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Cache County
Cache County Courthouse, July 2009
Cache County Courthouse, July 2009
Map of Utah highlighting Cache County
Location within the U.S. state of Utah
Map of the United States highlighting Utah
Utah's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Utah
Founded January 5, 1856 (created)
April 4, 1857 (organized)
Named for Fur trade
Seat Logan
Largest city Logan
 • Total 1,173 sq mi (3,040 km2)
 • Land 1,165 sq mi (3,020 km2)
 • Water 8.2 sq mi (21 km2)  0.7%
 • Total 133,154
 • Density 113.52/sq mi (43.829/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 1st

Cache County ( kash) is a county located in the Wasatch Front region of Utah. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 133,154, with an estimated 140,173 in 2022. Its county seat and largest city is Logan. Cache County is included in Logan metropolitan area.


Indigenous peoples occupied the valleys of present Cache County as much as 10,000 BCE. Near the present epoch, the valley served the Plains Indians and the Shoshone. Trappers and explorers visited the area in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. John Henry Weber and Jim Bridger came through in 1824; Peter Skene Ogden and James Beckwourth passed through in 1825.

In July 1855, a group of settlers from the LDS Church drove a herd of cattle into the valley and camped at Haw Bush Spring (present Elkhorn Ranch). However, the cold winter drove the settlers back to the Salt Lake Valley. Peter Maughan, who had requested better land for agriculture for the families of his settlement in Lake Point, Utah, was called by President Brigham Young to establish a new settlement in the Cache Valley. On September 15, 1856, he established Maughan's Fort, which grew into present day Wellsville. More settlers arrived in the valley, and by 1859 the settlements of Providence, Mendon, Logan, Richmond, and Smithfield had been established.

In preparation for this influx, the Utah Territory legislature created a county, effective January 5, 1856, with seats and government incomplete. By April 4, 1857, the organization was completed, and Logan became the seat. It was named for the fur stashes, known in French as Caches, made by many of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company trappers. The county gained area in 1862 when its boundary lines with adjacent counties were adjusted. In 1863, the federal government enacted the Idaho Territory, which administratively removed the described portions of Cache County that lay north of the territorial border. Then in 1864, the east part of the county was partitioned to become Rich County. The borders of Cache County have remained in their present state since 1864.

A rail line between Brigham City and Logan was completed in 1873 (Utah and Northern Railway). The line was extended into Idaho, and a connection was made to the transcontinental railroad, which opened the world to Cache County; their crops (especially grain and dairy) began moving to broader markets. The county's sheep population also burgeoned, from 10,000 in 1880 to 300,000 by 1900. By 1900 the Forest Service began regulating grazing practices, which brought the sheep population under control.

There were 16,000 dairy cows in Cache County in 1910. Commercial creameries, flour mills, woolen mills, and knitting factories developed around the farm-based economy. Cache presently continues as the state's leader in dairy products and as a major producer of hay, alfalfa, and grain.


Cache County lies on the north edge of Utah. Its north border abuts the south border of the state of Idaho. On the western edge of the county are the Wellsville Mountains and on the eastern edge are the Bear River Mountains, both northern branches of the Wasatch Range. The Cache Valley reaches north to the state border. The Bear River Mountains, the northernmost extension of the Wasatch Range, cover the eastern half of the county. The county's highest elevation is Naomi Peak in the northeast part of the county, at 9,979 feet (3,042 m) above sea level. The Bear River flows through Cache Valley. The county has a total area of 1,173 square miles (3,040 km2), of which 1,165 square miles (3,020 km2) is land and 8.2 square miles (21 km2) (0.7%) is water.

Major highways

  • U.S. Highway 89
  • U.S. Highway 91
  • State Route 23
  • State Route 30
  • State Route 101
  • State Route 142
  • State Route 165
  • State Route 200
  • State Route 218
  • State Route 252

Adjacent counties

Protected areas

  • Cache National Forest (part)
  • Caribou National Forest (part)
  • Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area (state park)
  • Tony Grove Lake Campground (US Forest Service)
  • Millville Face Wildlife Management Area


  • Crescent Lake
  • Cutler Reservoir
  • Hyrum Reservoir
  • Newton Reservoir
  • Porcupine Reservoir
  • Tony Grove Lake


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 15,509
1900 18,139 17.0%
1910 23,062 27.1%
1920 26,992 17.0%
1930 27,424 1.6%
1940 29,797 8.7%
1950 33,536 12.5%
1960 35,788 6.7%
1970 42,331 18.3%
1980 57,176 35.1%
1990 70,183 22.7%
2000 91,391 30.2%
2010 112,656 23.3%
2020 133,154 18.2%
2022 (est.) 140,173 24.4%
US Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2018 2019 2020


As of 2015, the largest self-reported ancestry groups in Cache County were:

  • 27.9% were of English ancestry
  • 12.1% were of German ancestry
  • 7.3% were of Danish ancestry.
  • 6.1% were of American ancestry
  • 5.2% were of Swedish ancestry
  • 5.0% were of Scottish ancestry
  • 4.5% were of Irish ancestry
  • 3.0% were of Norwegian ancestry
  • 2.6% were of Welsh ancestry
  • 2.1% were of Italian ancestry
  • 2.0% were of Swiss ancestry
  • 2.0% were of Dutch ancestry
  • 1.5% were of French ancestry
  • 0.7% were of Polish ancestry


As of 2016, the largest self-reported ancestry groups in Cache County were:

  • 28.3% were of English ancestry
  • 11.6% were of German ancestry
  • 7.4% were of Danish ancestry.
  • 5.9% were of American ancestry
  • 5.3% were of Swedish ancestry
  • 5.1% were of Scottish ancestry
  • 4.6% were of Irish ancestry
  • 2.9% were of Norwegian ancestry
  • 2.7% were of Welsh ancestry
  • 2.2% were of Italian ancestry
  • 2.2% were of Swiss ancestry
  • 1.8% were of French ancestry
  • 1.7% were of Dutch ancestry
  • 0.8% were of Polish ancestry


Cache County Utah incorporated and unincorporated areas
Map of Cache County communities




  • College-Young (merger of the unincorporated communities of College Ward and Young Ward)

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

  • White Horse Village

Former communities


School districts

  • Cache County School District
  • Logan City School District



See also

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