University of Wyoming

Students walk to and from the University of Wyoming Union building during winter break in Laramie.

Jenna VonHofe, Star-Tribune

Natrona County has the third-most students at the University of Wyoming’s Laramie campus of the state’s 23 counties and is home to the third-most employees of the school, according to data released Wednesday.

Five hundred and sixty Natrona County natives attend the main campus of the state’s sole four-year public school, according to UW data. One hundred and ninety non-student university employees live in the county. Another 90 students work for the university and also live here, also the third-highest total in the state.

Laramie and Albany counties top the list in all three categories. Laramie County has 1,108 students at the university’s main campus and has 242 UW employees living in the county, plus 213 student workers. Albany has 1,078 students at the university and has 3,762 non-student and 2,429 student residents working for UW.

There are also 118 Natrona County-native students attending UW-Casper.

Natrona, Laramie and Albany counties are home to three of the largest five school districts in the state. There are 327 UW students from Campbell County, site of the third-largest district in Wyoming.

The Natrona County-based student and non-student employees earn $332,340 and $8,096,867 in payroll, respectively, according to the university’s data.

Those numbers are slight changes from last year, when there were 546 Natrona County students attending the Laramie campus and 152 at UW-Casper. There were more nonstudent employees — 197 — earning a little more than $100,000.

Niobrara County had the lowest number of students at the Laramie campus, with 19. Next came Hot Springs with 37, Weston with 46 and Crook with 51.

Elsewhere in the data, Natrona County had:

  • 197 distance learners;
  • 3,179 high school students contacted by UW’s admissions office;
  • 86 women in the STEM conference;
  • 7,169 UW alumni.

Follow education reporter Seth Klamann on Twitter @SethKlamann

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Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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