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Beaver County
Old Beaver County courthouse.
Map of Utah highlighting Beaver County
Location within the U.S. state of Utah
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Utah's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 38°20′N 113°14′W / 38.34°N 113.23°W / 38.34; -113.23Coordinates: 38°20′N 113°14′W / 38.34°N 113.23°W / 38.34; -113.23
Country  United States
State  Utah
Founded January 5, 1856
Named for North American beaver
Seat Beaver
Largest city Beaver
Area
 • Total 2,592 sq mi (6,710 km2)
 • Land 2,590 sq mi (6,700 km2)
 • Water 2.1 sq mi (5 km2)  0.08%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 7,072
 • Density 2.7284/sq mi (1.05344/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Beaver County is a county in west central Utah, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 6,629. Its county seat and largest city is Beaver. The county was named for the abundance of beaver in the area.

History

While explorers first visited present-day Beaver County in the 1776 Dominguez–Escalante Expedition, the county was created by the Utah territorial legislature from a section of Iron County on January 5, 1856 when Mormon settlers founded the city of Beaver, Utah. The county was named after the animal which was plentiful there.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,592 square miles (6,710 km2), of which 2,590 square miles (6,700 km2) is land and 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2) (0.08%) is water. The Tushar Mountains lie on the eastern boundary of the county, reaching to 12,000 feet (3,700 m) in elevation, and providing water for the farming communities of Beaver and Manderfield. To the west, barren desert valleys typify the scenery, separated by mountains lightly forested with junipers.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Fishlake National Forest (part)

Demographics

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 6,629 people, 2,265 households, and 1,697 families in the county. The population density was 2.56/sqmi (0.99/km2). There were 2,908 housing units at an average density of 1.12/sqmi (0.43/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 89.0% white, 1.1% Asian, 1.1% American Indian, 0.3% Pacific islander, 0.2% black or African American, 6.9% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 10.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 35.2% were English, 15.5% were German, 10.6% were Irish, 6.8% were Scottish, and 2.3% were American.

Of the 2,265 households, 41.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.2% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 25.1% were non-families, and 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.44. The median age was 31.9 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,514 and the median income for a family was $46,426. Males had a median income of $40,167 versus $26,215 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,131. About 12.6% of families and 17.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.1% of those under age 18 and 15.3% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Beaver County Utah incorporated and unincorporated areas
Map of Beaver County municipalities

Recreation

  • The American Discovery Trail traverses the county running through both Beaver and Milford.
  • Elk Mountain is home to the Eagle Point Ski area.
  • Rock Corral Recreation Area, an area of geologic interest managed by the BLM

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