Kingston, Utah

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Kingston, Utah
Kingston town office
Kingston town office
Location in Piute County and the state of Utah.
Location in Piute County and the state of Utah.
Coordinates: 38°12′27″N 112°11′12″W / 38.20750°N 112.18667°W / 38.20750; -112.18667Coordinates: 38°12′27″N 112°11′12″W / 38.20750°N 112.18667°W / 38.20750; -112.18667
Country United States
State Utah
County Piute
Settled 1876
Incorporated 1935
Founded by Thomas R. King
 • Total 5.3 sq mi (13.8 km2)
 • Land 5.3 sq mi (13.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 6,017 ft (1,834 m)
Population (2012])
 • Total 169
 • Density 26.7/sq mi (10.3/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 84743
Area code(s) 435
FIPS code 49-41350[1]
GNIS feature ID 1442334[2]

Kingston is a town in Piute County, Utah, in the United States. The population was 142 at the 2000 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.3 square miles (13.8 km²), all of it land.


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Kingston has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[3]


Kingston is named for Thomas Rice King, who moved from Fillmore to Piute County with his five sons and their families specifically to find a place where they could establish a United Order. In the 1870s Brigham Young was encouraging communal living in United Order communities. The King families' United Order functioned from 1876 to 1883. Kingston became an incorporated town in 1935.[4]

The members of the United Order built the village of Kingston on ten acres of land east of Circleville.

"The town consisted of a central community building for school, dances, church and other meetings. A blacksmith shop, milk house, bakery, tailor shop, post office, carpenter shop and store surrounded the meetinghouse. Homes built in like style formed a fort around a ten-acre block. These first log houses had dirt floors and roofs. A communal kitchen and dining hall about seventy feet long stood in the center, with a large vegetable garden close by."[5]

Just east of Kingston the community had their industrial center in which buildings such as a flour mill, tannery, sawmill, and woolen mill were located. Isaac Riddle had previously built a burr mill in the area, however, it could not meet the needs of the people and so they built a gristmill at the mouth of Kingston Canyon. The community also operated a dairy about 20 miles from Kingston near present-day Antimony.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 169
1910 172 1.8%
1920 164 −4.7%
1930 240 46.3%
1940 63 −73.7%
1950 138 119.0%
1960 143 3.6%
1970 114 −20.3%
1980 146 28.1%
1990 134 −8.2%
2000 142 6.0%
2010 173 21.8%
Est. 2015 165 [6] −4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 142 people, 47 households, and 38 families residing in the town. The population density was 26.7 people per square mile (10.3/km²). There were 59 housing units at an average density of 11.1 per square mile (4.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.59% White, 0.70% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.70% of the population.

There were 47 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 80.9% were married couples living together, and 19.1% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.02 and the average family size was 3.50.

In the town, the population was spread out with 29.6% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 108.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $23,750, and the median income for a family was $27,083. Males had a median income of $16,667 versus $16,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,492. There were 22.0% of families and 32.8% of the population living below the poverty line, including 51.4% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Climate Summary for Kingston, Utah
  4. ^ "Kingston Incorporated as a Town". Piute County News. 14 (32). July 26, 1935. p. 4. 
  5. ^ a b Newell, Linda King (1999). A History of Piute County. Brigham Young University, Harold B Lee Library: Utah State Historical Society; Piute County Commission. p. 127. ISBN 0-913738-39-5. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Archived from the original on June 2, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.