Utah County, Utah

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Utah County, Utah
East (closer) at Historic Utah County Courthouse, Jul 15.jpg
Historic Utah County Courthouse
Map of Utah highlighting Utah County
Location in the U.S. state of Utah
Map of the United States highlighting Utah
Utah's location in the U.S.
Founded 1850
Named for Ute Tribe
Seat Provo
Largest city Provo
Area
 • Total 2,144 sq mi (5,553 km2)
 • Land 2,003 sq mi (5,188 km2)
 • Water 141 sq mi (365 km2), 6.6%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 575,205
 • Density 258/sq mi (100/km²)
Congressional districts 3rd, 4th
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.utahcounty.gov

Utah County is a county in the U.S. state of Utah. As of the 2010 census, the population was 516,564,[1] thus making it Utah's second-most populous county. The county seat and largest city is Provo,[2] which is the state's third-largest city. The county was created in 1850[3] and named for the Spanish name (Yuta) for the Ute Indians.

Utah County is part of the Provo-Orem, UT Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Salt Lake City-Provo-Orem, UT Combined Statistical Area.

In 2010, the center of population of Utah was in Utah County, in the city of Saratoga Springs.[4]

Utah County is one of seven counties in the United States to share the same name as the state it is in (the other six counties are Arkansas County, Hawaii County, Idaho County, Iowa County, New York County, and Oklahoma County).[5]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 2,144 square miles (5,550 km2), of which 2,003 square miles (5,190 km2) is land and 141 square miles (370 km2) (6.6%) is water.[6]

Utah Valley lies at the center of the county, lined by the mountains of the Wasatch Range on the east. Utah Lake occupies a large part of the valley. The elevation ranges from 4,487 feet (1,368 m) above sea level at the lake to 11,928 feet (3,636 m) at the peak of Mount Nebo.

Adjacent counties[edit]

A partial view of Utah Valley seen here from outside of Salem

National protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 2,026
1860 8,248 307.1%
1870 12,203 48.0%
1880 17,973 47.3%
1890 23,768 32.2%
1900 32,456 36.6%
1910 37,942 16.9%
1920 40,792 7.5%
1930 49,021 20.2%
1940 57,382 17.1%
1950 81,912 42.7%
1960 106,991 30.6%
1970 137,776 28.8%
1980 218,106 58.3%
1990 263,590 20.9%
2000 368,540 39.8%
2010 516,564 40.2%
Est. 2016 592,299 [7] 14.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790–1960[9] 1900–1990[10]
1990–2000[11] 2010–2014[1]

As of the census[12] of 2010, there were 516,564 people, 140,602 households, and 114,350 families residing in the county. The population density was 259 people per square mile (100/km²). There were 148,350 housing units, at an average density of 74 per square mile (29/km²). The county's racial makeup was 89.4% White, 0.5% Black or African American, 0.6% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.4% Asian, 0.8% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 4.6% some other race, and 2.7% from two or more races. 10.8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 140,602 households, out of which 47.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.9% were headed by married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.7% were non-families. 11.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.4% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.57, and the average family size was 3.88.

The county's population was spread out with 35.2% under the age of 18, 15.8% from 18 to 24, 28% from 25 to 44, 14.5% from 45 to 64, and 6.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24.6 years. For every 100 females there were 100.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.7 males.

At the 2000 census, the median income for a household in the county was $45,833, and the median income for a family was $50,196. Males had a median income of $37,878 versus $22,656 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,557. About 6.80% of families and 12.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.40% of those under age 18 and 4.80% of those age 65 or over.

The five most reported ancestries in Utah County are:[13]

Religion[edit]

88.1% Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
10.1% Non Religious
1.8% Other
[14]

Government[edit]

View of the cities of Lehi, American Fork, Pleasant Grove, Lindon and Orem along Interstate 15 and the northeast shore of Utah Lake

The government is an elected county commission made up of three commissioners. Utah County commissioners are elected at-large. Other elected officials include the county sheriff, the county clerk, and the county attorney.

Utah County's growth was recognized by the state legislature in 2011 by adding one new state Senate seat and two House district seats.[15]

Infrastructure[edit]

