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Garfield County, Utah

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Named for  James A. Garfield
Congressional district  2nd
Website  garfield.utah.gov
Founded  1882
Largest city  Panguitch
Seat  Panguitch
Time zone  Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Area  13,489 km²
Population  5,083 (2013)
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Rivers  Mammoth Creek, Asay Creek, Sevier River, Colorado River
Points of interest  Bryce Canyon National, Anasazi State Park Museum, Bryce Canyon Lodge, Navajo Loop Trail, Rim Trail
Destinations  Bryce Canyon National, Lake Powell, Escalante, Boulder, Bryce Canyon

Garfield County is a county located in the U.S. state of Utah. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,172, making it the fifth-least populous county in Utah. Its county seat and largest city is Panguitch.

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Map of Garfield County, UT, USA

History

Garfield County was founded in 1882. It was named for James A. Garfield, late President of the United States, who had been assassinated in 1881.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 5,208 square miles (13,490 km2), of which 5,175 square miles (13,400 km2) is land and 33 square miles (85 km2) (0.6%) is water. It is the fifth-largest county in Utah by area. The Colorado River, passing through a deep gorge, forms the eastern boundary. Westward, the cliffs of tributary canyons give way to the barren stretches of the San Rafael Desert, beyond which a variety of mountains, plateaus and canyons make up the terrain. Most of Bryce Canyon National Park lies in the southwestern part of the county and the northern half of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument occupies the middle of the county. A large portion of Capitol Reef National Park lies in the east-central part of the county. A very small part of Canyonlands National Park lies in the northeast corner of the county.

Adjacent counties

  • Wayne County (north)
  • San Juan County (east)
  • Kane County (south)
  • Iron County (west)
  • Beaver County (northwest)
  • Piute County (northwest)
  • National protected areas

  • Bryce Canyon National Park (part)
  • Canyonlands National Park (part)
  • Capitol Reef National Park (part)
  • Dixie National Forest (part)
  • Fishlake National Forest (part)
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (part)
  • Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (part)
  • Demographics

    As of the census of 2000, there were 4,735 people, 1,576 households, and 1,199 families residing in the county. The population density was 1 person per square mile (0/km²). There were 2,767 housing units at an average density of 0 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.95% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 1.84% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.12% from other races, and 1.48% from two or more races. 2.87% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

    There were 1,576 households out of which 38.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.40% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.90% were non-families. 20.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.43.

    In the county, the population was spread out with 32.60% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 23.10% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 14.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 104.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.20 males.

    The median income for a household in the county was $35,180, and the median income for a family was $40,192. Males had a median income of $30,239 versus $20,408 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,439. About 6.10% of families and 8.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.80% of those under age 18 and 10.40% of those age 65 or over.

    References

    Garfield County, Utah Wikipedia


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