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Alton, Utah
Town
Location in Kane County and the state of Utah
Location in Kane County and the state of Utah
Location of Utah in the United States
Location of Utah in the United States
Country United States
State Utah
County Kane
Founded 1907
Incorporated 1935
Named for Alton Fjord
Area
 • Total 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
 • Land 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
7,041 ft (2,146 m)
Population
 (2012)
 • Total 118
 • Density 300/sq mi (118/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
84710
Area code(s) 435
FIPS code 49-00870
GNIS feature ID 1438182

Alton is a town in Kane County, Utah, United States. The population was 119 at the 2010 census, a decrease from the 2000 figure of 134.

History

Alton was first settled by Lorenzo Wesley Roundy in 1865 and was originally called Roundys Station. Roundy's family was forced to leave due to conflicts with the local American Indians. The community was later called Graham, after Graham Duncan McDonald, a local pioneer. Over the years, many names had been discussed, but a consensus could not be reached. In 1912, a drawing was held at a community event to determine the name of the community. Charles R. Pugh, who had been reading about the Alton Fjord in Norway suggested the name, and it was pulled from the hat by a two-year-old child.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²), all of it land.

Climate

The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Csb" (Mediterranean climate).

Climate data for Alton, Utah
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 3.9
(39)
5.6
(42)
8.9
(48)
13.9
(57)
19.4
(67)
25
(77)
27.8
(82)
26.7
(80)
22.8
(73)
17.2
(63)
10
(50)
5
(41)
15.6
(60)
Average low °C (°F) -9.4
(15)
-7.8
(18)
-5.6
(22)
-2.2
(28)
1.7
(35)
5.6
(42)
10
(50)
9.4
(49)
5.6
(42)
0.6
(33)
-5
(23)
-8.3
(17)
-0.6
(31)
Precipitation mm (inches) 48
(1.9)
46
(1.8)
41
(1.6)
28
(1.1)
20
(0.8)
13
(0.5)
36
(1.4)
43
(1.7)
38
(1.5)
38
(1.5)
30
(1.2)
43
(1.7)
424
(16.7)
Source: Weatherbase

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 106
1910 98 −7.5%
1920 169 72.4%
1930 193 14.2%
1940 239 23.8%
1950 154 −35.6%
1960 116 −24.7%
1970 62 −46.6%
1980 75 21.0%
1990 93 24.0%
2000 134 44.1%
2010 119 −11.2%
Est. 2015 116 −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 119 people in 39 households in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 89% white, 5% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.5% Native American.

The population was 45 percent male and 55 percent female. The population was 38.7 percent under the age of 18 and 20 percent 65 or over.

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