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Box Elder County, Utah
Map
Map of Utah highlighting Box Elder County
Location in the state of Utah
Map of the USA highlighting Utah
Utah's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1856
Seat Brigham City
Largest City Brigham City
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

6,729 sq mi (17,428 km²)
5,746 sq mi (14,882 km²)
934 sq mi (2,419 km²), 15%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

49,975
8.7/sq mi (3/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.boxeldercounty.org
Named for: Box elder tree
Corinne. Staff of the Daily Reporter. Box Elder County, Utah., 1869 - 1878 - NARA - 517302
Corinne. Staff of the Daily Reporter. Box Elder County, Utah., 1869 - 1878
Box Elder County Float 1912
Box Elder County float, 1912
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Box Elder County (details)

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.

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.

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

  • Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
  • Caribou-Targhee National Forest (part)
  • Golden Spike National Historic Site
  • Sawtooth National Forest (part)
  • Wasatch-Cache National Forest (part)

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%
Est. 2015 52,097 4.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2014

2000 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. Of the 13,144 households, 281 are unmarried partner households: 247 heterosexual, 22 same-sex male, and 12 same-sex female. 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.

2010 census

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.

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


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