Utah County, Utah

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Utah County, Utah
Map of Utah highlighting Utah County
Location in the state of Utah
Map of the United States highlighting Utah
Utah's location in the U.S.
Founded 1852
Named for The Ute Native Americans
Seat Provo
Largest city Provo
Area
 • Total 2,144 sq mi (5,553 km2)
 • Land 2,003 sq mi (5,188 km2)
 • Water 141 sq mi (365 km2), 6.6%
Population (Est.)
 • (2012) 540,504
 • Density 258.5/sq mi (100/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.utahcounty.gov

Utah County is a county in the US state of Utah. As of the 2010 census, the population was 516,564,[1] making it the second most populous county in Utah. The county seat and largest city is Provo,[2] which is the third-largest city in the state. It was named for the Spanish name (Yuta) for the Ute Indians. The center of population of the state is located within this county, in the city of Lehi.[3]

Utah County is part of the Provo-Orem Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Salt Lake CityOgdenClearfield Combined Statistical Area.

Utah County is one of seven counties in the United States to share the same name as their states (the other six counties are Arkansas County, Hawaii County, Idaho County, Iowa County, New York County, and Oklahoma County).

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,144 square miles (5,550 km2), of which 2,003 square miles (5,190 km2) is land and 141 square miles (370 km2) (6.6%) is water.[4]

Utah Valley lies at the center of the county, lined by the mountains of the Wasatch Range on the east. Utah Lake occupies a large part of the valley. The elevation ranges from 4,487 feet (1,368 m) above sea level at the lake to 11,928 feet (3,636 m) at the peak of Mount Nebo.

Adjacent counties[edit]

A partial view of Utah Valley seen here from outside of Salem

National protected areas[edit]

Government[edit]

The government is an elected county commission made up of three commissioners. Other elected officials include the county sheriff, the county clerk, and the county attorney. As of 2012, the three county commissioners are Gary Anderson, Doug Witney, and Larry Ellertson. Commissioner Ellertson was re-elected in 2012, the other two seats will be decided in 2014.

Utah County's growth was recognized by the state legislature in 2011 by adding one new state Senate seat and two House district seats.[5]

Utah County saw 43 of the state's 100 cases of West Nile virus in 2006. Following two deaths from the disease and requests from residents, the Utah County Health Department hired additional staff for their mosquito abatement program. Despite their efforts, 20% of the mosquito species that carry the virus in the county are infected.[6]

In December 2013, after a federal judge ruled in Kitchen v. Herbert that Utah's voter-approved constitutional ban on same-sex marriage violated the United States Constitution, Utah County Clerk Bryan Thompson was one of several clerks in Utah who refused to provide marriage licenses to same-sex couples. County officials acknowledged the possibility Thompson could be held in contempt of court for not carrying out Judge Robert J. Shelby's court order,[7] and Thompson was reportedly served with a lawsuit the same day.[8]

Infrastructure[edit]

The I-15 CORE project, which has recently been completed, was an expansion project that added multiple lanes on Interstate 15 through most of Utah County. This expanded 24 miles (39 km) of freeway and was scheduled for completion in December 2012, but was finished ahead of schedule and under budget, in November 2012.[9]

Politics[edit]

Utah County has been referred to as "the most Republican county in the most Republican state in the United States."[10] In the 1992 presidential election, George H. W. Bush received the most votes and Bill Clinton was third in votes received. In the 2004 presidential election, 85.99% voted for George W. Bush.[11] In the 2008 U.S. presidential election, the county voted for John McCain by a 58.9% margin over Barack Obama, compared to McCain winning by 28.1% statewide.[12] Eight other Utah counties voted more strongly in favor of McCain.[13] In the 2012 election, Mitt Romney received 88.32% of the vote.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 2,026
1860 8,248 307.1%
1870 12,203 48.0%
1880 17,973 47.3%
1890 23,768 32.2%
1900 32,456 36.6%
1910 37,942 16.9%
1920 40,792 7.5%
1930 49,021 20.2%
1940 57,382 17.1%
1950 81,912 42.7%
1960 106,991 30.6%
1970 137,776 28.8%
1980 218,106 58.3%
1990 263,590 20.9%
2000 368,540 39.8%
2010 516,564 40.2%
Est. 2012 540,504 4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[14]
1790-1960[15] 1900-1990[16]
1990-2000[17] 2010-2012[1]

