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Utah County, Utah
Map of Utah highlighting Utah County
Location in the state of Utah
Map of the U.S. highlighting Utah
Utah's location in the U.S.
Seat Provo
Largest city Provo
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

2,141 sq mi (5,545 km²)
1,998 sq mi (5,176 km²)
143 sq mi (369 km²), 6.66%
Population
 -  Density

529,685
Founded 1852
Named for The Ute Native Americans
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.co.utah.ut.us

Utah County is a county located in the U.S. state of Utah. As of 2000, the population was 368,536 and by 2008 was estimated at 530,837. It was named for the Spanish name (Yuta) for the Ute Indians. The county seat and largest city is Provo. The center of population of Utah is located in Utah County, in the city of Lehi.[1]

Utah County is part of the Provo-Orem Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,141 square miles (5,545 km²), of which, 1,998 square miles (5,176 km²) of it is land and 143 square miles (369 km²) of it (6.66%) is water.

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

Utah Valley lies at the center of the county, lined by the mountains of the Wasatch Front on the east. Utah Lake occupies a large part of the valley. The elevation ranges from 4,487 at the lake to 11,928 at the peak of Mount Nebo.

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Adjacent Counties

National protected areas

Government

The government is an elected county commission made up of three commissioners. Other elected officials include the county sheriff, the county clerk, and the county attorney.

Politics

Utah County has been referred to as "the most Republican county in the most Republican state in the United States."[2] 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.[3] In the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, the county voted for John McCain by a massive 58.9% margin over Barack Obama, with McCain winning by 28.1% statewide.[4] Eight other Utah counties voted more strongly in favor of McCain.[5] Utah County is by far the most populous county in the country that regularly votes for Republican presidential nominees by such landslides.

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 32,456
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%
Est. 2008 530,837 44.0%
sources:[6][7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 368,536 people, 99,937 households, and 80,749 families residing in the county. The population density was 184 people per square mile (71/km²). There were 104,315 housing units at an average density of 52 per square mile (20/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.36% White, 0.30% Black or African American, 0.60% Native American, 1.06% Asian, 0.58% Pacific Islander, 3.25% from other races, and 1.85% from two or more races. 7.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The top 5 Ethnic groups in Utah County are:[9]

By 2005 non-Hispanic whites were 87.7% of the county population. 0.4% of the population was African-American. The Native American population was holding steady at 0.6%, but it should be remembered with the county population growing quite fast, this meant the number of Native Americans was on the rise. Pacific Islanders were still 0.6% of the population. Latinos were now 8.4% of the population.[10]

In 2000 There were 99,937 households out of which 48.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.80% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.20% were non-families. 11.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.59 and the average family size was 3.86.

In the county, the population was spread out with 34.10% under the age of 18, 21.00% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 12.70% from 45 to 64, and 6.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23 years. For every 100 females there were 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.50 males.

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.

By 2008 the population had risen 44% since 2000, to 530,837.

Schools

Utah County has three school districts, Alpine, Provo, and Nebo.[11]. It also has two Universities: Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University.

In popular culture

  • The 2007 film American Fork was filmed in that city.
  • The film Brigham City was filmed in Mapleton, Utah. Despite the name of the film Richard Dutcher had Mapleton, not Brigham City, in mind in making the film.
  • The 1984 film Footloose was filmed at various locations in Utah County: American Fork, Lehi, Orem, Payson, and Provo.
  • The 1985 film Fletch is set in part in Provo. The dialogue makes frequent reference to the city.
  • The book Social Welfare: Politics and Public Policy' by Diana DiNitto mentions Utah County as one of the three most generous counties in philanthropic donations in the U.S. based on an article in Giving USA 2003 (the other two were: San Juan County, UT and Madison county, ID).[12]

Cities and towns

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

Unincorporated communities

External links

References

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


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Utah County, Utah
Map
File:Map of Utah highlighting Utah County.png
Location in the state of Utah
Map of the USA highlighting Utah
Utah's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1852
Seat Provo
Largest City Provo
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 6.66%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

368536
Website: www.co.utah.ut.us
Named for: The Ute Native Americans

Utah County is a county located in the U.S. state of Utah. As of 2000, the population was 368,536 and by 2005 was estimated at 443,738. It was named for the Spanish name (Yuta) for the Ute Indians. The county seat and largest city is Provo. The center of population of Utah is located in Utah County, in the city of Lehi.[1]

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 5,545 km² (2,141 sq mi). 5,176 km² (1,998 sq mi) of it is land and 369 km² (143 sq mi) of it (6.66%) is water.

A partial view of Utah Valley seen here from outside of Salem
Utah Valley lies at the center of the county, lined by the mountains of the Wasatch Front on the east. Utah Lake occupies a large part of the valley. The elevation ranges from 4,487 at the lake to 11,749 at the peak of Mount Timpanogos.

Adjacent Counties

Government

The government is an elected county commission made up of three commissioners. Other elected officals include the county sheriff, the county clerk, and the county attorney.

Politics

This county is often referred to as "the most Republican county in the most Republican state in the United States." In the 1992 presidential election, George H. W. Bush received the most votes and Bill Clinton was fourth in votes received. In the 2004 presidential election, 85.99% voted for George W. Bush.[2] However, in 2000, Rich County cast more of its vote for Bush (88.91%) than Utah County.

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 368,536 people, 99,937 households, and 80,749 families residing in the county. The population density was 71/km² (184/sq mi). There were 104,315 housing units at an average density of 20/km² (52/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 92.36% White, 0.30% Black or African American, 0.60% Native American, 1.06% Asian, 0.58% Pacific Islander, 3.25% from other races, and 1.85% from two or more races. 7.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The top 5 Ethnic groups in Utah County are:[3]

By 2005 non-Hispanic whites were 87.7% of the county population. 0.4% of the population was African-American. The Native American population was holding steady at 0.6%, but it should be remembered with the county population growing quite fast, this meant the number of Native Americans was on the rise. Pacific Islanders were still 0.6% of the population. Latinos were now 8.4% of the population.[4]

In 2000 There were 99,937 households out of which 48.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.80% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.20% were non-families. 11.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.59 and the average family size was 3.86.

In the county, the population was spread out with 34.10% under the age of 18, 21.00% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 12.70% from 45 to 64, and 6.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23 years. For every 100 females there were 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.50 males.

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.

By 2006 the population had risen 26.1% to 464,760.

Happy Valley

About 88% of Utah County residents are LDS.[5] "Happy Valley" is a common nickname for the region. The term is sometimes used in a pejorative or ironic sense.

In popular culture

  • The 2007 film American Fork was filmed in that city.
  • The film Brigham City was filmed in Mapleton, Utah. Despite the name of the film Richard Dutcher had Mapleton, not Brigham City, in mind in making the film.

Cities and towns

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

Unincorporated communities

External links

References

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

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