Box Elder County, Utah

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Box Elder County, Utah
Box Elder County Courthouse.jpeg
Box Elder County Courthouse
Map of Utah highlighting Box Elder 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 Box elder tree
Seat Brigham City
Largest city Brigham City
 • Total 6,729 sq mi (17,428 km2)
 • Land 5,746 sq mi (14,882 km2)
 • Water 934 sq mi (2,419 km2), 14.6%
 • (2010) 49,975
 • Density 8.7/sq mi (3/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Box Elder County float, 1912
Box Elder County (details)

Box Elder County is a county located in the U.S. state of Utah. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 49,975.[1] Its county seat and largest city is Brigham City.[2] The county was named for the box elder trees with which the county abounds.

Box Elder County lies on the north end of the Great Salt Lake, covering a large area north to the Idaho border and west to the Nevada border. Included in this area are large tracts of barren desert, contrasted by high, forested mountains. The Wasatch Front lies along the south-eastern border, where the main cities are found.

Box Elder County is part of the Ogden-Clearfield, UT Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Salt Lake City-Provo-Orem, UT Combined Statistical Area.


19th century[edit]

The California Trail followed Goose Creek from a point just north of the Idaho/Utah border southwest across northwestern Box Elder County to Little Goose Creek in northeastern Elko County, Nevada.[3] The link-up of the first transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah.

20th century[edit]

The famous Spiral Jetty was built in 1970.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 6,729 square miles (17,430 km2), of which 5,746 square miles (14,880 km2) is land and 984 square miles (2,550 km2) (14.6%) is water.[4]

In the east lie the Wellsville Mountains, a branch of the Wasatch Range. In the west is a large, mostly uninhabited desert area. The Great Salt Lake lies in the southern portion of the county. Interstate 15 runs through the eastern portion merged with Interstate 84 past Brigham City. They split at Tremonton, with 84 heading northwest past Snowville into Idaho and 15 heading north past Plymouth and Portage into Idaho.

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,608
1870 4,855 201.9%
1880 6,761 39.3%
1890 7,642 13.0%
1900 10,009 31.0%
1910 13,894 38.8%
1920 18,788 35.2%
1930 17,810 −5.2%
1940 18,832 5.7%
1950 19,734 4.8%
1960 25,061 27.0%
1970 28,129 12.2%
1980 33,222 18.1%
1990 36,485 9.8%
2000 42,745 17.2%
2010 49,975 16.9%
Est. 2013 50,794 1.6%
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 49,975 people, 16,058 households, and 12,891 families residing in the county. The population density was 8.73 people per square mile (3.37/km²). There were 17,326 housing units at an average density of 3.03 per square mile (1.17/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.77% White, 0.34% Black or African American, 0.82% Native American, 0.89% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 3.77% from other races, and 2.24% from two or more races. 8.31% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 16,058 households out of which 41.32% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.44% were married couples living together, 8.69% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.72% were non-families. 17.16% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.39% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.50.

In the county, the population was spread out with 36.60% under the age of 20, 5.55% from 20 to 24, 25.37% from 25 to 44, 21.35% from 45 to 64, and 11.13% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30.6 years. For every 100 females there were 101.59 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.61 males.

Cities and towns[edit]

Map of Box Elder County municipalities and CDPs

Incorporated areas[edit]

Census designated places (CDPs)[edit]

Other places[edit]






Speciality Schools[edit]

See also[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. ^ "California Trail". Trails West. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  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]

Media related to Box Elder County, Utah at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 41°31′N 113°06′W / 41.51°N 113.10°W / 41.51; -113.10