Midway, Utah

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Midway, Utah
Heber Valley, looking toward Midway
Heber Valley, looking toward Midway
Location in Wasatch County and the state of Utah
Location in Wasatch County and the state of Utah
Coordinates: 40°30′52″N 111°28′38″W / 40.51444°N 111.47722°W / 40.51444; -111.47722Coordinates: 40°30′52″N 111°28′38″W / 40.51444°N 111.47722°W / 40.51444; -111.47722
Country United States
State Utah
County Wasatch
Settled 1859
 • Total 3.3 sq mi (8.7 km2)
 • Land 3.3 sq mi (8.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 5,584 ft (1,702 m)
Population (2012)
 • Total 4,023
 • Density 633.3/sq mi (244.5/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 84049
Area code(s) 435
FIPS code 49-49820[1]
GNIS feature ID 1430310[2]

Midway is a city in Wasatch County, Utah, United States. It is located in the Heber Valley, approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Heber City and 28 miles (45 km) southeast of Salt Lake City, on the opposite side of the Wasatch Mountains. The population was 3,845 at the 2010 census.


A post office called Midway has been in operation since 1864.[3] The town was so named for its central location in an agricultural district.[4]

Swiss Days[edit]

Midway Swiss Days brings thousands of people to the town. The event was started in 1947 through the efforts of Luke's Hot Pots Resort owners, Joseph B. and Pauline S. Erwin. It was originally called Harvest Days. They formed a club known as the "Midway Boosters," which is still active, and whose members promote city improvements and activities. In order to attract larger crowds to Midway, the idea of a Swiss theme was created by Orma W. Wallengren (a.k.a. Clair Peterson) whose family owned and operated the Homestead, replacing the name and theme of Harvest Days with Swiss Days.

Notable facts[edit]

Midway was the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics cross-country and biathlon events, which took place at Soldier Hollow.

The community is also known for the large "hot-pot" or geo-thermal caldera at the Homestead Resort. There is year-round scuba diving in the caldera's 90-95 degree water.

The Homestead is also the site of an 18-hole golf course designed by Bruce Summerhays, Senior PGA Tour Pro.

Midway stood in for the fictional town of Everwood, Colorado, in the closing scenes of the episode, "Foreverwood", the series finale of the TV show, Everwood. Background shots overlooking the town were filmed from Memorial Hill, with the Wasatch Mountain Range in the background.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.7 km²), all of it land. The region in which Midway sits is known as the Wasatch Back.


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, Midway has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[5]


Midway in 2011
Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 378
1880 718 89.9%
1890 769 7.1%
1900 939 22.1%
1910 1,003 6.8%
1920 805 −19.7%
1930 745 −7.5%
1940 801 7.5%
1950 711 −11.2%
1960 713 0.3%
1970 804 12.8%
1980 1,194 48.5%
1990 1,554 30.2%
2000 2,121 36.5%
2010 3,845 81.3%
Est. 2014 4,436 [6] 15.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,121 people, 687 households, and 550 families residing in the city. The population density was 633.3 people per square mile (244.5/km²). There were 1,000 housing units at an average density of 298.6 per square mile (115.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.22% White, 0.05% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.19% Pacific Islander, 0.38% from other races, and 1.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.78% of the population.

There were 687 households out of which 43.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.0% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.9% were non-families. 18.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.53.

In the city the population was spread out with 33.5% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 104.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $51,071, and the median income for a family was $55,809. Males had a median income of $40,870 versus $25,682 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,551. About 3.4% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.4% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.


  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. ^ "Wasatch County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Van Atta, Dale (Jan 22, 1977). "You name it - there's a town for it". The Deseret News. pp. W6. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Climate Summary for Midway, Utah
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

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