The I-15 CORE project added multiple lanes on Interstate 15 through most of Utah County. This expanded 24 miles (39 km) of freeway and was completed in 2012.[16]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 50.2% 102,182 14.0% 28,522 35.8% 72,938
2012 88.3% 156,950 9.7% 17,281 2.0% 3,482
2008 77.7% 122,224 18.8% 29,567 3.5% 5,488
2004 86.0% 128,269 11.6% 17,357 2.4% 3,547
2000 81.7% 98,255 13.7% 16,445 4.6% 5,556
1996 71.1% 69,653 18.7% 18,291 10.3% 10,087
1992 56.8% 61,398 13.0% 14,090 30.2% 32,690
1988 77.2% 68,134 21.0% 18,533 1.8% 1,560
1984 82.6% 72,284 16.9% 14,801 0.5% 419
1980 83.4% 71,859 14.1% 12,166 2.4% 2,096
1976 69.5% 49,328 25.8% 18,327 4.7% 3,338
1972 70.9% 42,179 18.2% 10,828 10.9% 6,453
1968 59.0% 29,226 33.6% 16,629 7.4% 3,673
1964 46.6% 20,912 53.4% 23,936
1960 54.0% 23,057 46.0% 19,626 0.1% 25
1956 66.6% 25,371 33.4% 12,747
1952 57.7% 20,913 42.3% 15,327
1948 44.8% 13,395 54.2% 16,191 1.0% 300
1944 38.7% 9,946 61.1% 15,722 0.2% 45
1940 36.5% 8,740 63.3% 15,168 0.2% 48
1936 29.8% 6,173 69.5% 14,387 0.7% 135
1932 38.7% 7,953 59.1% 12,140 2.2% 443
1928 52.2% 8,771 47.3% 7,955 0.5% 81
1924 46.3% 6,946 34.8% 5,226 18.9% 2,838
1920 53.3% 7,752 43.9% 6,377 2.8% 403
1916 37.5% 5,201 59.3% 8,235 3.3% 451
1912 35.5% 4,185 39.3% 4,636 25.3% 2,986
1908 54.8% 6,373 42.9% 4,984 2.3% 269
1904 59.2% 6,490 38.7% 4,243 2.2% 239
1900 51.0% 5,698 48.2% 5,391 0.8% 90
1896 21.7% 2,039 78.3% 7,375

Utah County has been referred to as "the most Republican county in the most Republican state in the United States."[18] In the 1992 presidential election, George H. W. Bush received the most votes and Bill Clinton was third in votes received. In the 2004 presidential election, 85.99% voted for George W. Bush.[19] In the 2008 U.S. presidential election, the county voted for John McCain by a 58.9% margin over Barack Obama, compared to McCain winning by 28.1% statewide.[20] Eight other Utah counties voted more strongly in favor of McCain.[21] In the 2012 election, Mitt Romney received 88.32% of the vote. In the 2016 election, it gave a slim majority of the vote to Donald Trump, and nearly 30% of the vote to independent candidate Evan McMullin, who outperformed Hillary Clinton in the county. This was McMullin's largest share of the vote in any county in Utah and his second best nationwide after Madison County, Idaho.

Education[edit]

Utah County has three school districts. They are Alpine, Provo, and Nebo.[22]

It also has two universities: Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University. The county also has the Mountainland Applied Technology College.

Communities[edit]

Utah Valley, Utah County as seen from Traverse Ridge in Lehi
Mount Timpanogos in the Wasatch Range is visible from much of Utah County.

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Utah: Individual County Chronologies". Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2008. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Centers of Population by State: 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ Joseph Nathan Kane; Charles Curry Aiken (2005). The American Counties: Origins of County Names, Dates of Creation, and Population Data, 1950-2000. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-5036-1. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  13. ^ "Utah County, Utah, Ancestry & Family History". ePodunk Inc. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "Utah County, Utah (UT) Religion Statistics Profile - Provo, Orem, Pleasant Grove, American Fork, Springville". City-data.com. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  15. ^ Hesterman, Billy. "Lawmakers say Utah County did well in redistricting process". Daily Herald. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  16. ^ "New changes on I-15 in Utah County". Retrieved October 28, 2011. 
  17. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  18. ^ Krakauer, Jon (2003). Under the Banner of Heaven. New York: Doubleday. p. 78. 
  19. ^ "Utah County General Election, Official Results". UtahCounty.Gov, the Official Website of Utah County Government (http://www.utahcounty.gov). 2 November 2004. 
  20. ^ "U.S. Election Atlas". United States Presidential Election Results. David Leip. 
  21. ^ "State of Utah County Election Results". NPR. 21 November 2008. Archived from the original on February 18, 2012. 
  22. ^ "UTAH SCHOOL DISTRICTS and CHARTER SCHOOLS" (PDF). Utah State Office of Education. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  23. ^ "Humble Pie (2007): American Fork (original title)". International Movie Database (imdb.com). 
  24. ^ "Latter-day Saint (Mormon) Characters and References in the movie Fletch (1985)". Latter-day Saint Characters in Movies. Films by Latter-day Saint Filmmakers (www.ldsfilm.com/). 9 April 2005. 
  25. ^ "Happy Valley (2008)". Amazon.com. 
  26. ^ Giving USA 2003 (PDF) (Report). AAFRC Trust for Philanthropy (www.afpnet.org). 

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Coordinates: 40°07′N 111°40′W / 40.12°N 111.67°W / 40.12; -111.67