Introduction to Rawlins, Wyoming

Rawlins, Wyoming, in Carbon county, is 133 miles W of Cheyenne, Wyoming and 184 miles NW of Denver, Colorado. The city’s population is 8,538.

Rawlins History

Rawlins was founded by Civil War General John A. Rawlins in 1882. It was incorporated in 1886. Oil was the main industry of Rawlins throughout much of its early history. The Wyoming State Penitentiary was established in the city in 1982. Rawlins is the county seat of Carbon County, which was organized in 1868.

Rawlins and nearby Attractions

  • Highlands Estate Shopping Center
  • Wyoming Frontier Prison Museum
  • Carbon County Museum
  • Ferris Mountains Wilderness Study Area
  • Seminoe State Park
  • Fort Steele State Historic Site

Things To Do In Rawlins

Local museums include the Wyoming Frontier Prison Museum and the Carbon County Museum. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Rochelle Ranch Golf Course, while Rodeo Park is also a popular local recreational destination. The city hosts the Carbon County Fair every August.

Rawlins Transportation

Natrona County International is the nearest major airport.

Rawlins Higher Education

The University of Wyoming, Colorado State University and Casper College are all accessible from Rawlins.


Total Population 9,155
Male Share of the Population 55.6%
Female Share of the Population 44.4%
Senior Citizens 11%
Employed Population 16+ 4,449
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 44.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $70,000
% Above Poverty Level 84.3%
% Below Poverty Level 15.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 29.2%
Median Gross Rent $801
Median House Value $144,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.3%
US/American 0%
English 9.7%
Irish 14.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Rawlins Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 133 miles W of Cheyenne, Wyoming (center to center)
Nearest Large City 184 miles NW of Denver, Colorado
County Carbon
Standard Zip Codes 82301, 82310
Phone Area Codes 307
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.791
Longitude -107.238

Rawlins Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 33 F
Apr Temp 28 to 55 F
Jul Temp 51 to 85 F
Oct Temp 31 to 60 F
Annual Precip 9.7 inches
Distance 41.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 30 to 56 F
Jul Temp 54 to 86 F
Oct Temp 34 to 60 F
Annual Precip 11 inches
Distance 53 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 33 F
Apr Temp 24 to 53 F
Jul Temp 45 to 79 F
Oct Temp 27 to 58 F
Annual Precip 13.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Rawlins, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Creston (82301)

Fort Steele (82301)

Muddy Gap (82301)

Riner (82301)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Sinclair 371 $89,271

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Rawlins Public Libraries

Carbon County Library System
Rawlins, Wyoming
(307) 328-2618

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Rawlins Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
2221 ELM ST
(307) 324-2221
Emergency Service: Yes

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Rawlins High Schools

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A Non-traditional School
Serves 469 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 37 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 37

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