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Mapleton, Utah
—  City  —
Location of Mapleton, Utah
Coordinates: 40°7′59″N 111°34′50″W / 40.13306°N 111.58056°W / 40.13306; -111.58056
Country United States
State Utah
County Utah
Settled 1856
Incorporated April 1, 1948
Named for Maple trees
 - Total 9.2 sq mi (23.9 km2)
 - Land 9.2 sq mi (23.9 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 4,731 ft (1,442 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 5,809
 - Density 629.4/sq mi (243.0/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 - Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 84664
Area code(s) 801
FIPS code 49-47950[1]
GNIS feature ID 1443189[2]

Mapleton is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States. It is part of the ProvoOrem, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 5,809 at the 2000 census.



Mapleton is located at 40°7′59″N 111°34′50″W / 40.13306°N 111.58056°W / 40.13306; -111.58056 (40.133156, -111.580497)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.2 square miles (23.9 km²), all of it land. Its elevation is 4,700 feet (1,400 m) above sea level.

The City is dominated by 10,193-foot (3,107 m) Maple Mountain to the southeast and Ether Peak (7,533 ft) to the northeast. Between the two mountains is Maple Canyon, which is home to Whiting Campground in the Uinta National Forest. Mapleton residents continue to call Spanish Fork Peak "Maple Mountain" despite the USGS having opted for the name favoring the city to the west. The Mountain has also been informally referred to as Sierra Bonita and Monument Peak. There are several official Maple Mountains in Utah, none of them in Utah County. The City is bounded to the north by Hobble Creek, and extends southward to the Ensign-Bickford plant in Spanish Fork. The Mapleton Lateral Canal crosses the eastern side of the city, and the Bureau of Reclamation began piping it in 2007.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,809 people, 1,442 households, and 1,313 families residing in the city. The population density was 629.4 people per square mile (243.0/km²). There were 1,480 housing units at an average density of 160.4/sq mi (61.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.80% White, 0.14% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.22% Pacific Islander, 0.52% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.05% of the population.

There were 1,442 households out of which 54.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 83.8% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 8.9% were non-families. 7.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.02 and the average family size was 4.25.

In the city the population was spread out with 40.1% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 7.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 100.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $60,985, and the median income for a family was $63,856. Males had a median income of $43,462 versus $22,800 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,496. About 3.8% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.7% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.


The area was first settled in 1850, and for a time was known as Union Bench. It started out as an agricultural extension of Springville, Utah. Legal action between residents of Springville and what became Mapleton, largely over water rights, allowed Mapleton to chart its own course beginning in 1901. Mapleton was finally incorporated in 1948.


Mapleton is still a somewhat rural area, but is rapidly suburbanizing in the wake of development. Numerous large subdivisions have been approved in recent years. None of the city touches I-15, which has kept the city more rural than neighboring Springville and Spanish Fork. The main artery through town is U.S. Route 89. Mapleton uses innovative planning techniques, including Transferable Development Rights (TDRs) to preserve the foothills. Mapleton retains a small town charm. Many of the homes are located on large lots with most minimum lot sizes ranging from one-third acre to 2 acres (8,100 m2).

There are two restaurants in Mapleton - the Model A Cafe, and Subway, both located at the intersection of Highway 89 and Maple Street.

Parks include Mapleton City Park (SE corner of Main and Maple Streets), Ira Allen Park (NW Corner of 800 West and 2000 South), Eagle Rock Park (~800 South 800 East), and North Park (~1400 West 1600 North).

Other landmarks include the "Old White Church" (LDS) at the SW corner of Main and Maple Streets, the Pioneer Heritage Museum and Levi Kendall Log Cabin located at 115 South Main Street, the Mapleton City Offices, located at 125 West Community Center Way (400 North), and the Mapleton City Public Works Building (1405 West 1600 North).


Mapleton is served by Nebo School District. Public schools in this district that serve Mapleton residents include the following: Springville High School, Springville Junior High School, Springville Middle School (now Cherry Creek Elementary and no longer serving Mapleton), Hobble Creek Elementary, Mapleton Elementary, Mapleton Junior High and Maple Mountain High School (located in nearby Spanish Fork), which will be completed in 2009.

Notable citizens

  • James Vance Gividen (1902–1984): An original businessman of Mapleton City from the 1920s through the 1970s. He spent his entire life servicing farmer and community resident needs with his early farm equipment business and merchantile store (burned down in 1939), his grocery and meat store, to his later automobile repair garage and welding shop. He was known throughout Utah County as a fair and dependable man who never met an arc or acetylene welding challenge that he could not fix. Vance named his business, the "Square Deal Garage & Welding Shop" because he believed in the concept of fairness to his fellowmen. Working for "Utah Construction," following the merchantile store burnout, Vance assisted in the building of the "Geneva US Steel Plant" near Utah Lake as a "Pipe Fitter and Welder" and with his sons rebuilt the garage/welding shop and grocery store next to his home. Anticipating his death, Vance gave specific instructions to his family that they were to discount the value of his property and: sell his business property to Mapleton City (this is where the current Mapleton City Ambulance Service is located) and his home and farm, located near the "White Church," to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where the current "Gividen Pavilion" and softball diamond is located. Located in the Mapleton City office building is a plaque and picture of James Vance and Annie Lucille Gividen recognizing their service to the community.

Ties to popular culture

The 2001 film Brigham City was actually filmed in Mapleton, instead of the film's namesake, Brigham City, Utah.[1]


  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. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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