Sundance, Wyoming

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Sundance is a town in Crook County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 1,161 at the 2000 census. The town is named for the Sun Dance ceremony practiced by several North American Indian Nations.


Sundance in popular culture

After his release from the Sundance Jail in 1888, Harry Longabaugh acquired the moniker the Sundance Kid, which entered the popular imagination in the 1969 movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which won several Academy Awards including Best Original Screenplay. Robert Redford, who portrayed Longabaugh in the movie, later named the Sundance Ski Resort, near Provo, Utah, and the Sundance Film Festival after this character. A sign visible from I-90 proclaims that Sundance is "where the kid got his name."

Geography and climate

Sundance is located at 44°24′19″N 104°22′20″W / 44.40528°N 104.37222°W / 44.40528; -104.37222 (44.405230, -104.372131)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km²), of which, 2.0 square miles (5.2 km²) of it is land and 0.50% is water.

Sundance experiences a humid continental climate (Koppen climate classification Dfb) with higher precipitation than the semi-arid regions surrounding it due to its location in the Black Hills.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,161 people, 476 households, and 318 families residing in the town. The population density was 582.2 people per square mile (225.3/km²). There were 545 housing units at an average density of 273.3/sq mi (105.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.64% White, 1.64% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.60% of the population.

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