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Overview

Introduction to Rock Springs, Wyoming

Rock Springs, Wyoming, in Sweetwater county, is 145 miles E of Ogden, Utah and 255 miles NW of Denver, Colorado.

Rock Springs History

Rock Springs is located in Sweetwater County, which was established in 1867. The city was the site of the Rock Springs Massacre, one of the worst race riots in American History, on September 2, 1885. Western Wyoming Community College was established in Rock Springs in the Fall of 1959 and was the fifth community college of Wyoming.

Rock Springs and nearby Attractions

  • Plaza Mall Shopping Center
  • Rock Springs Historical Museum
  • Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge
  • Natural History Museum of Western Wyoming College
  • Green River

Things To Do In Rock Springs

Local museums include the Rock Springs Historical Museum, the Natural History Museum of Western Wyoming College and the Sweetwater County Historical Museum. The Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge provides several different recreational opportunities. The White Mountain Mall and the Plaza Mall Shopping Center are the local shopping centers.

Rock Springs Transportation

Rock Springs-Sweetwater County Airport is nearby.

Rock Springs Higher Education

Western Wyoming Community College is the local college. Others in the area include Mesa State College, the University of Utah and Utah State University.

People

Total Population 23,869
Male Share of the Population 52.5%
Female Share of the Population 47.5%
Senior Citizens 9%
Employed Population 16+ 12,050
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 53%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.5%
Median Earnings25+ $42,615
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,311
Median Earnings With High School Degree $37,340

Wealth

Median Family Income $80,066
% Above Poverty Level 87.5%
% Below Poverty Level 12.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 2%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.3%
Median Gross Rent $893
Median House Value $199,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28.4%
US/American 0%
English 16.2%
Irish 12%

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

Rock Springs Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 145 miles E of Ogden, Utah (center to center)
Nearest Large City 255 miles NW of Denver, Colorado
County Sweetwater
Standard Zip Codes 82901
P.O. Box Zip Codes 82902, 82942
Phone Area Codes 307
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.587
Longitude -109.202

Rock Springs Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station ROCK SPRINGS AP
Distance 7.1 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 BITTER CREEK 4 NE
Distance 35.5 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 31 F
Apr Temp 25 to 55 F
Jul Temp 47 to 83 F
Oct Temp 27 to 59 F
Annual Precip 6.6 inches
Station MANILA
Distance 50.1 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bitter Creek (82901)

Quealy (82901)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Green River 12,604 $84,129
Superior 265 $89,750

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

Rock Springs Hospitals

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL SWEETWATER COUNTY
(Government - Local)
1200 COLLEGE DR
(307) 362-3711
Emergency Service: Yes

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Rock Springs High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

ROCK SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL
1375 JAMES DRIVE
307-352-3440
Serves 1,132 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

INDEPENDENCE HIGH SCHOOL
1300 LOWELL AVENUE
307-352-3290
A Non-traditional School
Serves 120 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.4

ROOSEVELT LEARNING CENTER
440 DEWAR DRIVE
307-362-6525
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 19 students.

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