Introduction to Gillette, Wyoming

Gillette, Wyoming, in Campbell county, is 113 miles W of Rapid City, South Dakota and 316 miles N of Denver, Colorado.

Gillette History

The area now known as Gillette was originally known as Donkey Town and was a tent town. The community was named in honor of Edward Gillette, who was a local surveyor. The area was platted in 1891, when lots began to be sold. The railroad arrived in the same year. After a short span of time, the community began to develop and prosper. The community began to decline after the railroad was extended beyond Gillette however.

Gillette and nearby Attractions

  • Keyhole State Park
  • Anna Miller Museum
  • Upton Red Onion Museum
  • Hoofprints of the Past Museum
  • Rockpile Museum
  • Tongue River Reservoir State Park

Things To Do In Gillette

Golfers can enjoy a round at the Bell Nob Golf Course. Local museums include the Anna Miller Museum, Hoofprints of the Past Museum and the Rockpile Museum, which offer interesting insights into the history of the community. Local festivals include Octoberfest and Harvest Festival, both of which are celebrated every October.

Gillette Transportation

Natrona County International is the nearest major airport.

Gillette Higher Education

Higher studies can be pursued at Casper College, Chadron State College and Colorado State University.


Total Population 31,634
Male Share of the Population 51.8%
Female Share of the Population 48.2%
Senior Citizens 6.2%
Employed Population 16+ 16,397
Age of the Population 30


% of people married 51.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.9%
Median Earnings25+ $46,820
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,204
Median Earnings With High School Degree $45,927


Median Family Income $83,734
% Above Poverty Level 91%
% Below Poverty Level 9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 2.4%


People Living Alone 25.5%
Median Gross Rent $935
Median House Value $208,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.4%
US/American 0%
English 6.6%
Irish 10.2%

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

Gillette Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 113 miles W of Rapid City, South Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 316 miles N of Denver, Colorado
County Campbell
Standard Zip Codes 82716, 82718, 82731
P.O. Box Zip Codes 82717, 82732
Phone Area Codes 307
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.291
Longitude -105.501

Gillette Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.8 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 31 F
Apr Temp 29 to 55 F
Jul Temp 54 to 85 F
Oct Temp 32 to 59 F
Annual Precip 17.1 inches
Distance 21.1 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 32 F
Apr Temp 30 to 54 F
Jul Temp 55 to 86 F
Oct Temp 30 to 60 F
Annual Precip 11.1 inches
Distance 23.2 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 33 F
Apr Temp 29 to 57 F
Jul Temp 54 to 87 F
Oct Temp 30 to 60 F
Annual Precip 14.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Weston (82716, 82731)

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

Gillette Public Libraries

Campbell County Public Library
2101 4-J ROAD
Gillette, Wyoming
(307) 687-0009
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Gillette Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(307) 688-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Gillette High Schools

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Serves 1,456 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

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Serves 111 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.9

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Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 22 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.3

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