List of counties in Utah


There are 29 counties in the US state of Utah There were originally seven counties established under the provisional State of Deseret in 1849: Davis, Iron, Sanpete, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah, and Weber1 The Territory of Utah was created in 1851 with the first territorial legislature meeting from 1851–1852 The first legislature re-created the original counties from the State of Deseret under territorial law as well as establishing three additional counties: Juab, Millard, and Washington All other counties were established between 1854 and 1894 by the Utah Territorial Legislature under territorial law except for the last two counties formed, Daggett and Duchesne They were created by popular vote and by gubernatorial proclamation after Utah became a state2 Present-day Duchesne County encompassed an Indian reservation that was created in 1861 The reservation was opened to homesteaders in 1905 and the county was created in 19133 Due to dangerous roads, mountainous terrain, and bad weather preventing travel via a direct route, residents in present-day Daggett County had to travel 400 to 800 miles 640 to 1,290 km on both stage and rail to conduct business in Vernal, the county seat for Uintah County a mere 50 miles away In 1917, all Uintah County residents voted to create Daggett County4

Based on the 2010 United States Census data, the population of Utah was 2,763,885 Just over 75% of Utah's population is concentrated along four Wasatch Front counties of Salt Lake, Utah, Davis, and Weber Salt Lake County was the largest county in the state with a population of 1,029,655, followed by Utah County with 516,564, Davis County with 306,479 and Weber County with 231,236 Daggett County was the least populated with 1,059 people The largest county in land area is San Juan County with 7,821 square miles 20,260 km2 and Davis County is the smallest with 304 square miles 790 km25

The Federal Information Processing Standard FIPS code, which is used by the United States government to uniquely identify states and counties, is provided with each county6 Utah's FIPS code is 49, which when combined with any county code would be written as 49XXX In the FIPS code column in the table below, each FIPS code links to the most current census data for that county7

Contents

  • 1 Counties
  • 2 Former counties
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Countiesedit

