Summit County, Utah
|Summit County, Utah|
Location in the state of Utah
Utah's location in the U.S.
|Named for||The summits of the mountains|
|Largest city||Park City|
|• Total||1,882 sq mi (4,874 km2)|
|• Land||1,871 sq mi (4,846 km2)|
|• Water||11 sq mi (28 km2), 0.58%|
|• Density||19.41/sq mi (7.49/km²)|
Summit County is a county located in the U.S. state of Utah, occupying a rugged and mountainous area. In 2010 its population was 36,324. It is part of the Salt Lake City Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Salt Lake City–Ogden–Clearfield Combined Statistical Area. The county is so named because it includes 39 of the highest mountain peaks in Utah. Its mean elevation is 8,388 feet (2,557 m) above sea level, which is the second-highest of any county outside of Colorado. Its county seat is Coalville and the largest city is Park City. Owing to its proximity to Salt Lake City, Park City has acquired a reputation as an upscale getaway, bringing new development to the area.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,882 square miles (4,870 km2), of which 1,871 square miles (4,850 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (0.58%) is water.
- Rich County, Utah - (north)
- Morgan County, Utah - (northwest)
- Salt Lake County, Utah - (westside)
- Wasatch County, Utah - (south)
- Duchesne County, Utah - (south)
- Daggett County, Utah - (east)
- Sweetwater County, Wyoming - (northeast)
- Uinta County, Wyoming - (north)
National protected areas
|Source: US Census Bureau|
As of the census 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 (Mormons) make up the largest group at 36.8% (compared with some 66% statewide), followed by Roman Catholics at 10.6%.
|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||39.0% 3,881||59.7% 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. The margins of victory for Republicans has become much more narrow, and many Democrats in recent years have even won a plurality or a majority of the votes. Although George W. Bush narrowly won Summit County in 2000 and 2004, it was his worst performance in the state. In the 2006 Senate race for example, 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, with McCain carrying the Beehive State by 28.1% over Obama. However, in the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney defeated Democrat Barack Obama 51% to 46%.
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. -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. It was also one of three Utah counties to vote for Democrat Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election. It also has the second smallest proportion of Mormons of any county in Utah after Grand County.
- Mean County Elevation Lists
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- U.S. Election Atlas
- Summit County Democrats
- "NPR and NewsHour 2008 Election Results". Retrieved 2008-11-30.
- Records: Percentage of Mormons in Utah declines
- Winters, Rosemary (2010-06-17), "Summit County bans anti-gay discrimination", Salt Lake Tribune, retrieved 2010-06-18
||Morgan County||Rich County, Uinta County||Sweetwater County|
|Salt Lake County||Daggett County|
|Wasatch County, Duchesne County|