Wyoming is located in the western of United States. The shape of the state is roughly rectangular. As of 2005, Wyoming has an estimated population of 509,294, which is an increase of 3,407, or 0.7%, from the prior year and an increase of 15,512, or 3.1%, since the year 2000. Wyoming was the first state to give women the suffrage. It also had the first female juror, the first female court bailiff and the first female governor of the U.S. Cheyenne is the capital and largest city of Wyoming.
Wyoming is considered an arid state with less than 10 inches of rainfall annually. Average July temperatures range from about 63 F in the mountainous northwest to about 68 F in the southeast. Average January tempertures range from about 19 F in the Yellowstone National Park to about 27 F in Cheyenne. Heavy snowfalls are common in the higher mountain regions.
Mineral extraction industry is the largest sector of the state's economy. Wyoming is a leading producer of coal, natural gas, petroleum and nonfuel mineral (sodium carbonate, bentonite, helium gas etc.) Casper is a major industrial center for oil refineries. Agriculture has been an essential component of Wyoming¡¦s economy. Its agriculture commodities include cattle, hay, sugar beets, and wheat. The dairy industry is centered in the Star Valley. Tourism has become a major source of revenue of the state. The Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Devil's Tower National Monument, and Fossil Butte National Monument attract millions of vistors annually.