County
FIPS County Code
7
County seat
28
Established
28
Origin
2
Etymology
910
Population
20105
Area
2010 11
Map
Beaver County 001 Beaver 1856 Part of Iron County12 The many beavers in the area 7003662900000000000♠6,629 7003259000000000000♠2,590 sq mi
7003670800000000000♠6,708 km2
Box Elder County 003 Brigham City 1856 Part of Weber County The many Box Elder trees in the area 7004499750000000000♠49,975 7003574600000000000♠5,746 sq mi
7004148820000000000♠14,882 km2
Cache County 005 Logan 1857 Part of Weber County12 Caches of furs made by Rocky Mountain Fur Company trappers 7005112656000000000♠112,656 7003116500000000000♠1,165 sq mi
7003301700000000000♠3,017 km2
Carbon County 007 Price 1894 Part of Emery County The vast coal beds in the county13 7004214030000000000♠21,403 7003147800000000000♠1,478 sq mi
7003382800000000000♠3,828 km2
Daggett County 009 Manila 1919 Part of Uintah County Ellsworth Daggett 1810–1880, the first Utah Surveyor General 7003105900000000000♠1,059 7002697000000000000♠697 sq mi
7003180500000000000♠1,805 km2
Davis County 011 Farmington 1850 Original county of State of Deseret Daniel C Davis 1804–1850, Mormon Battalion captain 7005306479000000000♠306,479 7002299000000000000♠299 sq mi
7002774000000000000♠774 km2
Duchesne County 013 Duchesne 1913 Part of Wasatch County Uncertain; likely origins are a Ute word translated "dark canyon", the French and Indian War site of Fort Duquesne the county's initial settlement was also a fortress, the corrupted name of an area Indian chief, or the name of French fur trapper and explorer 7004186070000000000♠18,607 7003324100000000000♠3,241 sq mi
7003839400000000000♠8,394 km2
Emery County 015 Castle Dale 1880 Part of Sanpete County14 George W Emery 1830–1909, Governor of the Utah Territory from 1875–1880 7004109760000000000♠10,976 7003446200000000000♠4,462 sq mi
7004115570000000000♠11,557 km2
Garfield County 017 Panguitch 1882 Part of Iron County James A Garfield 1831–1881, President of the United States in 1881 7003517200000000000♠5,172 7003517500000000000♠5,175 sq mi
7004134030000000000♠13,403 km2
Grand County 019 Moab 1890 Part of Emery County The Grand River, since renamed to the Colorado River 7003922500000000000♠9,225 7003367200000000000♠3,672 sq mi
7003951000000000000♠9,510 km2
Iron County 021 Parowan 1850 Original county of State of Deseret Iron mines west of Cedar City15 7004461630000000000♠46,163 7003329700000000000♠3,297 sq mi
7003853900000000000♠8,539 km2
Juab County 023 Nephi 1852 Original county of Territory of Utah A Native American word translated "thirsty valley" 7004102460000000000♠10,246 7003339200000000000♠3,392 sq mi
7003878500000000000♠8,785 km2
Kane County 025 Kanab 1864 Part of Washington County Thomas L Kane 1822–1883, US Army officer who spoke in favor of the Mormon migration and settlement of Utah 7003712500000000000♠7,125 7003399000000000000♠3,990 sq mi
7004103340000000000♠10,334 km2
Millard County 027 Fillmore 1851 Original county of Territory of Utah Millard Fillmore 1800–1874, President of the United States from 1850 to 1853 7004125030000000000♠12,503 7003657200000000000♠6,572 sq mi
7004170210000000000♠17,021 km2
Morgan County 029 Morgan 1862 Part of Davis County16 Jedediah Morgan Grant 1816–1856, an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 7003946900000000000♠9,469 7002609000000000000♠609 sq mi
7003157700000000000♠1,577 km2
Piute County 031 Junction 1865 Part of Beaver County The Piute tribe of Native Americans who lived in the area 7003155600000000000♠1,556 7002758000000000000♠758 sq mi
7003196300000000000♠1,963 km2
Rich County 033 Randolph 1864 Part of Cache County Charles C Rich 1809–1883, an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 7003226400000000000♠2,264 7003102900000000000♠1,029 sq mi
7003266500000000000♠2,665 km2
Salt Lake County 035 Salt Lake City 1849 Original county of State of Deseret The Great Salt Lake, the largest terminal lake in the Western Hemisphere 7006102966500000000♠1,029,665 7002742000000000000♠742 sq mi
7003192200000000000♠1,922 km2
San Juan County 037 Monticello 1880 Parts of Kane, Iron, and Piute counties Named for the San Juan River, a 400-mile 640 km tributary of the Colorado river located in southern Colorado and Utah 7004147460000000000♠14,746 7003782000000000000♠7,820 sq mi
7004202540000000000♠20,254 km2
Sanpete County 039 Manti 1849 Original county of State of Deseret Uncertain, possibly from a Ute Chief named San Pitch 7004278820000000000♠27,882 7003159000000000000♠1,590 sq mi
7003411800000000000♠4,118 km2
Sevier County 041 Richfield 1862 Part of Sanpete County The Sevier River, a 280-mile 450 km river in central Utah 7004208020000000000♠20,802 7003191100000000000♠1,911 sq mi
7003494900000000000♠4,949 km2
Summit County 043 Coalville 1854 Part of Salt Lake and Green River counties17 High elevations in the county, which includes 39 of Utah's highest peaks 7004363240000000000♠36,324 7003187200000000000♠1,872 sq mi
7003484800000000000♠4,848 km2
Tooele County 045 Tooele 1849 Original county of State of Deseret Uncertain, either from the Goshute Tribe Chief Tuilla or the Tules plant that grew in the marshes 7004582180000000000♠58,218 7003694100000000000♠6,941 sq mi
7004179770000000000♠17,977 km2
Uintah County 047 Vernal 1880 Part of Wasatch18 The Uintah band of the Ute tribe who lived in the area 7004325880000000000♠32,588 7003448000000000000♠4,480 sq mi
7004116030000000000♠11,603 km2
Utah County 049 Provo 1849 Original county of State of Deseret Yuta, the Spanish name for the Ute tribe 7005516564000000000♠516,564 7003200300000000000♠2,003 sq mi
7003518800000000000♠5,188 km2
Wasatch County 051 Heber City 1862 Part of Utah and Sanpete counties19 A Native American word meaning "mountain pass", also the name of the Wasatch Range 7004235300000000000♠23,530 7003117600000000000♠1,176 sq mi
7003304600000000000♠3,046 km2
Washington County 053 St George 1852 Original county of Territory of Utah George Washington 1732–1799, President of the United States from 1789 to 1797 7005138115000000000♠138,115 7003242600000000000♠2,426 sq mi
7003628300000000000♠6,283 km2
Wayne County 055 Loa 1892 Part of Piute County Wayne Robinson, the son of Utah state legislator Willis Robinson, who was killed by a horse while both men traveled to a legislative session 7003258900000000000♠2,589 7003246100000000000♠2,461 sq mi
7003637400000000000♠6,374 km2
Weber County 057 Ogden 1849 Original county of State of Deseret The Weber River, a 125 miles 201 km tributary of the Great Salt Lake 7005231236000000000♠231,236 7002576000000000000♠576 sq mi
7003149200000000000♠1,492 km2

