Grand County, Utah

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Grand County, Utah
GrandCountyUTCourthouse.jpg
Grand County Courthouse in June 2014
Seal of Grand County, Utah
Seal
Map of Utah highlighting Grand County
Location in the U.S. state of Utah
Map of the United States highlighting Utah
Utah's location in the U.S.
Founded 1890
Named for The Colorado River (then the "Grand River")
Seat Moab
Largest city Moab
Area
 • Total 3,684 sq mi (9,542 km2)
 • Land 3,672 sq mi (9,510 km2)
 • Water 12 sq mi (31 km2), 0.3%
Population (est.)
 • ( 2015) 9,516
 • Density 2.5/sq mi (1/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/ -6
Website www.grandcountyutah.net

Grand County is a county located in the U.S. state of Utah. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,225. [1] Its county seat and largest city is Moab. [2] The county was named for the Colorado River, which at the time of statehood was known as the Grand River. It is west from the Colorado state line.

Geography

Delicate Arch, one of the most famous arches in Arches National Park

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,684 square miles (9,540 km2), of which 3,672 square miles (9,510 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (0.3%) is water. [3] The Green River forms the western boundary and Colorado lies on the eastern boundary. The Colorado River flows through the southeast corner. Deserts, cliffs and plateaus make up the scenery, with few settlements apart from the city of Moab, a Colorado River oasis. Arches National Park lies in the southern part of the county, just north of Moab. Also, the northernmost extension of Canyonlands National Park lies in the southwest corner of the county.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 541
1900 1,149 112.4%
1910 1,595 38.8%
1920 1,808 13.4%
1930 1,813 0.3%
1940 2,070 14.2%
1950 1,903 −8.1%
1960 6,345 233.4%
1970 6,688 5.4%
1980 8,241 23.2%
1990 6,620 −19.7%
2000 8,485 28.2%
2010 9,225 8.7%
Est. 2016 9,579 [4] 3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census [5]
1790–1960 [6] 1900–1990 [7]
1990–2000 [8] 2010–2014 [1]

As of the census [9] of 2000, there were 8,485 people, 3,434 households, and 2,170 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 4,062 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.65% White, 0.25% Black or African American, 3.85% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.66% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. 5.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,434 households out of which 29.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.60% were married couples living together, 10.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.80% were non-families. 29.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.90% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,387, and the median income for a family was $39,095. Males had a median income of $31,000 versus $21,769 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,356. About 10.90% of families and 14.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.20% of those under age 18 and 8.40% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

Presidential Elections Results [10]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 42.9% 1,975 42.6% 1,960 14.5% 666
2012 50.5% 1,996 43.7% 1,727 5.8% 227
2008 45.7% 1,871 50.4% 2,067 3.9% 161
2004 51.1% 2,130 44.6% 1,858 4.3% 177
2000 50.4% 1,822 32.0% 1,158 17.5% 634
1996 42.6% 1,384 36.9% 1,199 20.6% 668
1992 32.9% 1,100 34.7% 1,160 32.4% 1,082
1988 58.3% 1,895 39.6% 1,287 2.0% 66
1984 73.2% 2,463 26.0% 876 0.8% 28
1980 70.4% 2,362 21.0% 703 8.6% 289
1976 62.4% 1,781 32.6% 931 5.0% 143
1972 72.2% 1,837 22.0% 560 5.9% 149
1968 60.9% 1,435 30.0% 707 9.1% 215
1964 49.7% 1,130 50.3% 1,145
1960 58.4% 1,130 41.6% 805
1956 76.1% 1,044 23.9% 328
1952 72.3% 675 27.7% 259
1948 50.5% 418 48.4% 400 1.1% 9
1944 52.6% 428 46.7% 380 0.6% 5
1940 49.0% 432 50.6% 446 0.3% 3
1936 33.6% 272 64.4% 521 2.0% 16
1932 34.5% 278 62.9% 506 2.6% 21
1928 52.6% 347 47.0% 310 0.5% 3
1924 47.9% 278 41.9% 243 10.2% 59
1920 51.2% 306 46.5% 278 2.3% 14
1916 39.5% 213 56.8% 306 3.7% 20
1912 33.8% 191 37.5% 212 28.8% 163
1908 48.7% 232 45.2% 215 6.1% 29
1904 57.2% 262 36.0% 165 6.8% 31
1900 46.1% 178 52.9% 204 1.0% 4
1896 9.6% 28 90.4% 264

While most of Utah is deeply Republican, Grand County has become a swing county in recent years. Although Bill Clinton won Grand County in 1992, the county voted for Bob Dole in 1996. In 2000 and 2004 Grand County voted for George W. Bush while supporting the Democratic gubernatorial candidates. In 2008 it was one of three counties in Utah that backed Barack Obama over John McCain. Moab has a significant environmentalist population due to nearby Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. [11]

Sagebrush Rebellion

Grand County was an epicenter of the Sagebrush Rebellion which took place during the late 1970s and early 1980s. One of the first major events in the Rebellion occurred on July 4, 1980. A group of 300 Grand County residents gathered behind a flag-decorated bulldozer, in protest of the inclusion of Mill Creek Canyon as part of a BLM wilderness study area. Despite plowing nearly 200 yards up the canyon, the group never reached the boundary of the study area.

Sagebrush Rebellion
Grand County residents protest a BLM study area on July 4th, 1980.

Paleontology

The Denver Museum of Natural History opened a small Cedar Mountain Formation quarry that has produced diverse dinosaur fossils including theropods and ornithopods of varying states of growth. [12] An adult and juvenile sauropod were also recovered from the quarry. [12] The adult was designated the type specimen of the genus Venenosaurus. [12]

Communities

City

  • Moab (county seat)

Town

Map of Grand County communities

Unincorporated places

Ghost town


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