Paragonah, Utah

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Paragonah, Utah
Town
Location in Iron County and the state of Utah.
Location in Iron County and the state of Utah.
Coordinates: 37°53′8″N 112°46′27″W / 37.88556°N 112.77417°W / 37.88556; -112.77417Coordinates: 37°53′8″N 112°46′27″W / 37.88556°N 112.77417°W / 37.88556; -112.77417
Country United States
State Utah
County Iron
Founded 1851
Incorporated April 3, 1916
Named for Southern Paiute for the Little Salt Lake
Area
 • Total 0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)
 • Land 0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 5,879 ft (1,792 m)
Population (2012)
 • Total 492
 • Density 810.2/sq mi (312.8/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 84760
Area code(s) 435
FIPS code 49-57960[1]
GNIS feature ID 1431094[2]

Paragonah (/ˌpærəˈɡnə/ PARR-ə-GOO-nə) is a town in Iron County, Utah, United States. The population was 470 at the 2000 census.

History[edit]

Paragonah was settled by residents from the nearby town of Parowan in the early 1850s. Parowan residents found meadows next to Red Creek that provided ideal locations for farming. The settlement was first known as Red Creek, but the name was later changed to Paragoonah and then Paragonah. There are conflicting sources as to the name's precise meaning, but it is of Paiute Indian origin and apparently is a reference to the water found in the area. Paragonah was incorporated as a town in 1916.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 121
1870 211 74.4%
1880 256 21.3%
1890 268 4.7%
1900 358 33.6%
1910 399 11.5%
1920 449 12.5%
1930 384 −14.5%
1940 365 −4.9%
1950 404 10.7%
1960 300 −25.7%
1970 275 −8.3%
1980 310 12.7%
1990 307 −1.0%
2000 470 53.1%
2010 488 3.8%
Est. 2012 492 0.8%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 470 people, 156 households, and 122 families residing in the town. The population density was 810.2 people per square mile (312.9/km²). There were 197 housing units at an average density of 339.6 per square mile (131.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.09% White, 0.21% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.49% of the population.

There were 156 households out of which 37.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.8% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families.19.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.01 and the average family size was 3.52.

In the town the population was spread out with 33.8% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 22.1% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 101.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,958, and the median income for a family was $37,083. Males had a median income of $25,208 versus $21,563 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,352. About 8.8% of families and 13.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.2% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Seegmiller, Janet Burton, A History of Iron County (1998)