New Study Ranks Torrington As Wyoming’s ‘Poorest’ Town
According to a new study, Torrington is Wyoming's poorest town.
Statistics show that Torrington that more than 20% of families in Torrington live below the poverty line. The median annual household income is nearly $18,000 lower than the Wyoming average ($40,911 versus $58,840 statewide). Nearly 10% of their 6.736 residents rely on food stamps.
Several years ago Torrington lost a huge ethanol plant, but is still home to several fertilizer plants and a sugar beet factory. Goshen County is also the top agriculture producing county in the state and also ranks number one in cattle inventory.
In spite of their economic issues, public education in Torrington is above average. 90.6 percent of Torrington residents have graduated high school, substantially higher than the 86.7 percent national average. It's also the home of Eastern Wyoming College, which offers Associate Degree programs in several fields of study.