Summit County, Utah

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Summit County, Utah
Summit County Courthouse Coalville Utah.jpeg
Summit County Courthouse in Coalville
Map of Utah highlighting Summit County
Location in the state of Utah
Map of the United States highlighting Utah
Utah's location in the U.S.
Founded 1854
Named for The summits of the mountains
Seat Coalville
Largest city Park City
Area
 • Total 1,882 sq mi (4,874 km2)
 • Land 1,872 sq mi (4,848 km2)
 • Water 10 sq mi (26 km2), 0.5%
Population
 • (2010) 36,324
 • Density 19.41/sq mi (7/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.co.summit.ut.us

Summit County is a county located in the U.S. state of Utah, occupying a rugged and mountainous area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,324.[1] Its county seat is Coalville,[2] and the largest city is Park City. The county is so named because it includes 39 of the highest mountain peaks in Utah.

The county's mean elevation is 8,388 feet (2,557 m) above sea level, which is the second-highest of any county outside of Colorado.[3] Owing to its proximity to Salt Lake City, Park City has acquired a reputation as an upscale getaway, bringing new development to the area.

Summit County comprises the Summit Park, UT Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Salt Lake City-Provo-Orem, UT Combined Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,882 square miles (4,870 km2), of which 1,872 square miles (4,850 km2) is land and 10 square miles (26 km2) (0.5%) is water.[4]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 198
1870 2,512 1,168.7%
1880 4,921 95.9%
1890 7,733 57.1%
1900 9,439 22.1%
1910 8,200 −13.1%
1920 7,862 −4.1%
1930 9,527 21.2%
1940 8,714 −8.5%
1950 6,745 −22.6%
1960 5,673 −15.9%
1970 5,879 3.6%
1980 10,198 73.5%
1990 15,518 52.2%
2000 29,736 91.6%
2010 36,324 22.2%
Est. 2012 38,003 4.6%
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 29,736 people, 10,332 households, and 7,501 families residing in the county. The population density was 16 people per square mile (6.2/km2). There were 17,489 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (3.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 91.80% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.96% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 5.43% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. 8.09% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,332 households out of which 40.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.50% were married couples living together, 6.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.40% were non-families. 18.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.30.

The median income for a household in the county was $64,962, and the median income for a family was $72,510. Males had a median income of $47,236 versus $28,621 for females. The per capita income for the county was $33,767. Only 42.9% are natives of Utah. 5.40% of the population and 3.00% of families were below the poverty line.

According to a 2000 survey by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies, Summit County is much more diverse in religious belief than Utah as a whole. Fully two in five people (44.2%) of the population claim no religion at all while among those that do, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) make up the largest group at 36.8% (compared with some 66% statewide), followed by Roman Catholics at 10.6%.

Politics[edit]

Summit County vote
by party in presidential elections
Year GOP DEM Others
2012 50.5% 8,884 45.8% 8,072 2.9% 496
2008 41.2% 6,956 56.3% 9,532 2.5% 432
2004 51.8% 7,936 45.5% 6,977 2.7% 399
2000 50.8% 6,168 37.9% 4,601 11.3% 1,352
1996 41.5% 3,867 44.8% 4,177 13.7% 1,275
1992 34.7% 3,133 32.1% 3,013 37.2% 3,253
1988 59.7% 3,881 39.0% 2,536 1.3% 86
1984 71.8% 4,093 27.0% 1,539 1.2% 69
1980 65.4% 3,330 23.2% 1,184 1.9% 99
1976 61.5% 2,316 34.1% 1,282 4.4% 165
1972 69.9% 2,209 26.5% 836 3.6% 113
1968 62.4% 1,782 33.6% 961 4.0% 114
1964 47.1% 1,335 52.9% 1,497 0.0% 0

Summit County has traditionally been a Republican stronghold. In recent years, however, it has become more competitive, and Democrats have at times won a plurality or even a majority of the votes. Although George W. Bush carried the county in 2000 and 2004, his performance there was his worst in the state. In a 2006 U.S. Senate race, Summit County was the only county carried by Democrat Pete Ashdown even as the Republican incumbent Orrin Hatch carried the state as a whole by a 2 to 1 margin. Likewise, in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, Barack Obama carried the county by a 15.3% margin over John McCain, while McCain carried Utah by 28.1% over Obama.[10] However, in the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney defeated Obama in the county, 51% to 46%.[11]

On the county level, most of the elected offices are held by Democrats; including four of the five seats on the newly created Summit County Council.[12] -John Hanrahan, D; Claudia McMullin, D; Sally Elliott, D; Chris Robinson, D; David Ure, R

Summit County was one of only two counties (along with Grand County) to vote against Utah's same-sex marriage ban in 2004. In June 2010, Summit County became the sixth local government of Utah to prohibit discrimination in employment or housing based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.[13]

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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. ^ Mean County Elevation Lists
  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. ^ U.S. Election Atlas
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ Summit County Democrats
  13. ^ Winters, Rosemary (2010-06-17), Summit County bans anti-gay discrimination, Salt Lake Tribune, retrieved 2010-06-18 

Coordinates: 40°53′N 110°58′W / 40.88°N 110.97°W / 40.88; -110.97