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Gillette, WY

With more than 25,000 residents, Gillette is the fourth-largest city in Wyoming. Located in the northeast area of the state, the city is the county seat of Campbell County. The area is a leader in the mining and production of coal, oil, and coal-bed methane gas.

Gillette is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The area's wide-open spaces provide plenty of opportunities for hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, biking, and skiing. Facilities for sports, including soccer fields, hockey rinks and baseball diamonds, are plentiful. Motorcycling and snowboarding are also popular activities here.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

Because the area is rich in natural resources, Gillette's major industry is mining and manufacturing minerals. Gillette is known as the Energy Capital of the Nation. It has vast oil and natural gas reserves and a large number of coal mines - the area produces more than 30 percent of the coal used in the United States for generating electricity. Electrical power plants also dominate the area. Twenty-five percent of Gillette's jobs are directly tied to coal mining, natural gas, and oil extraction and supporting operations.

Top employers in Gillette include:

As Gillette looks toward the future, its economic development team is working toward expanding the industries of data storage, retail and clean-coal technologies.

NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS

Gillette is growing quickly, and the area is currently facing a housing shortage:

EDUCATION

Gillette is part of the Campbell County School District, which has nearly 7,500 students and has been ranked in the top 15 percent of schools nationwide for the past five years. Two-thirds of Gillette's high school students move on to higher education; some of them attend the Gillette Campus of Northern Wyoming Community College, which offers short-term, skills-based technical courses and associate degrees in fields such as engineering, agricultural science and English.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

For a small town, Gillette has plenty of entertainment options, from the performing arts to rodeos and other competitions:

FAMILY FUN

Gillette also boasts plenty of indoor and outdoor activities designed to stimulate both the mind and the body:

LOCAL MEDIA

Gillette has one newspaper, Gillette News Record, which serves the entire Campbell County area. The town also has one public television station, Gillette Public Access; it operates a public-access channel, one that features educational programming and one that features governmental programming.

EVENTS

Most of Gillette's annual events not only are fun but also support worthy causes-local charities.


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