Copperton, Utah

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Copperton, Utah
Metro Township
Location of Copperton, Utah
CountryUnited States
CountySalt Lake
Given Township Status1996 or 1997
Incorporated as a Metro TownshipJanuary, 2017
 • Mayor/Council ChairSean Clayton
 • Total0.31 sq mi (0.81 km2)
 • Land0.31 sq mi (0.81 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
 • Total826
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,676.28/sq mi (1,034.58/km2)
Time zoneMountain (MST)
 • Summer (DST)MDT
FIPS code49-15720

Copperton is a metro township in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States,[3] located at the mouth of Bingham Canyon, approximately 17 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. The metro township boundaries include a smaller area than that of both the former CDP (designated by the U.S. Census) and the former township. Much of the town is included in the Copperton Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)835[2]1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]


Copperton was established in 1926, by the Utah Copper Company as a residential area and "model city" for its employees. It emerged as a "showplace for company-subsidized family life." Construction of housing ended in the 1930s and company furnished housing ended in 1955. After that a private real estate developer managed the homes for employees.[5] A rather large park was also built in the small town.

As of the 2010 Census, Copperton has a population of 826. Copperton is the only mining town remaining for the Bingham Canyon Mine after Lark was torn down in 1980. Currently, only a handful of residents work for the mine. The town's history is directly linked to the mine.

Historic image of Copperton, Utah
The tower for KDYL 1060 AM located near Copperton, Utah.

The 2017 American Community Survey reported the population at 579.

In 2015, the township's residents voted to incorporate and become a metro township.


Climate is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfa" (Humid Subtropical Climate).[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "Copperton, Utah". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ Charles Caldwell Hawley (2014). A Kennecott Story. The University of Utah Press. p. 120.
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Copperton, Utah

External links[edit]

Media related to Copperton, Utah at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 40°33′53″N 112°05′51″W / 40.56472°N 112.09750°W / 40.56472; -112.09750