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Box Elder County
Box Elder County Courthouse, January 2010
Box Elder County Courthouse, January 2010
Map of Utah highlighting Box Elder County
Location within the U.S. state of Utah
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Utah's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Utah
Founded January 5, 1856
Named for Box elder tree
Seat Brigham City
Largest city Brigham City
Area
 • Total 6,729 sq mi (17,430 km2)
 • Land 5,746 sq mi (14,880 km2)
 • Water 934 sq mi (2,420 km2)  15%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 57,666
 • Density 8.5698/sq mi (3.30881/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 1st

Box Elder County is a county at the northwestern corner of Utah, United States. As of 2018, the estimated population is 54,950. Its county seat and largest city is Brigham City. The county was named for the box elder trees that abound in the county.

Box Elder County is part of the Ogden-Clearfield, UT Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Salt Lake City-Provo-Orem, UT Combined Statistical Area. Box Elder County.

History

19th century

The California Trail followed Goose Creek from a point just north of the Idaho/Utah border southwest across northwestern Box Elder County to Little Goose Creek in northeastern Elko County, Nevada. The link-up of the first transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah.

20th century

The famous Spiral Jetty was built in 1970.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 6,729 square miles (17,430 km2), of which 5,746 square miles (14,880 km2) is land and 984 square miles (2,550 km2) (15%) is water. It is the fourth-largest county in Utah by area.

In the east lie the Wellsville Mountains, a branch of the Wasatch Range. In the west is a large, mostly uninhabited desert area. The Great Salt Lake lies in the southern portion of the county. Interstate 15 runs through the eastern portion merged with Interstate 84 past Brigham City. They split at Tremonton, with 84 heading northwest past Snowville into Idaho and 15 heading north past Plymouth and Portage into Idaho.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,608
1870 4,855 201.9%
1880 6,761 39.3%
1890 7,642 13.0%
1900 10,009 31.0%
1910 13,894 38.8%
1920 18,788 35.2%
1930 17,810 −5.2%
1940 18,832 5.7%
1950 19,734 4.8%
1960 25,061 27.0%
1970 28,129 12.2%
1980 33,222 18.1%
1990 36,485 9.8%
2000 42,745 17.2%
2010 49,975 16.9%
2020 57,666 15.4%
US Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2018 2019 2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 49,975 people, 16,058 households, and 12,891 families in the county. The population density was 8.70/sqmi (3.36/km2). There were 17,326 housing units at an average density of 3.02/sqmi (1.16/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 91.77% White, 0.34% Black or African American, 0.82% Native American, 0.89% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 3.77% from other races, and 2.24% from two or more races. 8.31% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 16,058 households, out of which 41.32% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.44% were married couples living together, 8.69% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.72% were non-families. 17.16% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.39% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.50.

The county population contained 36.60% under the age of 20, 5.55% from 20 to 24, 25.37% from 25 to 44, 21.35% from 45 to 64, and 11.13% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30.6 years. For every 100 females there were 101.59 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.61 males.

2015

As of 2015, the largest self reported ancestry groups in Box Elder County were:

  • 26.0% were of English ancestry
  • 12.7% were of German ancestry
  • 9.3% were of American ancestry
  • 8.4% were of Danish ancestry
  • 5.5% were of Irish ancestry
  • 4.5% were of Scottish ancestry

Communities

Box Elder County Utah incorporated and unincorporated areas
Map of Box Elder County municipalities and CDPs

Cities

Towns

Census designated places

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns

Education

Elementary

  • Century
  • Discovery
  • Fielding
  • Foothill
  • Garland
  • Grouse Creek
  • Lake View
  • McKinley
  • Mountain View
  • North Park
  • Park Valley
  • Snowville
  • Three Mile Creek
  • Willard

Intermediate

  • Alice C. Harris
  • Adele C. Young

Middle

  • Bear River
  • Box Elder

High

  • Bear River
  • Box Elder
  • Dale Young Community

Speciality schools

  • Early Learning Center
  • Independent Life Skills Center

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See also

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