Morgan County, Utah

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Morgan County, Utah
Map of Utah highlighting Morgan County
Location in the state of Utah
Map of the United States highlighting Utah
Utah's location in the U.S.
Founded 1862
Named for Jedediah Morgan Grant
Seat Morgan
Largest city Morgan
Area
 • Total 611 sq mi (1,582 km2)
 • Land 609 sq mi (1,577 km2)
 • Water 1.7 sq mi (4 km2), 0.3%
Population
 • (2010) 9,469
 • Density 15.5/sq mi (6/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.morgan-county.net

Morgan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Utah. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,469.[1] Its county seat and largest city is Morgan.[2] The county was named for Jedediah Morgan Grant, father of Heber J. Grant, who served as president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Morgan County is part of the Ogden-Clearfield, UT Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Salt Lake City-Provo-Orem, UT Combined Statistical Area.

History[edit]

An early route of the Hastings Cutoff ran through the Morgan Valley and down through a narrow gorge in Weber Canyon. The Donner Party avoided going through the Morgan Valley in order to speed up their journey. However, their alternate route proved more time-consuming.

In 1855, Charles Sreeve Peterson and his family became the first white settlers to take up permanent residence in the Morgan Valley after cutting a road through Weber Canyon.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 611 square miles (1,580 km2), of which 609 square miles (1,580 km2) is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) (0.3%) is water.[3] It is the third smallest county in Utah by land area and smallest by total area.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,972
1880 1,783 −9.6%
1890 1,780 −0.2%
1900 2,045 14.9%
1910 2,467 20.6%
1920 2,542 3.0%
1930 2,536 −0.2%
1940 2,611 3.0%
1950 2,519 −3.5%
1960 2,837 12.6%
1970 3,983 40.4%
1980 4,917 23.4%
1990 5,528 12.4%
2000 7,129 29.0%
2010 9,469 32.8%
Est. 2012 9,821 3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1790-1960[5] 1900-1990[6]
1990-2000[7] 2010-2012[1]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 7,129 people, 2,046 households, and 1,782 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 2,158 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.11% White, 0.04% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.45% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. 1.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,046 households out of which 49.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 79.60% were married couples living together, 5.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.90% were non-families. 11.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.48 and the average family size was 3.81.

In the county, the population was spread out with 37.10% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 24.30% from 25 to 44, 20.20% from 45 to 64, and 8.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 102.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $50,273, and the median income for a family was $53,365. Males had a median income of $42,350 versus $23,036 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,684. About 3.70% of families and 5.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.70% of those under age 18 and 6.90% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[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. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Smith, Linda H. (1999). A History of Morgan County. Salt Lake City, UT: Utah State Historical Society. ISBN 978-0-913738-36-8. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°05′N 111°35′W / 41.08°N 111.58°W / 41.08; -111.58