Fort Duchesne, Utah

Coordinates: 40°17′36″N 109°51′48″W / 40.29333°N 109.86333°W / 40.29333; -109.86333
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Fort Duchesne, Utah
Location in Uintah County and the state of Utah
Location in Uintah County and the state of Utah
Coordinates: 40°17′36″N 109°51′48″W / 40.29333°N 109.86333°W / 40.29333; -109.86333
CountryUnited States
StateUtah
CountyUintah
Area
 • Total7.7 sq mi (19.8 km2)
 • Land7.0 sq mi (18.2 km2)
 • Water0.6 sq mi (1.7 km2)
Elevation
4,990 ft (1,521 m)
Population
 (2000)
 • Total621
 • Density88.5/sq mi (34.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
84026
Area code435
FIPS code49-26610[1]
GNIS feature ID1428039[2]

Fort Duchesne /dˈʃn/ is a census-designated place (CDP) in Uintah County, Utah, United States. The population was 714 at the 2010 census, an increase from the 2000 figure of 621.

Fort Duchesne was originally a fort, established by the United States Army in 1886 and closed in 1912. The community developed around it within the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, established in 1864. Several bands of Ute were forced on to the reservation about 1880.

The headquarters of the Ute Indian Tribe are located here. Its reservation includes much of Uintah and nearby counties.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.7 square miles (19.8 km2), of which 7.0 square miles (18.2 km2) is land and 0.6 square mile (1.7 km2) (8.36%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
1990655
2000621−5.2%
201071415.0%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau[3]
Languages (2000) [4] Percent
Spoke English at home 75.82%
Spoke Colorado River Numic at home 19.86%
Spoke Shoshoni at home 2.59%
Spoke Navajo at home 1.73%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 621 people, 165 households, and 138 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 88.5 people per square mile (34.2/km2). There were 183 housing units at an average density of 26.1/sq mi (10.1/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 5.48% White, 90.18% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 4.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.15% of the population.

There were 165 households, out of which 46.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.3% were married couples living together, 43.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.8% were non-families. 13.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 1.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.61 and the average family size was 3.78.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 40.1% under the age of 18, 11.4% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 14.7% from 45 to 64, and 4.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $18,750, and the median income for a family was $14,688. Males had a median income of $30,714 versus $20,750 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $6,466. About 52.1% of families and 54.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 57.4% of those under age 18 and 52.4% of those age 65 or over.

Climate[edit]

Fort Duchesne has one of the largest temperature differences between the summer, where highs commonly reach 90 and above, and winter, where lows commonly reach below 0. As a result, Fort Duchesne has a cold-semi arid climate instead of a subarctic climate despite the frigid winters. Precipitation, although very minimal, can be seen throughout the year with the late summer and early fall months seeing more than any other month of the year.

Climate data for Fort Duchesne, Utah (1991–2020 normals, extremes 1887–1893, 1902–present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 60
(16)
67
(19)
82
(28)
87
(31)
95
(35)
105
(41)
107
(42)
106
(41)
100
(38)
89
(32)
76
(24)
72
(22)
107
(42)
Mean maximum °F (°C) 44.0
(6.7)
52.9
(11.6)
69.1
(20.6)
80.5
(26.9)
87.3
(30.7)
97.3
(36.3)
99.9
(37.7)
98.6
(37.0)
93.4
(34.1)
80.7
(27.1)
63.4
(17.4)
48.6
(9.2)
101.4
(38.6)
Mean daily maximum °F (°C) 28.6
(−1.9)
37.5
(3.1)
53.2
(11.8)
63.2
(17.3)
73.0
(22.8)
84.6
(29.2)
92.0
(33.3)
89.2
(31.8)
79.2
(26.2)
64.4
(18.0)
47.2
(8.4)
31.7
(−0.2)
62.0
(16.7)
Daily mean °F (°C) 16.7
(−8.5)
25.2
(−3.8)
38.8
(3.8)
47.2
(8.4)
56.3
(13.5)
65.9
(18.8)
73.6
(23.1)
71.0
(21.7)
61.8
(16.6)
48.7
(9.3)
34.3
(1.3)
20.6
(−6.3)
46.7
(8.2)
Mean daily minimum °F (°C) 4.7
(−15.2)
12.9
(−10.6)
24.4
(−4.2)
31.1
(−0.5)
39.5
(4.2)
47.2
(8.4)
55.1
(12.8)
52.9
(11.6)
44.4
(6.9)
33.1
(0.6)
21.4
(−5.9)
9.5
(−12.5)
31.3
(−0.4)
Mean minimum °F (°C) −9.0
(−22.8)
−2.2
(−19.0)
10.6
(−11.9)
19.9
(−6.7)
28.1
(−2.2)
37.0
(2.8)
44.6
(7.0)
44.3
(6.8)
33.5
(0.8)
20.1
(−6.6)
9.6
(−12.4)
−7.3
(−21.8)
−12.5
(−24.7)
Record low °F (°C) −40
(−40)
−36
(−38)
−15
(−26)
3
(−16)
17
(−8)
21
(−6)
26
(−3)
30
(−1)
20
(−7)
−1
(−18)
−19
(−28)
−39
(−39)
−40
(−40)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.38
(9.7)
0.44
(11)
0.40
(10)
0.45
(11)
0.63
(16)
0.42
(11)
0.31
(7.9)
0.62
(16)
0.81
(21)
0.86
(22)
0.33
(8.4)
0.36
(9.1)
6.01
(153)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 2.7
(6.9)
2.8
(7.1)
1.2
(3.0)
0.4
(1.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.1
(0.25)
0.2
(0.51)
0.7
(1.8)
3.0
(7.6)
11.1
(28.16)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 4.5 4.4 2.9 3.5 4.3 2.4 3.4 4.6 3.8 4.1 2.8 4.0 44.7
Source: NOAA[5][6]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Danny Lopez, world champion professional boxer and member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Ernie Lopez's brother
  • Ernie Lopez, top ranked professional boxer, Danny Lopez's brother

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
  4. ^ "Data Center Results".
  5. ^ "NOWData – NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved December 9, 2023.
  6. ^ "Summary of Monthly Normals 1991–2020". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved December 9, 2023.

External links[edit]

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