Beaver County, Utah

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Beaver County, Utah
Map of Utah highlighting Beaver County
Location in the state of Utah
Map of the United States highlighting Utah
Utah's location in the U.S.
Founded 1856
Named for North American Beaver
Seat Beaver
Largest city Beaver
Area
 • Total 2,592 sq mi (6,713 km2)
 • Land 2,590 sq mi (6,708 km2)
 • Water 2.1 sq mi (5 km2), 0.08%
Population
 • (2010) 6,629
 • Density 2.5/sq mi (1/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website beaver.utah.gov
Beaver County (UT) Details

Beaver County is a county located in the U.S. state of Utah. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,629.[1] Its county seat and largest city is Beaver.[2] The county was named for the abundance of beavers in the area.

History[edit]

While explorers first visited present-day Beaver County in the 1776 Dominguez-Escalante Expedition, the county was created by the Utah territorial legislature from a section of Iron County on January 5, 1856 when Mormon settlers founded the city of Beaver, Utah. The county was named after the animal which was plentiful there.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,592 square miles (6,710 km2), of which 2,590 square miles (6,700 km2) is land and 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2) (0.08%) is water.[4] The Tushar Mountains lie on the eastern boundary of the county, reaching to 12,000 feet (3,700 m) in elevation, and providing water for the farming communities of Beaver and Manderfield. To the west, barren desert valleys typify the scenery, separated by mountains lightly forested with junipers.

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 785
1870 2,007 155.7%
1880 3,918 95.2%
1890 3,340 −14.8%
1900 3,613 8.2%
1910 4,717 30.6%
1920 5,139 8.9%
1930 5,136 −0.1%
1940 5,014 −2.4%
1950 4,856 −3.2%
1960 4,331 −10.8%
1970 3,800 −12.3%
1980 4,378 15.2%
1990 4,765 8.8%
2000 6,005 26.0%
2010 6,629 10.4%
Est. 2012 6,501 −1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2012[1]

As of the census[9] of 2010, there were 6,629 people, 2,265 households, and 1,697 families residing in the county. The population density was 2.56 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 2,908 housing units at an average density of 1.12 per square mile (0.43/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 1.14% Native American, 1.05% Asian, 0.28% Pacific Islander, 6.86% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. 10.8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,265 households out of which 32.05% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.22% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.08% were non-families. 22.12% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.62% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.44.

The county population was spread out with 36.72% under the age of 20, 4.21% from 20 to 24, 24.09% from 25 to 44, 22.43% from 45 to 64, and 12.55% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31.9 years. For every 100 females there were 106.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.93 males.

Communities[edit]

Map of Beaver County municipalities

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Van Cott, J. W., 1990, Utah Place Names, ISBN 0-87480-345-4
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°20′N 113°14′W / 38.34°N 113.23°W / 38.34; -113.23