Gillette, Wyoming - Facts & Figures
Gillette was incorporated on January 6, 1892, less than two years after Wyoming became a state. The city was named after Edward Gillette, who worked as a surveyor for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. Companies based in Gillette include Cloud Peak Energy.
In 1974, U.S. psychologist ElDean Kohrs used the town as the basic example of what he called the Gillette Syndrome: the social disruption that can occur in a community due to rapid population growth. During the 1960s, Gillette doubled its population from 3,580 to 7,194 residents. Kohrs proposed that this fast increase of population caused the phenomenon is known as Gillette Syndrome, resulting in increased crime, high costs of living and weakened social and community bonds.
- Population: 29,087
- Industries: Extraction, Energy
- Area Codes: 307, exchanges 670, 682, 685-688
- Zip Codes: 82716-82718
- Surrounding Cities: Sheridan, WY , Spearfish, SD , Belle Fourche, SD , Sturgis, SD , Douglas, WY