Wyoming is the least-populous state in the country, despite being the 10th largest, with the second-lowest population density. The state is covered mainly by the rangeland of the Rocky Mountains in the west and the elevated prairies of the High Plains in the east. Wyoming’s largest city and capital is Cheyenne.
In 1868, Wyoming was established as a territory created from parts of the Dakota, Utah, and Idaho territories. After twenty years, Congress declared Wyoming the 44th state. The state earned its nickname, the Equality State, due to its early advocacy for women’s rights, implemented before it became a state. Wyoming was the pioneer state in granting women the right to vote and the first to elect a female governor.
Each year, millions of tourists flock to Wyoming to visit its seven national parks, including the famous Yellowstone. Another popular attraction is Devil’s Tower, a sacred rock formation to the Plains Tribes and the first national monument declared by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. The state’s official sport is the rodeo, which has become a cornerstone of Wyoming’s culture and economy.