Vernon, Utah

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Vernon, Utah
Vernon Elementary School, January 2009
Vernon Elementary School, January 2009
Etymology: Joseph Vernon
Location of Vernon within Tooele County and Utah
Location of Vernon within Tooele County and Utah
Location of Utah within the United States
Location of Utah within the United States
Coordinates: 40°5′45″N 112°27′0″W / 40.09583°N 112.45000°W / 40.09583; -112.45000Coordinates: 40°5′45″N 112°27′0″W / 40.09583°N 112.45000°W / 40.09583; -112.45000
CountryUnited States
Incorporated (Onaqui)1934
Incorporated (Vernon)22 February 1972
Named forJoseph Vernon
 • Total7.5 sq mi (19.5 km2)
 • Land7.5 sq mi (19.5 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
5,515 ft (1,681 m)
 • Total250
 • Density31.4/sq mi (12.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)435
FIPS code49-80200[1]
GNIS feature ID1446932[2]

Vernon is a town in southeastern Tooele County, Utah, United States.[2]


The town located along Utah State Route 36 in southern Rush Valley[3] and is part of the Salt Lake City Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 236 at the 2000 census.

Vernon is the birthplace of World War II Medal of Honor recipient Mervyn Sharp Bennion.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 7.5 square miles (19 km2), all of it land.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Vernon has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[4]


The Vernon area was settled beginning in 1857. The community has the name of Joseph Vernon, a pioneer settler.[5][6] In 1934, a very large incorporated town called Onaqui was created in the area, including Vernon as well as the settlements of Clover and St. John. Vernon was far from the rest of Onaqui, and locals always looked on it as somewhat independent. Vernon residents were granted a petition to incorporate separately on February 22, 1972, and the remaining part of Onaqui was renamed Rush Valley.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2016294[7]21.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 236 people, 77 households, and 59 families residing in the town. The population density was 31.4 people per square mile (12.1/km²). There were 86 housing units at an average density of 11.4 per square mile (4.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.07% White, 0.42% African American, 0.42% Asian, 2.54% from other races, and 2.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.66% of the population.

There were 77 households out of which 42.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.8% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.1% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.06 and the average family size was 3.62.

In the town, the population was spread out with 34.7% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $42,500, and the median income for a family was $43,500. Males had a median income of $38,333 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,053. About 10.7% of families and 13.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.5% of those under the age of eighteen and 3.8% of those sixty five or over.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 September 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ a b "Vernon". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ "MyTopo Maps - Vernon, UT, USA" (Map). Trimble Navigation, Ltd. Retrieved 11 Mar 2018.
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Vernon, Utah
  5. ^ Lund, Anthon Henrik (1922). The Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine. Genealogical Society of Utah. p. 38.
  6. ^ Van Cott, John W. (1990). Utah Place Names: A Comprehensive Guide to the Origins of Geographic Names: A Compilation. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press. p. 384. ISBN 978-0-87480-345-7. OCLC 797284427. Retrieved 11 Mar 2018.
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 9 Jun 2017.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on 12 May 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015.

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