Grantsville, Utah

Coordinates: 40°35′45″N 112°27′55″W / 40.59583°N 112.46528°W / 40.59583; -112.46528
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Grantsville, Utah
Grantsville City Office
Grantsville City Office
Location in Tooele County and the state of Utah
Location in Tooele County and the state of Utah
Location of Utah in the United States
Location of Utah in the United States
Coordinates: 40°35′45″N 112°27′55″W / 40.59583°N 112.46528°W / 40.59583; -112.46528
CountryUnited States
Named forGeorge D. Grant
 • Total37.59 sq mi (97.36 km2)
 • Land37.47 sq mi (97.05 km2)
 • Water0.12 sq mi (0.30 km2)
4,304 ft (1,312 m)
 • Total12,617
 • Estimate 
 • Density335.65/sq mi (129.59/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code435
FIPS code49-31120[3]
GNIS feature ID1428338[4]
WebsiteOfficial website

Grantsville is the second most populous city in Tooele County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Salt Lake City, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 12,617 at the 2020 census. The city has grown slowly and steadily throughout most of its existence, but rapid increases in growth occurred during the 1970s, 1990s, and 2010s. Recent rapid growth has been attributed to being close to Salt Lake City, small town community feel, lower housing costs than Salt Lake County, the nearby Deseret Peak recreational center, the Utah Motorsports Campus raceway, and the newly built Wal-Mart distribution center located just outside the city. It is quickly becoming a bedroom community for commuters into the Salt Lake Valley.


The area of Grantsville was originally populated by the Goshute tribe.[5]

Grantsville was originally called "Willow Creek", and has also been called "Twenty Wells" due to the natural wells that give fresh water to the area. Grantsville was settled by Mormon pioneers in 1850, with the arrival of the brothers-in-law James McBride and Harrison Severe, with their wives and families.[6][7] The present name, after Col. George D. Grant, a leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was adopted c. 1853.[6] A post office called Grantsville has been in operation since 1864.[8] The Anderson–Clark Farmstead has outbuildings dating back from 1880, and was first owned by the pioneer James McBride.


Grantsville is bordered on the south by South Mountain, which separates Rush Valley from Tooele Valley. To the north is Stansbury Island, and on the east are the Oquirrh Mountains and the Great Salt Lake, and on the west side the Stansbury Mountains. SR-138 passes through the city, heading northwest to intersect with I-80 and east to Stansbury Park.

The climate is hot during the summer and cold and snowy during the winter. Although Grantsville can be affected by lake-effect snow from the Great Salt Lake, most of the time, it is too far southwest.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.34 square miles (50.1 km2), of which 19.2 square miles (50 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.22%) is water.


Historical population
Source: U.S. Census Bureau[9]

As of the 2020 census, there were 12,617 people, and 3,855 households in the city. The population density was 335.65 people per square mile (129.59/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.2% White, 0.2% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 2.1% some other race, and 5.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.3% of the population.

Recorded in the 2020 census:[3] There were 3,855 household units, out of which 68.8% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a male householder with no spouse present, and 14.4% had a female householder with no spouse. 7.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average family size was 3.69. The median age was 27.9 years. 8.1% of the population was 65 years and older. 6.8% of the population was veterans.

The median income for a household in the city was $84,293. 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line.

24.9% of the population has a Bachelor's Degree or higher. The School Enrolled Population Enrolled in Kindergarten to 12th Grade is 79.0%.

Employment: 72.8% of employees are private company workers, 16.8% government workers, 5.9% private not-for-profit workers, 3.4% self-employed in not owned business, and 1.1% self-employed in own business.


Grantsville is in the Tooele County School District and has three elementary schools (Grantsville, Twenty Wells, and Willow), Grantsville Junior High School, and Grantsville High School. There are also a few preschools.

Due to a fire on July 13, 2009, Grantsville Elementary School was forced to close until a new elementary school was built.[10] The new school opened for the 2011–2012 school year.


The Old Folks Sociable is the traditional social event of the year. The Old Folks Sociable idea started in 1875 when professional photographer Charles Savage and LDS Church Presiding Bishop Edward Hunter inaugurated "Old Folks Day" to honor fathers and mothers. The first Old Folks Sociable held in Grantsville was on January 6, 1884. This annual event is believed to have been canceled only twice in its 125-year history.[11]

The Old Folks Sociable honors all residents and former residents who are 75 years older. Grantsville High School, home to the Old Folks Sociable, becomes a gathering place for high school class reunions and family reunions. The Sociable is also a celebration of Grantsville's heritage. For residents and former residents, it is a walk down memory lane. Events include a 5K run, a car show, a program, a reception for honored guests, a dinner, and a dance. All residents and former (eighteen years and older) are invited to attend. The Old Folks Sociable is held each year during the month of March.[12]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ Dennis R. Defa. "Goshute Indians". Utah History Encyclopedia.
  6. ^ a b The Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine, Volumes 9-10. 1918. p. 184.
  7. ^ "Grantsville History". Grantsville Official Site. citing "The Founding and Development of Grantsville, Utah, 1850-1950", a Theses and Dissertation by Alma A. Gardiner in 1959
  8. ^ "Post Offices". Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved December 22, 2022.
  10. ^ Gillie, Tim (July 21, 2009). "After-fire plan set for Grantsville Elementary School students". Tooele Transcript Bulletin. Utah. Retrieved September 16, 2009.
  11. ^ "Town Tradition Bridges Old and New," Deseret News, March 17, 2009.
  12. ^ "Glimpses of Grantsville," Tooele Transcript Bulletin (Utah), March 27, 2008.

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