Kane County, Utah

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Kane County, Utah
Map of Utah highlighting Kane County
Location in the state of Utah
Map of the United States highlighting Utah
Utah's location in the U.S.
Founded 1864
Named for Thomas L. Kane
Seat Kanab
Largest city Kanab
Area
 • Total 4,109 sq mi (10,642 km2)
 • Land 3,990 sq mi (10,334 km2)
 • Water 118 sq mi (306 km2), 2.9%
Population
 • (2010) 7,125
 • Density 1.78/sq mi (0.689/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website kane.utah.gov

Kane County is a county located in the U.S. state of Utah. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,125.[1] Its county seat and largest city is Kanab.[2] The county was named for Col. Thomas L. Kane,[3] a friend of the Mormon settlers.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,109 square miles (10,640 km2), of which 3,990 square miles (10,300 km2) is land and 118 square miles (310 km2) (2.9%) is water.[4] The Colorado River, reformed as Lake Powell, forms its eastern boundary. Arizona lies on the southern boundary. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument covers much of the county. A rugged and inhospitable country of deserts, mountains and cliffs makes up the terrain, with breath-taking scenery in every area. Parts of Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park extend into the northern and western portions of the county. The eastern part of the county is part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Utah protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,513
1880 3,085 103.9%
1890 1,685 −45.4%
1900 1,811 7.5%
1910 1,652 −8.8%
1920 2,054 24.3%
1930 2,235 8.8%
1940 2,561 14.6%
1950 2,299 −10.2%
1960 2,667 16.0%
1970 2,421 −9.2%
1980 4,024 66.2%
1990 5,169 28.5%
2000 6,046 17.0%
2010 7,125 17.8%
Est. 2012 7,221 1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2012[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 6,046 people, 2,237 households, and 1,628 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 3,767 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.00% White, 0.03% Black or African American, 1.55% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.74% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. 2.32% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The top 5 ethnic groups in Kane County are:

There were 2,237 households out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.60% were married couples living together, 6.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.20% were non-families. 23.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the county, the population was spread out with 29.40% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 21.20% from 25 to 44, 25.90% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,247, and the median income for a family was $40,030. Males had a median income of $30,655 versus $20,406 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,455. About 5.50% of families and 7.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.30% of those under age 18 and 5.40% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

The county is heavily Republican. Of "straight-ticket" voters in the 2008 election there were 992 Republicans and 326 Democrats. In the Utah gubernatorial election, 2004 nearly 70% of the county's vote went for Jon Huntsman, Jr. and in the 2008 election he received roughly 75% of the vote. That stated, it is part of Utah's 2nd congressional district and thus was represented by moderate Democrat Jim Matheson for many years, until 2013. The second district is now represented by Republican Chris Stewart, elected in 2012 when Jim Matheson ran for election to the newly created fourth district instead of remaining in the second.

In Presidential elections the county has not been won by a Democratic candidate since Woodrow Wilson in 1916 and was the only county in Utah carried by Alf Landon.[10] It has solidly favored the Republican candidate since at least 1956, when Dwight D. Eisenhower received approximately 90% of the vote.[11][12] In 1964 the county went solidly for Barry Goldwater who lost the state by over 9%.[13] No Democratic candidate for President has received more than 30% of the county's vote in at least 16 years.[14]

Communities[edit]

Map of Kane County communities

City[edit]

Towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ghost town[edit]

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. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 172. 
  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. 
  10. ^ [ Geographie Electorale]
  11. ^ [ David Leip Presidential Election Atlas (Statistics for 1956)]
  12. ^ [ David Leip's Presidential Election Atlas (Election maps for Utah for post-1956 elections)]
  13. ^ [ David Leip's Presidential Election Atlas - 1964 statistics for Utah]
  14. ^ [ The New York Times Electoral Map (Zoom in on Utah)]

External links[edit]

  • [kane.utah.gov Kane County official website]

Coordinates: 37°17′N 111°53′W / 37.29°N 111.89°W / 37.29; -111.89