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Box Elder County
Box Elder County Courthouse
Location within the U.S. state of Utah
Utah's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Box elder tree|
|Largest city||Brigham City|
|• Total||6,729 sq mi (17,430 km2)|
|• Land||5,746 sq mi (14,880 km2)|
|• Water||934 sq mi (2,420 km2) 15%%|
|• Density||8.7/sq mi (3.4/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (Mountain)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6 (MDT)|
Box Elder County is a county in the U.S. state of Utah. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 49,975. 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 lies on the north end of the Great Salt Lake, covering a large area north to the Idaho border and west to the Nevada border. Included in this area are large tracts of barren desert, contrasted by high, forested mountains. The Wasatch Front lies along the south-eastern border, where the main cities are found.
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.
The famous Spiral Jetty was built in 1970.
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.
- Cache County (east)
- Weber County (southeast)
- Tooele County (south)
- Elko County, Nevada (west)
- Cassia County, Idaho (north)
- Oneida County, Idaho (north)
National protected areas
- Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
- Caribou-Targhee National Forest (part)
- Golden Spike National Historic Site
- Sawtooth National Forest (part)
- Wasatch-Cache National Forest (part)
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2000, there were 42,745 people, 13,144 households, and 10,804 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 14,209 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.87% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 0.88% Native American, 0.96% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 3.45% from other races, and 1.60% from two or more races. 6.53% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 13,144 households out of which 47.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.00% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.80% were non-families. 16.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.22 and the average family size was 3.63.
In the county, the population was spread out with 36.10% under the age of 18, 10.50% from 18 to 24, 25.40% from 25 to 44, 17.70% from 45 to 64, and 10.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 101.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $44,630, and the median income for a family was $49,421. Males had a median income of $38,814 versus $22,435 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,625. About 5.80% of families and 7.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.30% of those under age 18 and 5.30% of those age 65 or over.
As of the census of 2010, there were 49,975 people, 16,058 households, and 12,891 families residing in the county. The population density was 8.73 people per square mile (3.37/km²). There were 17,326 housing units at an average density of 3.03 per square mile (1.17/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.
In the county, the population was spread out with 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.
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
Census designated places
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