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Kanab, Utah
U.S. Route 89 through Kanab

Nickname(s): Utah's Little Hollywood
Coordinates: 37°2′8″N 112°31′52″W / 37.03556°N 112.53111°W / 37.03556; -112.53111

United States



County Kane
Settled 1870
Named for Southern Paiute for 'willow'
 - Type Council-manager
 - Mayor Kim T. Lawson
 - Total 14.1 sq mi (36.4 km2)
 - Land 14.0 sq mi (36.3 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 4,970 ft (1,515 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 3,564
 - Density 254.2/sq mi (98.1/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 - Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 84741

Area code(s) 435
FIPS code 49-39920[1]
GNIS feature ID 1429276[2]

Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States.[3] The population was 3,564 at the 2000 census. Locals refer to Kanab as "Little Hollywood" due to its history as a filming location for western movies and television series such as Daniel Boone, Gunsmoke, Planet Of The Apes, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Lone Ranger, and Stagecoach, among other films.[4] Kanab is situated in the "Grand Circle" area, centrally located among Bryce Canyon National Park, the Grand Canyon (North Rim), and Zion National Park. Other nearby attractions include Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, the privately owned Moqui Cave, and the largest animal sanctuary in the United States, Best Friends animal sanctuary. Hunting is one of the major industries of the kanab people, and tourists often take hunting tours throughout the state[5]



Kanab is located at 37°2′8″N 112°31′52″W / 37.03556°N 112.53111°W / 37.03556; -112.53111 (37.035510, -112.531112)[6]. The city is located on the western Colorado Plateau.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.1 square miles (36.4 km²), of which, 14.0 square miles (36.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.28%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,564 people, 1,335 households, and 978 families residing in the city. The population density was 254.2 people per square mile (98.2/km²). There were 1,492 housing units at an average density of 106.4/sq mi (41.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.77% White, 0.06% African American, 0.98% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.88% of the population.

There were 1,335 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.2% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.17.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,125, and the median income for a family was $40,778. Males had a median income of $31,741 versus $19,116 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,128. About 4.0% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.


On January 10, 2006, the mayor and city council passed Resolution 1-1-06R, titled The Natural Family: A Vision for the City of Kanab, codifying the definition of a "natural family":

"We envision a local culture that upholds the marriage of a man to a woman, and a woman to a man, as ordained of God... We see our homes as open to a full quiver of children, the source of family continuity and social growth. We envision young women growing into wives, homemakers, and mothers; and we see young men growing into husbands, home-builders, and fathers."[7]

The text of Kanab's Natural Family Resolution is identical to a draft resolution created by the Sutherland Institute, a political think tank based in Utah that works towards public policy reform to reflect its notion of "traditional values". Echoing language from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints The Family: A Proclamation to the World, the Sutherland Institute wrote the resolution and sent it to every city in Utah, hoping to see it adopted in as many places as possible. Kanab was the only city to do so.

Kanab Ambersnail

Three Lakes, a privately-owned wet meadow near Kanab, is one of only two natural habitats for the Kanab Ambersnail, a snail species which was listed as an endangered species in 1992 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a species of conservation priority for the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Notable residents

See also


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved on 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved on 2008-01-31. 
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  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved on 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ Kanab City Council - City of Kanab, Utah official site

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