Rawlins, Wyoming

Rawlins, Wyoming is a small city located in the south-central region of the state. It is situated in Carbon County and has a population of about 9,000 people. The city was founded in 1868 and was named for Union Army General John Aaron Rawlins. It is home to many historical sites and attractions, including the Wyoming Frontier Prison Museum, the Union Pacific Depot Museum, and the Carbon County Museum. The city offers a variety of activities for visitors to enjoy including camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, golfing, bird watching, and more. The nearby Seminoe Mountains are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts looking to explore Wyoming’s beautiful landscapes. There are also several restaurants in town that offer delicious local cuisine as well as more familiar options. Shopping opportunities abound with several stores offering clothing apparel and souvenirs for those looking to take home a piece of Rawlins history. With its friendly atmosphere and abundance of activities to do around town, it’s no wonder why Rawlins is such an attractive destination for locals and tourists alike!

Population: 8,538. Estimated population in July 2020: 8,658 (+1.4% change)
Males: 4,501 (52.7%), Females: 4,037 (47.3%)

Carbon County

Zip code: 82301

Median resident age: 36.1 years
Median household income: $36,600
Median house value: $73,700

Races in Rawlins:

  • White Non-Hispanic (74.6%)
  • Hispanic (21.0%)
  • Other race (8.3%)
  • Two or more races (2.6%)
  • American Indian (2.2%)
  • Black (0.8%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: German (20.0%), English (11.8%), Irish (11.4%), United States (8.0%), Swedish (3.7%), Scottish (3.2%).

Elevation: 6769 feet

Land area: 7.4 square miles

Rawlins, Wyoming


Rawlins, Wyoming is a small city located in Carbon County. According to the 2020 Census, the population of Rawlins is 9,731, with a population density of 1,683 people per square mile. The median age of the population is 32 years old and the gender ratio is roughly 50/50. The largest racial demographic in Rawlins is White (80%), followed by Hispanic (15%) and Native American (2%). Rawlins has an unemployment rate of 2.9%. The median household income in Rawlins is $49,837 and the median home value is $179,100.

Rawlins has several outdoor recreational activities for its residents and visitors to enjoy. There are two golf courses within five miles of downtown Rawlins including one 18-hole course at the Carbon Country Club and another 9-hole course at the Burning Sage Golf Course. There are also several parks located around town including City Park which provides access to a playground, tennis courts and picnic areas as well as access to hiking trails along nearby Beaver Creek. Also located near downtown are two museums: The Wyoming Frontier Prison Museum which showcases artifacts from when it was an active prison from 1901-1981; and The Old West Museum which features exhibits on local history from prehistoric times to present day.

For population 25 years and over in Rawlins

  • High school or higher: 81.7%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 15.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.9%
  • Unemployed: 5.4%
  • Mean travel time to work: 12.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Rawlins city

  • Never married: 19.9%
  • Now married: 61.3%
  • Separated: 1.2%
  • Widowed: 5.8%
  • Divorced: 11.8%

3.6% Foreign born (2.5% Latin America, 0.6% Europe).

Population change in the 1990s: -952 (-10.0%).


Hospital/medical center in Rawlins:


Other hospitals/medical centers near Rawlins:

  • MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, THE – CAH (about 89 miles; CRAIG, CO)


Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Rawlins:

  • YAMPA VALLEY (about 91 miles; HAYDEN, CO; Abbreviation: HDN)
  • NATRONA COUNTY INTL (about 94 miles; CASPER, WY; Abbreviation: CPR)
  • LARAMIE REGIONAL (about 114 miles; LARAMIE, WY; Abbreviation: LAR)

Other public-use airports nearest to Rawlins:

  • RAWLINS MUNI (about 4 miles; RAWLINS, WY; Abbreviation: RWL)
  • SHIVELY FIELD (about 38 miles; SARATOGA, WY; Abbreviation: SAA)
  • DIXON (about 55 miles; DIXON, WY; Abbreviation: 9U4)

Colleges and Universities

According to educationvv, Wyoming is home to the following higher educational institutes:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Rawlins:

  • UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING (about 100 miles; LARAMIE, WY; Full-time enrollment: 9,665)
  • CASPER COLLEGE (about 100 miles; CASPER, WY; Full-time enrollment: 2,564)
  • COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY (about 153 miles; Fort Collins, CO; Full-time enrollment: 22,684)
  • COLORADO MOUNTAIN COLLEGE (about 157 miles; GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO; Full-time enrollment: 3,400)
  • UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER (about 174 miles; BOULDER, CO; Full-time enrollment: 25,355)
  • AIMS COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 197 miles; GREELEY, CO; Full-time enrollment: 3,722)
  • UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO (about 200 miles; GREELEY, CO; Full-time enrollment: 10,983)


Public high schools in Rawlins:

  • RAWLINS HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 469; Location: 1401 COLORADO; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • COOPERATIVE HIGH (Students: 37; Location: 615 RODEO STREET; Grades: 08 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Rawlins:

  • RAWLINS MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 374; Location: BROOKS & HARSHMAN; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • HIGHLAND HILLS ELEMENTARY (Students: 254; Location: DARNLEY & INVERNESS; Grades: KG – 05)
  • MOUNTAIN VIEW ELEMENTARY (Students: 222; Location: ELEVENTH & BIRCH; Grades: KG – 05)
  • PERSHING ELEMENTARY (Students: 170; Location: DAVIS & PERSHING; Grades: KG – 05)


Library in Rawlins:

  • CARBON COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM (Operating income: $303,727; Location: 215 WEST BUFFALO; 97,813 books; 2,080 audio materials; 2,640 video materials; 96 serial subscriptions)