Heber City, Utah

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Heber City, Utah
Heber Valley looking southwest toward Deer Creek Reservoir
Heber Valley looking southwest toward Deer Creek Reservoir
Location within Wasatch County and the State of Utah
Location within Wasatch County and the State of Utah
Coordinates: 40°30′24″N 111°24′44″W / 40.50667°N 111.41222°W / 40.50667; -111.41222Coordinates: 40°30′24″N 111°24′44″W / 40.50667°N 111.41222°W / 40.50667; -111.41222
CountryUnited States
StateUtah
CountyWasatch
Settled1859
Named forHeber C. Kimball[1]
Area
 • Total8.99 sq mi (23.29 km2)
 • Land8.99 sq mi (23.29 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
5,604 ft (1,708 m)
Population
 • Total16,856
 • Estimate 
(2019)[4]
17,082
 • Density1,899.27/sq mi (733.33/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
84032
Area code435
FIPS code49-34200[5]
GNIS feature ID1455878[6]
Websiteheberut.gov

Heber City is a city and county seat of Wasatch County, Utah, United States. The population was 11,362 at the time of the 2010 census. It is located 43 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.

History[edit]

Heber City was first settled in 1859 by Robert Broadhead, James Davis, and James Gurr. John W. Witt built the first house in the area. The area was under the direction of Bishop Silas Smith, who was in Provo. In 1860 Joseph S. Murdock became the bishop over the Latter-day Saints in Heber City and vicinity.[7]

On May 5, 1899, the Wasatch Wave published this on the 40-year anniversary of Heber, "Forty years ago this week [April 30, 1859], this valley was first settled by a company of enterprising citizens from Provo. This company consisted of John Crook, James Carlile, Jessie Bond, Henry Chatwin, Charles N. Carroll, Thomas Rasband, John Jordan, John Carlile, Wm Giles and Mr. Carpenter, the last five named persons having since died. Forty years ago today, John Crook and Thomas Rasband commenced their first plowing in the beautiful little valley of the Timpanogos. A wonderful change has taken place of the appearance of the valley since that time. Delightful meadows and fields of waving grain have taken the place of sage brush and willows. Beautiful homes have erected where then was heard only the dismal howl of the coyote." [8]

Geography[edit]

Heber City is located at 40°30′24″N 111°24′44″W / 40.506793°N 111.412292°W / 40.506793; -111.412292 (40.506793, -111.412292),[9] at an elevation of 5595 feet. The region in which Heber City is located is known as the Wasatch Back.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.5 square miles (8.9 km2), all land.

Heber City is located near three large reservoirs, Jordanelle, Deer Creek, and Strawberry.

Climate[edit]

Large seasonal temperature differences typify this climatic region, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Heber City has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[10]

The data in the chart below are from the period 1893 - 2013 (Western Regional Climate Center).[11]

Climate data for Heber, Utah, 1991–2020 normals, extremes 1893–2013
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 60
(16)
68
(20)
79
(26)
86
(30)
92
(33)
100
(38)
105
(41)
102
(39)
99
(37)
88
(31)
78
(26)
68
(20)
105
(41)
Mean maximum °F (°C) 50.1
(10.1)
54.2
(12.3)
66.9
(19.4)
76.1
(24.5)
83.9
(28.8)
91.6
(33.1)
95.9
(35.5)
94.2
(34.6)
89.0
(31.7)
80.0
(26.7)
66.1
(18.9)
52.0
(11.1)
96.4
(35.8)
Average high °F (°C) 36.5
(2.5)
41.3
(5.2)
52.7
(11.5)
61.4
(16.3)
71.2
(21.8)
81.6
(27.6)
89.5
(31.9)
87.5
(30.8)
78.6
(25.9)
65.5
(18.6)
49.6
(9.8)
37.0
(2.8)
62.7
(17.1)
Daily mean °F (°C) 24.5
(−4.2)
28.5
(−1.9)
38.2
(3.4)
45.6
(7.6)
53.7
(12.1)
61.9
(16.6)
69.5
(20.8)
68.0
(20.0)
59.3
(15.2)
48.1
(8.9)
35.7
(2.1)
25.6
(−3.6)
46.6
(8.1)
Average low °F (°C) 12.5
(−10.8)
15.8
(−9.0)
23.8
(−4.6)
29.9
(−1.2)
36.2
(2.3)
42.1
(5.6)
49.6
(9.8)
48.5
(9.2)
40.1
(4.5)
30.7
(−0.7)
21.8
(−5.7)
14.1
(−9.9)
30.4
(−0.9)
Mean minimum °F (°C) −7.4
(−21.9)
−4.8
(−20.4)
10.1
(−12.2)
18.7
(−7.4)
26.0
(−3.3)
32.9
(0.5)
40.6
(4.8)
39.2
(4.0)
28.3
(−2.1)
19.8
(−6.8)
5.3
(−14.8)
−5.4
(−20.8)
−13.9
(−25.5)
Record low °F (°C) −35
(−37)
−38
(−39)
−17
(−27)
0
(−18)
15
(−9)
25
(−4)
27
(−3)
24
(−4)
12
(−11)
6
(−14)
−23
(−31)
−36
(−38)
−38
(−39)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.86
(47)
1.72
(44)
1.17
(30)
1.39
(35)
1.40
(36)
0.87
(22)
0.53
(13)
0.84
(21)
1.24
(31)
1.30
(33)
1.13
(29)
1.62
(41)
15.07
(382)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 21.5
(55)
13.9
(35)
6.7
(17)
4.0
(10)
0.8
(2.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
1.7
(4.3)
8.6
(22)
17.8
(45)
75.0
(191)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 9.3 8.2 7.9 8.7 8.4 5.9 4.8 6.2 6.2 7.2 7.3 8.1 88.2
Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 7.0 6.0 3.7 2.1 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 .0 0.9 3.5 5.6 29.1
Source 1: NOAA [12]
Source 2: National Weather Service (mean maxima and minima 1981-2010)[13](September record high)[14]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870658
18801,29196.2%
18901,53819.1%
19001,72512.2%
19102,21428.3%
19202,071−6.5%
19302,47719.6%
19402,74810.9%
19502,9366.8%
19602,9360.0%
19703,24510.5%
19804,36234.4%
19904,7829.6%
20007,29152.5%
201011,36255.8%
2019 (est.)17,082[4]50.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[15]

