median Family Income $83,098
% Above Poverty Level 89.1%
% Below Poverty Level 10.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 3.2%


People Living Alone 20.8%
Median Gross Rent $903
Median House Value $202,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 29.4%
US/American 0%
English 15.3%
Irish 9.7%

Green River Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 131 miles E of Ogden, Utah (center to center)
Nearest Large City 265 miles NW of Denver, Colorado
County Sweetwater
Standard Zip Codes 82935
P.O. Box Zip Codes 82938
Phone Area Codes 307
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.528
Longitude -109.465

Green River Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 33 F
Apr Temp 28 to 58 F
Jul Temp 49 to 86 F
Oct Temp 27 to 63 F
Annual Precip 8 inches
Distance 21.2 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 27 F
Apr Temp 28 to 51 F
Jul Temp 52 to 82 F
Oct Temp 31 to 56 F
Annual Precip 9.4 inches
Station MANILA
Distance 40.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 36 F
Apr Temp 30 to 58 F
Jul Temp 53 to 85 F
Oct Temp 33 to 62 F
Annual Precip 9.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Rock Springs 23,684 $84,110

Green River Public Libraries

Sweetwater County Library System
Green River, Wyoming
(307) 875-3615

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

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Student/teacher ratio: 10.7

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Historic Green River


Bluffs of the Green River c1900.
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