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Enterprise, Utah
—  City  —
Location of Enterprise, Utah
Coordinates: 37°34′16″N 113°43′5″W / 37.57111°N 113.71806°W / 37.57111; -113.71806Coordinates: 37°34′16″N 113°43′5″W / 37.57111°N 113.71806°W / 37.57111; -113.71806
Country United States
State Utah
County Washington
Founded 1891
Founder Orson Huntsman
 - Total 2.9 sq mi (7.5 km2)
 - Land 2.9 sq mi (7.5 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 5,318 ft (1,621 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,285
 Density 441.0/sq mi (170.3/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 - Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 84725
Area code(s) 435
FIPS code 49-23420[1]
GNIS feature ID 1440940[2]

Enterprise is a city in Washington County, Utah, United States. The population was 1,285 at the 2000 census, a 37.3% increase over its 1990 population of 936. Although Enterprise was a town in 2000,[1] it has since been classified as a fifth-class city by state law.[3] Enterprise is home to two schools, Enterprise Elementary School (K-6)and Enterprise High School (7-12).



Enterprise is located at 37°34′16″N 113°43′5″W / 37.57111°N 113.71806°W / 37.57111; -113.71806 (37.571032, -113.717924)[4], on the south rim of the Great Basin, at an elevation of 5329 feet.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km²), all of it land.

Enterprise is the nearest community to Mountain Meadows. The November 17, 1902 Pine Valley earthquake, estimated to be a 6 on the Richter magnitude scale, had its epicenter about 20 miles southeast of the town.


The concept of a town called Enterprise was first thought up by Orson Welcome Huntsman. He had a plan to dam the tributaries of Shoal Creek in order to harness the water for irrigation purposes. Many in the area, including his father in law, thought his plan was foolish. Orson was able to gather interest in St. George business men and surveyed out the land that would become Enterprise. The first permanent settler there was Jacob Micah Truman, who was soon followed by several families. Most of the early residents were Mormon Settlers. Enterprise received a large boost in its population in 1903 following a severe earthquake that decimated the nearby town of Hebron. When the residents of Hebron realized the damage caused to their homes, and that Enterprise less than ten miles away had almost no damage it was decided to abandon Hebron and most of its residents migrated to Enterprise.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1890 41
1900 100 143.9%
1910 350 250.0%
1920 608 73.7%
1930 548 −9.9%
1940 677 23.5%
1950 790 16.7%
1960 859 8.7%
1970 844 −1.7%
1980 905 7.2%
1990 936 3.4%
2000 1,285 37.3%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,285 people, 378 households, and 317 families residing in the town. The population density was 441.0 people per square mile (170.5/km²). There were 454 housing units at an average density of 155.8/sq mi (60.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.25% White, 2.49% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.78% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.17% of the population.

There were 378 households out of which 49.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.8% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.1% were non-families. 15.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.40 and the average family size was 3.82.

In the town the population was spread out with 40.0% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 18.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females there were 100.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,694, and the median income for a family was $38,500. Males had a median income of $31,905 versus $16,354 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,858. About 4.3% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.8% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.


Mayor S. Lee Bracken

City Council Bart Merrill, Dana Truman, Doug Clove, Ron Lehm, Shalyn Nelson

City Manager Adam Bowler


  1. ^ a b c "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. ^ §10-2-301 of the Utah Code, last amended in 2003. Accessed 2008-06-14.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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