- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming’s population is predicted to reach 688,000 over the next 24 years, according to a new study.

And although the number of residents in the nation’s least-populated state will rise through 2040, growth in Wyoming is expected to be slightly below the national average, and it pales in comparison to the growth rates anticipated in Colorado and Utah.

The recent study is by the Pew Charitable Trusts, which analyzed demographics data from the University of Virginia. It began with Wyoming’s 2010 population of 563,626.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/29oDWtp ) that Wyoming is expected to grow by 22 percent during the 30-year span, slightly under the national average of 24 percent.

In Colorado, the population is expected to grow 56 percent and Utah 55 percent.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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