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Lehi, Utah
—  City  —
Location of Lehi, Utah
Coordinates: 40°24′6″N 111°51′31″W / 40.40167°N 111.85861°W / 40.40167; -111.85861Coordinates: 40°24′6″N 111°51′31″W / 40.40167°N 111.85861°W / 40.40167; -111.85861
Country United States
State Utah
County Utah
Settled 1850
Incorporated February 5, 1852
Named for Lehi
Government
 - Mayor Bert Wilson
Area
 - Total 20.6 sq mi (53.3 km2)
 - Land 20.3 sq mi (52.6 km2)
 - Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation 4,564 ft (1,391 m)
Population (2008 Estimates)
 - Total 46,802
 - Density 936.2/sq mi (361.5/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 - Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 84043
Area code(s) 385, 801
FIPS code 49-44320[1]
GNIS feature ID 1442553[2]
Website http://www.lehi-ut.gov

Lehi (pronounced /ˈliːhаɪ/) is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States. It is named after Lehi, a prophet in the Book of Mormon. The population was 19,028 at the 2000 census, while a 2008 estimate placed the population at 46,802.[3] The center of population of Utah is located in Lehi.[4]

Lehi is part of the ProvoOrem, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

A group of Mormon pioneers settled the area now known as Lehi in the fall of 1850, at a place called Dry Creek, in the northernmost part of Utah Valley, near the head of Utah Lake. It was renamed Evansville in 1851, after David Evans, a local bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Other historical names include Sulphur Springs, Snow’s Springs, and Dry Creek.[5]

The land was organized into parcels of 40 acres (160,000 m2), and new settlers received a plat of this size until the entire tract was exhausted. There was little water to irrigate the rich soil, so it became necessary to divert a portion of American Fork Creek. Evansville consumed up to one-third of the water as authorized by the Utah Territorial Legislature.

The settlement grew so rapidly that in early 1852, Bishop Evans petitioned the Utah Territorial Legislature to incorporate the settlement. Lehi City was incorporated by legislative act on February 5, 1852. It was the sixth city incorporated in Utah. The legislature also approved a request to call the new city Lehi, after a Book of Mormon prophet of the same name.

Old Lehi Train Station on State Street.

Geography

Lehi is located at 40°24′06″N 111°51′31″W / 40.401662°N 111.858627°W / 40.401662; -111.858627 (40.401662, -111.858627).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.6 square miles (53.3 km2), of which, 20.3 square miles (52.6 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km2) of it (1.17%) is water.

The Mill Pond is located in eastern Lehi and is easily seen from Interstate 15.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 19,028 people (although, city projects 46,909 people in 2008[7]), 5,125 households, and 4,602 families residing in the city. The population density was 936.2 people per square mile (361.6/km2). There were 5,280 housing units at an average density of 259.8/sq mi (100.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.68% White, 0.25% African American, 0.58% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.43% Pacific Islander, 1.33% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.99% of the population.

There were 5,125 households out of which 61.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 80.0% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 10.2% were non-families. 8.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.70 and the average family size was 3.94.

In the city the population was spread out with 41.0% under the age of 18, 11.6% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 11.1% from 45 to 64, and 5.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $53,028, and the median income for a family was $55,664. Males had a median income of $40,739 versus $25,931 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,074. About 5.0% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.

Climate


Weather data for Lehi, Utah
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high °F (°C) 37
(3)
43
(6)
52
(11)
61
(16)
72
(22)
82
(28)
90
(32)
88
(31)
79
(26)
64
(18)
48
(9)
39
(4)
Average low °F (°C) 16
(-9)
19
(-7)
28
(-2)
34
(1)
41
(5)
48
(9)
55
(13)
54
(12)
45
(7)
34
(1)
25
(-4)
18
(-8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.98
(24.9)
1
(25.4)
1.12
(28.4)
1.3
(33)
1.4
(35.6)
0.66
(16.8)
0.67
(17)
0.98
(24.9)
1.15
(29.2)
1.33
(33.8)
1.13
(28.7)
0.69
(17.5)
Source: weather.com[1] 2009-07-8

Lehi Roller Mills

Lehi Roller Mills is a landmark in Lehi and famous for being featured in the movie Footloose.

Lehi Roller Mills was founded in 1906 by a co-op of farmers. George G. Robinson purchased the mill in 1910, and since then it has remained in the family. It is run today by grandson R. Sherman Robinson.

At the turn the century, Lehi Roller Mills was among thousands of such family-owned mills operating in the United States. Fewer than fifty remain today. High demand keeps the mill grinding around the clock, six days a week, and the mill produces some 100,000 pounds of flour each day.

Lehi Roller Mills was immortalized in the 1984 production of Footloose. It was featured as Ren McCormack's (Kevin Bacon) workplace and as the site of the dance.

At the time the film was made, Lehi Roller Mills was surrounded by nothing but vacant fields. In one scene, the Reverend Shaw Moore (John Lithgow) and his wife Vi Moore (Dianne Wiest) keep a wary eye on the proceedings while standing in a field some distance away. The area is now home to a variety of fast food restaurants and a shopping center.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/files/SUB-EST2008-49.csv
  4. ^ http://www.census.gov/geo/www/cenpop/statecenters.txt
  5. ^ http://www.lehi-ut.gov/aboutlehi/aboutlehi.php
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  7. ^ http://www.lehicity.com/planning/

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