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Urbanity[edit]

Wyoming is a predominantly urban state. Unlike states with a predominantly agricultural economy, few inhabitants live in areas classified as rural. Please note that the department of the census classifies Wyoming's population as being just over 65% urban. --Embarcadero1 23:43, 19 February 2010 (EST)

Calling Wyoming a predominantly urban state would be misleading and pedantic were it not simply ludicrous. Per the 2000 census, urban land area covers 0.17% of the state, putting it dead last among all U.S. states save Alaska. It comes in 32nd for percent of population living in "urban areas," but the census term "urban area" needs to be put into context. Cheyenne a brimming metropolis is not. A small town of 50,000, it is the second smallest city to be the largest city in its state in the country (after Burlington). --Peter Talk 02:16, 20 February 2010 (EST)


The state's population is, according to the census, over 65% urban. "Urban" is a term used by the Department of the Census and means 'living in towns or cities'. "Urban" is not a synonym for "urbane", which seems to be Peter's confusion. This aspect of the state has a direct impact on travelers: leaving towns like Casper, there can be gaps of up to 70 miles in services (in fact, there is a scary sign just north of Casper on I-25 that says "next services 68 miles"). This is in direct contrast to more rural states, which typically have agricultural economies (e.g., Nebraska, South Dakota to the East), and have many more small towns scattered across relatively short distances. The term "urban" here was used to replace the misleading term "rural" which was used in the paragraph previously. I'm happy with this version, to which I've made some minor edits. --Embarcadero1 10:00, 20 February 2010 (EST)

Urbane is a very different thing from anything I was talking about (the section header was tongue-in-cheek). Regardless, I like your recent edits to the article, which are much more in line with the sort of tone Wikitravel aims for, so please keep up the good work! --Peter Talk 13:07, 20 February 2010 (EST)

Updates[edit]

Removing some of the brochure-like language from the article:

I've tweaked the wording throughout the article to avoid brochure-like language that is either difficult to establish (e.g., "known for friendly people", "Old West atmosphere") or seems intended to promote rather than describe (e.g., the claim that Wyoming is the origin of cowboy myths; it may be a rich source, but calling it the origin seems a rather pointless stretch).

I've also updated sections on air travel and other logistical aspects of the article. —The preceding comment was added by Embarcadero1 (talkcontribs)

One request - while the article already included listings for individual businesses, in general the state article should not include individual museums or businesses - instead, those listings should be in the city article, and the state article would then provide an overview letting the reader know (for example) what cities and or regions to visit for museums. See Maryland for a good example of how this is handled in other state articles. -- Ryan • (talk) • 13:54, 23 May 2012 (EDT)

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