Get to Know Wyoming
Wyoming was the 44th state to join the union on July 10, 1890. The capital is Cheyenne. The state bird is the Meadowlark and the state flower is the Indian Paintbrush.
The state name is from an Algonquin or Delaware Indian word for ‘large prairie place,’ which describes the topography of the state, which includes a portion of the Eastern Great Plains.
Wyoming’s economy is supported by (agriculture) cattle, sheep, hay, sugar beets and wheat and (industry) mining, tourism, chemical products, printing/publishing, and lumber/wood products.
The gross state product was $38.4-billion (2012) and the unemployment rate was 7.6% (January 2010). A state sales tax of 4% is in effect.