As of the census[18] of 2010, there were 516,564 people, 140,602 households, and 114,350 families residing in the county. The population density was 259 people per square mile (100/km²). There were 148,350 housing units, at an average density of 74 per square mile (29/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.4% White, 0.5% Black or African American, 0.6% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.4% Asian, 0.8% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 4.6% some other race, and 2.7% from two or more races. 10.8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 140,602 households, out of which 47.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.9% were headed by married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.7% were non-families. 11.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.4% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.57, and the average family size was 3.88.

In the county, the population was spread out with 35.2% under the age of 18, 15.8% from 18 to 24, 28% from 25 to 44, 14.5% from 45 to 64, and 6.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24.6 years. For every 100 females there were 100.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.7 males.

At the 2000 census, the median income for a household in the county was $45,833, and the median income for a family was $50,196. Males had a median income of $37,878 versus $22,656 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,557. About 6.80% of families and 12.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.40% of those under age 18 and 4.80% of those age 65 or over.

The top 5 reported ancestries in Utah County are:[19]

Religion[edit]

88.1% Mormon
10.1% Non Religious
1.8% Other
[20]

Education[edit]

Utah County has three school districts. They are Alpine, Provo, and Nebo.[21]

It also has two universities: Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University.

In popular culture[edit]

Communities[edit]

Utah Valley, Utah County as seen from Traverse Ridge in Lehi
Mount Timpanogos in the Wasatch Range is visible from much of Utah County.

Cities and towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Population and Population Centers by State: 2000". United States Census Bureau. 2000. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ Hesterman, Billy. "Lawmakers say Utah County did well in redistricting process". Daily Herald. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ Page, Jared (September 13, 2006). "Utah County to hire skeeter fighter". Deseret News. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Utah County refuses to issue same-sex marriage licenses". Salt Lake Tribune. December 23, 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ 7:43 PM - 23 Dec 13 tweet by @KSLPaul (Paul Nelson)
  9. ^ "New changes on I-15 in Utah County". Retrieved October 28, 2011. 
  10. ^ Krakauer, Jon (2003). Under the Banner of Heaven. New York: Doubleday. p. 78. 
  11. ^ "Utah County General Election, Official Results". UtahCounty.Gov, the Official Website of Utah County Government (http://www.utahcounty.gov). 2 November 2004. 
  12. ^ "U.S. Election Atlas". United States Presidential Election Results. David Leip. 
  13. ^ "State of Utah County Election Results". NPR. 21 November 2008. [dead link]
  14. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  18. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  19. ^ "Utah County, Utah, Ancestry & Family History". ePodunk Inc. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  20. ^ "Utah County, Utah (UT) Religion Statistics Profile - Provo, Orem, Pleasant Grove, American Fork, Springville". City-data.com. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  21. ^ "UTAH SCHOOL DISTRICTS and CHARTER SCHOOLS" (PDF). Utah State Office of Education. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  22. ^ "Humble Pie (2007): American Fork (original title)". International Movie Database (imdb.com). 
  23. ^ "Latter-day Saint (Mormon) Characters and References in the movie Fletch (1985)". Latter-day Saint Characters in Movies. Films by Latter-day Saint Filmmakers (www.ldsfilm.com/). 9 April 2005. 
  24. ^ "Happy Valley (2008)". Amazon.com. 
  25. ^ (PDF) Giving USA 2003 (Report). AAFRC Trust for Philanthropy (www.afpnet.org). http://www.afpnet.org/files/ContentDocuments/ACF1409.pdf.

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Coordinates: 40°07′N 111°40′W / 40.12°N 111.67°W / 40.12; -111.67