Washington County, Utah
|Washington County, Utah|
Location in the state of Utah
Utah's location in the U.S.
|Named for||George Washington|
|Largest city||St. George|
|• Total||2,430 sq mi (6,293 km2)|
|• Land||2,427 sq mi (6,285 km2)|
|• Water||3 sq mi (8 km2), 0.13%|
|• Density||57/sq mi (22/km²)|
Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Utah. Washington County is included in the St. George, Utah, Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2000, the county's population was 90,354, and by 2010 the U.S. Census Bureau reported it to be 138,115. Its county seat and largest city is St. George, Utah. The county was named for the first President of the United States, George Washington. Washington County experienced the fifth highest job-growth rate in the United States at one point.
Established as colonies to grow cotton, before the beginning of the American Civil War, Utah's Dixie as the early settlements in Washington County were known, St. George, Grafton, Duncans Retreat, Adventure, and Northrop were nearly destroyed by the Great Flood of 1862 that followed forty-four days of rainfall in January and February 1862. Springdale and Rockville were founded in 1862 by settlers flooded out of Adventure, Northup and other places in the vicinity.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,430 square miles (6,300 km2), of which 2,427 square miles (6,290 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2) (0.13%) is water. The elevation varies from 2,178 to 10,194 feet (3,107 m) in elevation. The lowest point in the state of Utah is located in the Beaver Dam Wash in Washington County, where it (seasonally) flows out of Utah and into Arizona. Washington County is made up of three major geographic areas; the Colorado Plateau in the east-northeast, the Great Basin in the northwest and the Mojave Desert in the south-southwest.
- Iron County, Utah - (north)
- Kane County, Utah - (east)
- Mohave County, Arizona - (south)
- Lincoln County, Nevada - (west)
National protected areas
- Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area
- Dixie National Forest (part)
- Red Cliffs National Conservation Area
- Zion National Park (part)
There are 18 official wilderness areas in Washington County that are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Most are entities managed by the Bureau of Land Management, but some are integral parts of the above listed protected areas. Two of these extend into neighboring counties (as indicated below). Many of the BLM wildernesses are not much more than small appendages of Zion Wilderness in Zion National Park.
- Beartrap Canyon Wilderness (BLM)
- Beaver Dam Mountains Wilderness (BLM) mostly in Mohave County, AZ
- Blackridge Wilderness (BLM)
- Canaan Mountain Wilderness (BLM)
- Cottonwood Canyon Wilderness (Red Cliffs NCA, managed by BLM)
- Cottonwood Forest Wilderness (Dixie NF)
- Cougar Canyon Wilderness (BLM)
- Deep Creek North Wilderness (BLM)
- Deep Creek Wilderness (BLM)
- Doc's Pass Wilderness (BLM)
- Goose Creek Wilderness (BLM)
- LaVerkin Creek Wilderness (BLM)
- Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness (Dixie NF)
- Red Butte Wilderness (BLM)
- Red Mountain Wilderness (Utah) (Red Cliffs NCA, managed by BLM)
- Slaughter Creek Wilderness (BLM)
- Taylor Creek Wilderness (BLM)
- Zion Wilderness (Zion NP) partly in Iron County, UT
In addition to the primary and secondary schools that compose Washington County School District, Washington County is home to Dixie State University of Utah in St. George with a campus extension in Hurricane.
|Source: US Census Bureau|
As of the census of 2000, there were 90,354 people, 29,939 households, and 23,442 families residing in the county. The population density was 37 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 36,478 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.57% White, 0.21% Black or African American, 1.47% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.42% Pacific Islander, 2.24% from other races, and 1.65% from two or more races. 5.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
In 2005 89.7% of the population was non-Hispanic whites. African Americans now made up 0.4% of the population. Native Americans had fallen slightly to only being 1.4% of the population. Asians were up to 0.6% of the population. Pacific Islanders had risen to being 0.5% of the population. 6.6% of the population was now Latino.
In 2000 there were 29,939 households out of which 37.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.60% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.70% were non-families. 17.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.36.
In the county, the population was spread out with 31.20% under the age of 18, 11.60% from 18 to 24, 22.40% from 25 to 44, 17.80% from 45 to 64, and 17.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $37,212, and the median income for a family was $41,845. Males had a median income of $31,275 versus $20,856 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,873. About 7.70% of families and 11.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.60% of those under age 18 and 4.20% of those age 65 or over.
By 2008 the county population had grown 43% to 137,589.
Cities and towns
- Apple Valley, incorporated in 2004
- Dammeron Valley
- La Verkin
- New Harmony
- Pine Valley
- Pintura (formerly named Bellevue)
- Santa Clara
- St. George
- Duncan's Retreat
- Silver Reef
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- "State & County QuickFacts". U.S. Census Bureau. 2011. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Washington County, Utah.|
- http://www.washco.utah.gov/ Washington County - Official Web Site
- http://www.washk12.org/ Washington County School District
- http://www.washeriff.com/phpweb/index.php Washington County Sheriff's Office
- http://www.stg.coa.washco.utah.gov/ Washington Council on Aging (St. George)
- http://dmv.utah.gov/offices.html#washington DMV offices in Washington County
Community Related Links
- http://www.AtoZion.com/ Visitors & Convention Bureau
- http://www.dixiecenter.com/ The Dixie Center at St. George
- http://www.dixiempo.org/ The Dixie Metropolitan Planning Organization (Dixie MPO)
- http://www.southernutah.com/ SouthernUtah.com
- http://www.stgeorgechamber.com/ St George Area Chamber of Commerce
- http://www.stgeorgechamber.com/EcDev/welcome.htm St. George Economic Development
- http://utahcemeteries.org/index.html?pg=cemeteries Washington County Cemeteries
- http://www.suhba.com/ Southern Utah Home Builders Association
- http://www.washcofair.net/2007/index.php Washington County Fair
- http://www.redrockgolftrail.com/ Golf in St. George
- http://www.redcliffsdesertreserve.com/ RedCliffs Desert Reserve
- http://www.nps.gov/zion/ Zion National Park
- http://www.rosenbruch.org/ Rosenbruch Museum
|Lincoln County||Kane County|