Grand County, Utah

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Grand County, Utah
GrandCountyUTCourthouse.jpg
Grand County Courthouse, June 2014
Seal of Grand County, Utah
Seal
Map of Utah highlighting Grand County
Location in the U.S. state of Utah
Map of the United States highlighting Utah
Utah's location in the U.S.
38°59′N 109°34′W / 38.99°N 109.56°W / 38.99; -109.56Coordinates: 38°59′N 109°34′W / 38.99°N 109.56°W / 38.99; -109.56
Founded 1890
Named for The Colorado River (then the "Grand River")
Seat Moab
Largest city Moab
Area
 • Total 3,684 sq mi (9,542 km2)
 • Land 3,672 sq mi (9,510 km2)
 • Water 12 sq mi (31 km2), 0.3%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 9,516
 • Density 2.5/sq mi (1/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.grandcountyutah.net

Grand County is a county located on the east central edge of Utah, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,225.[1] Its county seat and largest city is Moab.[2] The county was named for the Colorado River, which at the time of statehood was known as the Grand River. It is west from the Colorado state line.


Delicate Arch, one of the most famous arches in Arches National Park

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,684 square miles (9,540 km2), of which 3,672 square miles (9,510 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (0.3%) is water.[3] The Green River forms the western boundary and Colorado lies on the eastern boundary. The Colorado River flows through the southeast corner. Deserts, cliffs and plateaus make up the scenery, with few settlements apart from the city of Moab, a Colorado River oasis. Arches National Park lies in the southern part of the county, just north of Moab. Also, the northernmost extension of Canyonlands National Park lies in the southwest corner of the county.

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 541
1900 1,149 112.4%
1910 1,595 38.8%
1920 1,808 13.4%
1930 1,813 0.3%
1940 2,070 14.2%
1950 1,903 −8.1%
1960 6,345 233.4%
1970 6,688 5.4%
1980 8,241 23.2%
1990 6,620 −19.7%
2000 8,485 28.2%
2010 9,225 8.7%
Est. 2016 9,579 [4] 3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790–1960[6] 1900–1990[7]
1990–2000[8] 2010–2014[1]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 8,485 people, 3,434 households, and 2,170 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 4,062 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.65% White, 0.25% Black or African American, 3.85% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.66% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. 5.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,434 households out of which 29.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.60% were married couples living together, 10.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.80% were non-families. 29.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.90% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,387, and the median income for a family was $39,095. Males had a median income of $31,000 versus $21,769 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,356. About 10.90% of families and 14.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.20% of those under age 18 and 8.40% of those age 65 or over.

Grand County has been described as the Utah county with the lowest percentage of LDS Church members in the state. Utah's population overall is about 62% Mormon, while Grand County is about 26% Mormon.[10]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 42.9% 1,975 42.6% 1,960 14.5% 666
2012 50.5% 1,996 43.7% 1,727 5.8% 227
2008 45.7% 1,871 50.4% 2,067 3.9% 161
2004 51.1% 2,130 44.6% 1,858 4.3% 177
2000 50.4% 1,822 32.0% 1,158 17.5% 634
1996 42.6% 1,384 36.9% 1,199 20.6% 668
1992 32.9% 1,100 34.7% 1,160 32.4% 1,082
1988 58.3% 1,895 39.6% 1,287 2.0% 66
1984 73.2% 2,463 26.0% 876 0.8% 28
1980 70.4% 2,362 21.0% 703 8.6% 289
1976 62.4% 1,781 32.6% 931 5.0% 143
1972 72.2% 1,837 22.0% 560 5.9% 149
1968 60.9% 1,435 30.0% 707 9.1% 215
1964 49.7% 1,130 50.3% 1,145
1960 58.4% 1,130 41.6% 805
1956 76.1% 1,044 23.9% 328
1952 72.3% 675 27.7% 259
1948 50.5% 418 48.4% 400 1.1% 9
1944 52.6% 428 46.7% 380 0.6% 5
1940 49.0% 432 50.6% 446 0.3% 3
1936 33.6% 272 64.4% 521 2.0% 16
1932 34.5% 278 62.9% 506 2.6% 21
1928 52.6% 347 47.0% 310 0.5% 3
1924 47.9% 278 41.9% 243 10.2% 59
1920 51.2% 306 46.5% 278 2.3% 14
1916 39.5% 213 56.8% 306 3.7% 20
1912 33.8% 191 37.5% 212 28.8% 163
1908 48.7% 232 45.2% 215 6.1% 29
1904 57.2% 262 36.0% 165 6.8% 31
1900 46.1% 178 52.9% 204 1.0% 4
1896 9.6% 28 90.4% 264

While most of Utah is deeply Republican, Grand County has become a swing county in recent years due to many environmentalists and back-to-the-land types moving into the county. Although Bill Clinton won Grand County in 1992, the county voted for Bob Dole in 1996. In 2000 and 2004 Grand County voted for George W. Bush while supporting the Democratic gubernatorial candidates. In 2008 it was one of three counties in Utah that backed Barack Obama over John McCain. Donald Trump proved victorious in the county but by only 15 votes over Hillary Clinton.

Moab has a significant environmentalist population due to nearby Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park.[12]

Sagebrush Rebellion[edit]

Sagebrush Rebellion
Grand County residents protest a BLM study area on July 4th, 1980.

Grand County was an epicenter of the Sagebrush Rebellion which took place during the late 1970s and early 1980s, when local residents protested what they saw as overreaching Federal control of Western US land.

One of the first major events in the Rebellion occurred on July 4, 1980. A group of 300 Grand County residents gathered behind a flag-decorated bulldozer, in protest of the inclusion of Mill Creek Canyon as part of a Bureau of Land Management wilderness study area. Despite plowing nearly 200 yards up the canyon, the group never reached the boundary of the study area.

Paleontology[edit]

The Denver Museum of Natural History opened a small Cedar Mountain Formation quarry that has produced diverse dinosaur fossils including theropods and ornithopods of varying states of growth.[13] An adult and juvenile sauropod were also recovered from the quarry.[13] The adult was designated the type specimen of the genus Venenosaurus.[13]

Communities[edit]

Map of Grand County communities

City[edit]

  • Moab (county seat)

Town[edit]

Unincorporated places[edit]

Ghost towns[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 10, 2011. 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. 
  10. ^ Corine Gotti. "The Mormon Gender Gap Widens" Beliefnet.com, accessed 2017-10-28
  11. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  12. ^ "First U.S. Tar Sands Mine Could Open in Utah". Reuters. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  13. ^ a b c Tidwell, V., Carpenter, K. & Meyer, S. 2001. New Titanosauriform (Sauropoda) from the Poison Strip Member of the Cedar Mountain Formation (Lower Cretaceous), Utah. In: Mesozoic Vertebrate Life. D. H. Tanke & K. Carpenter (eds.). Indiana University Press, Eds. D.H. Tanke & K. Carpenter. Indiana University Press. 139-165.

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