Virgin, Utah

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Virgin, Utah
Virgin Bookshop and Post Office
Virgin Bookshop and Post Office
Location in Washington County and the state of Utah
Location in Washington County and the state of Utah
Coordinates: 37°12′6″N 113°11′23″W / 37.20167°N 113.18972°W / 37.20167; -113.18972Coordinates: 37°12′6″N 113°11′23″W / 37.20167°N 113.18972°W / 37.20167; -113.18972
Country United States
State Utah
County Washington
Settled 1857
Named for Virgin River
Area
 • Total 11.9 sq mi (30.9 km2)
 • Land 11.9 sq mi (30.9 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 3,606 ft (1,099 m)
Population (2012)
 • Total 606
 • Density 50.1/sq mi (19.3/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 84779
Area code(s) 435
FIPS code 49-80530[1]
GNIS feature ID 1433898[2]

Virgin is a town in Washington County, Utah, United States. The population was 596 at the 2010 census. It is located along the Virgin River (for which it is named), not far from Zion National Park. The elevation is 3,606 feet (1,099 m). It lies on the route of State Route 9.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 11.9 square miles (30.9 km²), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 79
1870 224 183.5%
1880 254 13.4%
1890 213 −16.1%
1900 269 26.3%
1910 136 −49.4%
1920 212 55.9%
1930 202 −4.7%
1940 143 −29.2%
1950 147 2.8%
1960 124 −15.6%
1970 119 −4.0%
1980 169 42.0%
1990 229 35.5%
2000 394 72.1%
2010 596 51.3%
Est. 2012 606 1.7%

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 596 people, 202 households, and 139 families residing in the town. The population density was 50.1 people per square mile (19.3/km²). There were 243 housing units at an average density of 20.4 per square mile (7.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.8% White, 2.2% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.4% of the population.

There were 202 households out of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.9% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.2% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the town the population was spread out with 36.8% under the age of 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.6 years. For every 100 females there were 116.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $55,625, and the median income for a family was $50,250. Males had a median income of $40,167 versus $19,783 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,408. About 8.0% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.4% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.

Mandatory gun ownership[edit]

In May 2000, a law was passed which required every homeowner to keep and maintain a firearm. This was highlighted in Michael Moore's 2002 film Bowling for Columbine. Exceptions to this law include "the mentally ill, convicted felons, conscientious objectors and people who cannot afford to own a gun".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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