Former countiesedit

There were ten counties in the Territory of Utah that were absorbed by other states or Utah counties

County2 Established2 Superseded2 Etymology10 Present location2
Carson County 1854 1861 Named for the Carson River, a 150-mile 240 km river in Nevada and California that originates from the Sierra Nevada Mountains Nevada
Cedar County 1856 1862 Named for the numerous cedar trees growing in the area which are actually juniper trees20 Utah County
Desert County 1852 1862 Named for the surrounding desert Box Elder County, Tooele County and Nevada
Greasewood County 1856 1862 Named for the greasewood plant growing in the area Box Elder County
Green River County 1852 1872 Named for the Green River, a 730-mile 1,170 km tributary of the Colorado River that runs through Wyoming, Colorado and Utah Cache, Weber, Morgan, Davis, Wasatch, Summit, Duchesne, Carbon, and Utah Counties, and Wyoming and Colorado
Humboldt County 1856 1861 Named for the Humboldt River, a 300-mile 480 km river in Nevada and longest river in the Great Basin Nevada
Malad County 1856 1862 Named for the Malad River, the name being French for "sickly" Box Elder County
Rio Virgin County 1869 1872 Named for the Virgin River, a 160-mile-long 260 km tributary of the Colorado River located in southern Utah and Nevada Washington County, Nevada and Arizona
St Mary's County 1856 1861 Named after the Mary's River, which was later renamed to the Humboldt River Nevada
Shambip County 1856 1862 Goshute Native American Tribe word for Rush Lake Tooele County

Referencesedit

  1. ^ Fisher, Richard Swainson 1855 A new and complete statistical gazetteer of the United States of America New York: JH Colton and Company p 870 Retrieved April 23, 2010 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Chart of County Formation in Utah" Utah Division of Archives and Record Services Retrieved April 25, 2010 
  3. ^ "Duchesne County, Utah" Pioneer, Utah's Online Library State of Utah Retrieved May 1, 2010 
  4. ^ Industrial Commission of Utah 1920 Report of the Industrial Commission of Utah Kaysville, Utah: Inland Publishing Company p 346 Retrieved May 1, 2010 
  5. ^ a b "Population and Housing Occupancy Status: 2010 - State -- County" US Census Bureau Retrieved January 7, 2012 
  6. ^ "FIPS Publish 6-4" National Institute of Standards and Technology Retrieved July 20, 2007 
  7. ^ a b "EPA County FIPS Code Listing" US Environmental Protection Agency Retrieved February 23, 2008 
  8. ^ a b "Utah" About Counties National Association of Counties Archived from the original on July 11, 2007 Retrieved July 21, 2007 
  9. ^ "County Name History" Utah Association of Counties Retrieved January 7, 2012 
  10. ^ a b Van Cott, John W 1990 Utah Place Name Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press ISBN 978-0-87480-345-7 
  11. ^ "Gazetteer of Utah Counties" Census Bureau Geography US Census Bureau Retrieved January 1, 2012 
  12. ^ a b "Colton's territories of New Mexico and Utah 1855" University of Nevada at Reno Retrieved April 25, 2010 
  13. ^ "Three Utah coal mines targeted by federal safety inspectors" Salt Lake Tribune April 23, 2010 Retrieved April 28, 2010 
  14. ^ Bancroft, Hubert Howe 1890 History of Utah San Francisco: The History Company Retrieved April 25, 2010 
  15. ^ "Palladon Ventures" Palladon Ventures Retrieved April 28, 2010 
  16. ^ Tullidge, Edward William 1889 Tullidge's histories, volume II containing the history of all the northern Utah Salt Lake City: Juvenile Instructor p 118 Retrieved April 25, 2010 
  17. ^ "Summit County" Utah History Encyclopedia University of Utah Retrieved April 25, 2010 
  18. ^ Fuller, Craig 1994 "Uintah County" In Powell, Allan Kent Utah History Encyclopedia Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press ISBN 0874804256 OCLC 30473917 
  19. ^ State of Utah 1888 The compiled laws of Utah Salt Lake City: Herbert Pembroke p 268 Retrieved April 25, 2010 
  20. ^ "Cedar City lacks namesake trees" The Spectrum Cedar City April 14, 2010 Retrieved April 29, 2010 

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