Springdale, Utah

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Springdale, Utah
Town
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Location of Springdale, Utah
Location of Springdale, Utah
Coordinates: 37°11′4″N 112°59′59″W / 37.18444°N 112.99972°W / 37.18444; -112.99972Coordinates: 37°11′4″N 112°59′59″W / 37.18444°N 112.99972°W / 37.18444; -112.99972
Country United States
State Utah
County Washington
Settled 1862
Named for Springs
Area
 • Total 4.6 sq mi (12.0 km2)
 • Land 4.6 sq mi (12.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 3,898 ft (1,188 m)
Population (2012)
 • Total 547
 • Density 115/sq mi (44.1/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes 84767, 84779
Area code(s) 435
FIPS code 49-71840[1]
GNIS feature ID 1432867[2]

Springdale is a town in Washington County, Utah, United States. The population was 529 at the 2010 census. It is located immediately outside the boundaries of Zion National Park, and is oriented around the resulting tourist industry.[3] It was originally settled as a Mormon farming community in 1862. Springdale was named one of the 20 'prettiest towns' in the United States by Forbes Traveler in 2008.[4]

Geography[edit]

Springdale is located at an elevation of 3,900 feet (1,200 m).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.6 square miles (12.0 km²), all of it land.

Climate[edit]

This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Springdale has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[5]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 50
1890 73 46.0%
1900 144 97.3%
1910 186 29.2%
1920 204 9.7%
1930 351 72.1%
1940 454 29.3%
1950 174 −61.7%
1960 248 42.5%
1970 182 −26.6%
1980 258 41.8%
1990 275 6.6%
2000 457 66.2%
2010 529 15.8%
Est. 2012 547 3.4%

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 529 people, 252 households, and 137 families residing in the town. The population density was 115 people per square mile (44.1/km²). There were 327 housing units at an average density of 71.1 per square mile (27.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 90.2% White, 0.9% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 5.7% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.2% of the population.

There were 252 households out of which 15.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.0% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.6% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.67.

In the town the population was spread out with 15.3% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 20 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 35.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.8 years. For every 100 females there were 106.6 males. For every 100 women age 18 and over, there were 106.5 men.

As of 2000, the median income for a household in the town was $41,607, and the median income for a family was $51,500. Males had a median income of $34,063 versus $26,667 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,593. About 8.3% of families and 9.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.0% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over.

Police Department[edit]

The town maintains a three-man police force. In mid-2012, press reports indicated some of these officers may have pocketed fines paid in cash by foreign tourists.[6] In February 2013, the police chief and town manager were charged in the scheme,[7] but those charges were dismissed in June 2013.[8]

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. 
  3. ^ Carlisle, Nate (June 12, 2012). "Audit: Small town Utah cops targeted foreign tourists". The Salt Lake Tribune. The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved Jan 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.forbestraveler.com/best-lists/americas-prettiest-towns-story.html
  5. ^ Climate Summary for Springdale, Utah
  6. ^ Carlisle, Nate (June 12, 2012). "Audit: Small town Utah cops targeted foreign tourists". The Salt Lake Tribune. The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved Jan 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ Springdale police chief, town manager charged over tourist traffic fines, Fox13now staff, 11 February 2013
  8. ^ Whitney, Zach (June 19, 2013). "Charges against Springdale officials dismissed.". Fox13Now.com. Fox 13 News. Retrieved Sep 20, 2013. 

External links[edit]

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