Daggett County, Utah

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Daggett County, Utah
Daggett County Courthouse, Manila, Utah.jpg
Daggett County Courthouse, Manila
Map of Utah highlighting Daggett County
Location in the U.S. state of Utah
Map of the United States highlighting Utah
Utah's location in the U.S.
Founded 1918
Named for Ellsworth Daggett
Seat Manila
Largest town Manila
 • Total 721 sq mi (1,867 km2)
 • Land 697 sq mi (1,805 km2)
 • Water 24 sq mi (62 km2), 3.3%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 1,109
 • Density 1.5/sq mi (1/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.daggettcounty.org

Daggett County is a county located in the northeastern corner of the U.S. state of Utah. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,059,[1] making it the least populous county in Utah. Its county seat and only municipality is Manila.[2] The county was named for Ellsworth Daggett, the first surveyor-general of Utah. There is one other small community, Dutch John, which became an incorporated town in January 2016. It is in the corner of the Colorado-Wyoming state line.


Daggett County was formed in 1918. It received its name from Ellsworth Daggett, the first surveyor.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 721 square miles (1,870 km2), of which 697 square miles (1,810 km2) is land and 24 square miles (62 km2) (3.3%) is water.[3] It is the fourth-smallest county in Utah by area. Over 90% of the land of Daggett County is under federal ownership.

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 400
1930 411 2.8%
1940 564 37.2%
1950 364 −35.5%
1960 1,164 219.8%
1970 666 −42.8%
1980 769 15.5%
1990 690 −10.3%
2000 921 33.5%
2010 1,059 15.0%
Est. 2016 1,095 [4] 3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790–1960[6] 1900–1990[7]
1990–2000[8] 2010–2014[1]

As of the census[9] of 2010, there were 1,059 people, 426 households, and 287 families residing in the county. The population density was 1.52 people per square mile (0.59/km²). There were 1,141 housing units at an average density of 1.63 per square mile (0.63/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.94% White, 0.38% Black or African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 1.42% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. 3.12% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 426 households out of which 25.12% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.37% were married couples living together, 4.93% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.63% were non-families. 29.11% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.62% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.61% under the age of 20, 3.78% from 20 to 24, 24.93% from 25 to 44, 28.71% from 45 to 64, and 18.98% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.8 years. For every 100 females there were 129.22 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 135.17 males.


Daggett County is governed by three commissioners, an auditor/recorder, a clerk/treasurer, an assessor and a sheriff, all elected for four-year terms in partisan elections. Judges stand for non-partisan retention election every four years. Current officeholders and the year his/her current term began:

  • Commissioner A: Clyde Slaugh (R) 2016 (chairman)
  • Commissioner B: Karen Perry(R) 2013
  • Commissioner C: Jack Lytle (R) 2016
  • Auditor/Recorder: Keri Pallesen(R) 2011
  • Clerk/Treasurer: Shelia Williams(R) 2016
  • Assessor: Lesa Asay(R) 2011
  • Sheriff: Eric L. Bailey(R) appointed May 2017
  • Justice Court Judge (Manila): Judge Charlene Hartmann (appointed 2007)
  • Justice Court Judge (Dutch John): Judge Anne Steen (appointed 2007) This position was eliminated by the county commission in early 2014.

Commerce and transportation[edit]

The few commercial establishments in Daggett County exist to service visitors to the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. Throughout the county there is one small general store, several gas stations, five cafes or restaurants, five inns/motels, and a few miscellaneous businesses that offer raft rentals. There are also businesses that offer guided fishing trips on the Flaming Gorge Reservoir and the Green River. The economy is primarily related to recreation, management of government land, and ranching. There are no railroads within Daggett County. Main highways include U.S. Route 191, State Route 43, and State Route 44.


Map of Daggett County communities


Census-designated place[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

Coordinates: 40°53′N 109°31′W / 40.89°N 109.51°W / 40.89; -109.51