Leeds, Utah

Coordinates: 37°14′22″N 113°21′39″W / 37.23944°N 113.36083°W / 37.23944; -113.36083
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Leeds, Utah
Leeds Town Hall
Leeds Town Hall
Location in Washington County and the state of Utah
Location in Washington County and the state of Utah
Coordinates: 37°14′22″N 113°21′39″W / 37.23944°N 113.36083°W / 37.23944; -113.36083
CountryUnited States
Named forLeeds, England
 • Total6.29 sq mi (16.30 km2)
 • Land6.29 sq mi (16.30 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
3,481 ft (1,061 m)
 • Total820
 • Estimate 
 • Density138.68/sq mi (53.54/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code435
FIPS code49-44100[3]
GNIS feature ID1442480[4]

Leeds is a town in Washington County, Utah, United States. The population was 820 at the 2010 census.


Formerly known as Bennington, Leeds was formed due to flooding in the neighboring town of Harrisburg. The residents in the flood-affected areas decided to move to this area in 1867. It was renamed in honor of Leeds in England, the origin of many of its settlers.[5][6] In recent years, the city's proximity to the ghost town of Silver Reef, the Pine Valley Mountains, and Zion National Park have changed the local economic base from agriculture to tourism.

On June 17, 2009, Utah police and forest rangers destroyed about 8,750 marijuana plants growing in Washington County. Law enforcement reported Mexican cartels have moved their growing operations to Utah to avoid the U.S.-Mexico border and police pressure in California. There were no arrests made and the marijuana fields were in the Pine Valley Mountains near Leeds. Doug Roe, a special agent with the United States Forest Service, said the plants were young and not ready for harvesting.[7][8]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), all land. The Red Cliffs Desert Reserve borders the town.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Leeds has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" (Tropical and Subtropical Steppe Climate) on climate maps.[9]


Historical population
2019 (est.)873[2]6.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 547 people, 207 households, and 157 families residing in the town. The population density was 267.7 people per square mile (103.5/km2). There were 240 housing units at an average density of 117.4 per square mile (45.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 94.15% White, 0.73% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 1.10% Pacific Islander, 2.01% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.93% of the population.

There were 207 households, out of which 25.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.6% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.7% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 26.0% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 22.1% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 22.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $41,250, and the median income for a family was $42,500. Males had a median income of $34,375 versus $19,688 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,568. About 4.0% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.6% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "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". geonames.usgs.gov. United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ Van Cott, John W. (1990). Utah Place Names. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press. p. 224. ISBN 0-87480-345-4.
  6. ^ Van Atta, Dale (January 22, 1977). "You name it - there's a town for it". The Deseret News. pp. W6. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  7. ^ Carlisle, Nate (June 17, 2009). "Another big pot field found in southern Utah". The Salt Lake Tribune. Salt Lake City: MediaNews Group. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  8. ^ [1] Archived September 4, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Leeds, Utah". weatherbase.com. CantyMedia. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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