As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 11,362 people and 3,637 households residing in the city. The population density was 2,113.5 people per square mile (816/km2). There were 3,637 housing units at an average density of 710.5 per square mile (274.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.7% White, 0.4% African American, 0.8% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.4% of the population.

There were 3,362 households, out of which 50.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.6% were non-families. Of all households, 15.9% were individuals, and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years or older. The average household size was 3.35, and the average family size was 3.78. The median age was 28.5 years.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,394, and the median income for a family was $47,481. Males had a median income of $33,816 versus $21,524 for females. The per capita income was $17,358. About 4.8% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.7% of those under age 18 and 1.9% of those age 65 or older.

Economy[edit]

Heber City has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Utah. Local developers and business leaders cite that there are not enough jobs in the city itself (as 27% of residents commute to Park City or Salt Lake City for work) and wish to improve the city's self-reliance. Average home prices in the valley doubled from 2002–2008, and the population has grown by 25% in that same time period.[16]

Tourism is a year-round industry in the Heber Valley. The winter season features cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling on several trails and the nearby ski resorts of Park City. In the summer and fall, golfing, off-roading, hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreational activities are abundant. Heber is also home to the Heber Valley Historic Railroad (HVRR), which was known as the Heber Creeper before 1989.

Heber City's youth are employed largely in the surrounding golf courses, restaurants, and specialty shops in Heber City and the surrounding area. Local contractors and farmers are also a major source of employment for the youth. The adult population work mostly in Park City, Salt Lake City, Provo, and Orem. Skiing and Snowboarding are very popular among Heber City's youth, and many people go to Park City mountain resort, Canyons, or Deer Valley, all of which are in Park City. Farming and ranching are a large economic force, but this has diminished slightly. The largest local employer is the Wasatch County School District.

Education[edit]

Within the city limits are Heber Valley, Old Mill, Daniels Canyon, and J.R. Smith Elementary Schools, Timpanogos Middle School, Rocky Mountain Middle School, Wasatch High School, and Wasatch Alternative High School. An additional school in the Heber Valley is Midway Elementary School. All of these schools are part of the Wasatch County School District.

Utah Valley University maintains a satellite campus just north of Heber City along the US-40 corridor.

Transportation[edit]

U.S. Route 40 and U.S. Route 189 both cross the city. Interstate 80 is located approximately eighteen miles north of the city and can be accessed via Highway 40, while Interstate 15 can be accessed via Highway 189 through Provo Canyon and is approximately twenty-five miles away. A typical drive to downtown Salt Lake City is 45 to 60 minutes.[17]

Heber City was connected to Provo by a 32-mile-long (51 km) railroad line. The line, completed in 1899, was used by Denver & Rio Grande Western until 1967. Today, a portion of the line is used by the famous Heber Valley Railroad, a heritage railroad open to the public.

The Heber City Municipal Airport, or Russ McDonald Field, FAA identifier HCR, is located two miles south of the city, near the junction of U.S. Route 40 and U.S. Route 189, and is capable of handling aircraft up to large corporate jets, including Gulfstreams and Global Express. Approximately 85 aircraft are based at the airport. The airport is served by a GPS instrument approach procedure, allowing aircraft to arrive at the airport in adverse weather. During the winter ski season, and particularly the Sundance Film Festival, the airport is crowded with corporate jets as it is the closest airport to Park City. The airport is also home to the Heber Valley Airshow, held each summer. The nearest airport with commercial airline service is Salt Lake City International Airport.

Publicly funded transportation is being discussed but has not yet reached the implementation stage.[18][19] Currently the only form of public transportation are two round-trips operated by Salt Lake Express on its Vernal - Salt Lake City route.[20]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Van Atta, Dale (Jan 22, 1977). "You name it - there's a town for it". Deseret News. pp. W6. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ Jenson, Andrew, Encyclopedic History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Salt Lake City:Deseret News Press, 1941) p. 328
  8. ^ "Wasatch Wave | 1899-05-05 | Forty Years Ago".
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ Climate Summary for Heber City, Utah
  11. ^ "HEBER, UTAH - Climate Summary". wrcc.dri.edu. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  12. ^ "U.S. Climate Normals Quick Access". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved on September 5, 2022.
  13. ^ "NOAA Online Weather Data". National Weather Service. Retrieved on September 5, 2022
  14. ^ "Extreme Temperatures Around the World Twitter". Retrieved September 5, 2022.
  15. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved October 17, 2014.
  16. ^ Deseret News - 'Wasatch Back' growing fast. September 9, 2008.
  17. ^ UT-52 and US-189, Utah Valley to Heber Valley: Environmental Impact Statement. 1979.
  18. ^ "Officials Say Wasatch County Transit Expansion is Needed, but It'll Have to Wait". 24 July 2020.
  19. ^ "Wasatch Transit Study Data Shows Commute Feasibility". 4 February 2020.
  20. ^ https://webstore.saltlakeexpress.com/

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