Elk Mountain, Wyoming

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Elk Mountain, Wyoming
Town
Aerial photo of Elk Mountain, looking northeast
Aerial photo of Elk Mountain, looking northeast
Location of Elk Mountain in Carbon County, Wyoming.
Location of Elk Mountain in Carbon County, Wyoming.
Elk Mountain, Wyoming is located in the United States
Elk Mountain, Wyoming
Elk Mountain, Wyoming
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 41°41′11″N 106°24′52″W / 41.68639°N 106.41444°W / 41.68639; -106.41444Coordinates: 41°41′11″N 106°24′52″W / 41.68639°N 106.41444°W / 41.68639; -106.41444
CountryUnited States
StateWyoming
CountyCarbon
Government
 • MayorMorgan Irene (Republican)
Area
 • Total0.28 sq mi (0.72 km2)
 • Land0.28 sq mi (0.72 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
7,264 ft (2,214 m)
Population
 (2010)[2]
 • Total191
 • Estimate 
(2019)[3]
185
 • Density667.87/sq mi (258.22/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
82324
Area code(s)307
FIPS code56-24025[4]
GNIS feature ID1588236[5]

Elk Mountain is a town in Carbon County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 191 at the 2010 census. The town shares its name with a mountain 7 miles (11 km) southwest of town.

Geography[edit]

Elk Mountain is located at 41°41′11″N 106°24′52″W / 41.68639°N 106.41444°W / 41.68639; -106.41444 (41.686517, −106.414535).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.28 square miles (0.73 km2), all land.[7]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
191098
192089−9.2%
193054−39.3%
194010798.1%
195019683.2%
1960190−3.1%
1970127−33.2%
1980338166.1%
1990174−48.5%
200019210.3%
2010191−0.5%
2019 (est.)185[3]−3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 191 people, 76 households, and 58 families residing in the town. The population density was 682.1 inhabitants per square mile (263.4/km2). There were 109 housing units at an average density of 389.3 per square mile (150.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.4% White, 1.0% African American, and 0.5% Native American. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.5% of the population.

There were 76 households, of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.4% were married couples living together, 1.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 23.7% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.95.

The median age in the town was 45.1 years. 20.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.1% were from 25 to 44; 32% were from 45 to 64; and 18.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 192 people, 74 households, and 52 families residing in the town. The population density was 676.5 people per square mile (264.8/km2). There were 116 housing units at an average density of 408.7 per square mile (160.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.83% White, 1.04% Native American, 2.08% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.21% of the population.

There were 74 households, out of which 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.5% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 30.2% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 120.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $40,313, and the median income for a family was $46,042. Males had a median income of $27,500 versus $23,125 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,463. None of the families and 4.3% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 14.3% of those over 64.

Education[edit]

Public education in the town of Elk Mountain is provided by Carbon County School District #2. Zoned campuses include Elk Mountain Elementary School (grades K-6) and H.E.M. Junior/Senior High School [1] (grades 7–12).

Elk Mountain has a public library, a branch of the Carbon County Library System.[9]

Government/Elections[edit]

Elk Mountain's current system of government is municipal government. 5 council members are headed by the office of the Mayor. The current mayor of the town is Morgan Irene (Republican) whom took office in early January 2011.

List of Recent Former Mayors

1. Barbara Bonner (Republican)/ In office from 1994 to 2006

2. Rick Christopherson (Democrat)/ In office from 2007 to 2011

3. Morgan Irene (Republican)/ In office from 2011–present

Election System

The Town of Elk Mountain, elects its officials by holding election every 2–4 years based upon the position of office open. The office is won when said candidate wins the popular vote.

Election of 2002

In 2002, The town of Elk Mountain had 2 out of 5 council seats open for reelection and the Mayor portion open for reelection. The two open council seat were won and filled by incumbents Craig Jones (Republican) and Penny Nesvik (Republican). Longtime Mayor Barbra Bonner ran for reelection for a third term. She was challenged by local townsperson Al Santilli (Democrat). Bonner defeated Santilli and was reelected for a third term by winning the majority of the vote.

Bonner=83

Santilli=31

Election of 2006

In 2006, The town of Elk Mountain had 2 out of 5 council seats open for reelection and the Mayor portion open for election. The two open council seat were won and filled by incumbent Jennifer Bowen (Republican) and new member Jim Richards (Republican). Longtime Mayor Barbra Bonner did not run for reelection for a 4th term. Local residents Rick Christopherson (Democrat) and Dorothy Booth (Republican), ran against each other for the position of Mayor. Christopherson won the election by winning the majority of the vote.

Christopherson=64

Booth=32

Election of 2010 In 2010, The town of Elk Mountain had 2 out of 5 council seats open for reelection and the Mayor portion open for election. Incumbent councilwoman and councilman Janeen Jones (Republican) and John Larsen (Republican) won reelection to the tow council. Incumbent Mayor Rick Christopherson (Democrat) ran for reelection against challenger Morgan Irene (Republican). After the election results where tallied the results were astonishing. The election ended in a tie with both Irene and Mayor Christopherson receiving 51 votes each. Under state law, tie votes are settled by drawing lots – a method that has happened with surprising frequency in Wyoming. But the Carbon County canvassing board threw out the results Friday after finding that an Elk Mountain election judge inadvertently gave a ballot to an out-of-town resident which was another controversial topic of the election. Because of the faulty ballot, a second special election was held on November, 23rd of 2010. This time the results were more clear. Irene won the popular vote and the Mayor's office after receiving 52 votes to 48 for Christopherson.[citation needed]

1st Election of 2010

Christopherson=51

Irene=51

Special election of 2010

Irene=52

Christopherson=48

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 24, 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Wyoming Public Libraries". PublicLibraries.com. Retrieved June 13, 2019.

Notable residents

Chompers

2006–Present