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Carbon County, Utah
Map
Map of Utah highlighting Carbon County
Location in the state of Utah
Map of the USA highlighting Utah
Utah's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1894
Seat Price
Largest City Price
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,485 sq mi (3,846 km²)
1,478 sq mi (3,828 km²)
6.1 sq mi (16 km²), 0.4%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

20,479
14/sq mi (5/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.carbon.utah.gov
Named for: Abundant coal deposits
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A rock formation in Carbon County

Carbon County is a county located in the U.S. state of Utah. As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,403. Its county seat and largest city is Price. The county is named for the major coal deposits in the area. The Price, UT Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Carbon County.

Carbon County is the second largest natural gas producer in Utah (after Uintah County), with 94 billion cubic feet produced in 2008.

History

Carbon County was part of Emery County which was founded in 1880. The demographics along the Price River changed with the construction of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad in 1883 and the development of coal mines to fuel the railroad. The Utah Territorial Legislature established Carbon County in 1894 naming it after the element Carbon to emphasize the industrial nature of the area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,485 square miles (3,850 km2), of which 1,478 square miles (3,830 km2) is land and 6.1 square miles (16 km2) (0.4%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Manti National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 5,004
1910 8,624 72.3%
1920 15,489 79.6%
1930 17,798 14.9%
1940 18,459 3.7%
1950 24,901 34.9%
1960 21,135 −15.1%
1970 15,647 −26.0%
1980 22,179 41.7%
1990 20,228 −8.8%
2000 20,422 1.0%
2010 21,403 4.8%
Est. 2015 20,479 −4.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2014

As of the 2010 census, there were 21,403 people, 7,978 households, and 5,587 families residing in the county. The population density was 14.48 people per square mile (5.59/km²). There were 9,551 housing units with an average density of 6.46 per square mile (2.49/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.31% White, 0.43% Black or African American, 1.18% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 3.03% from other races, and 2.36% from two or more races. 12.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,978 households, of which 30.16% had children under the age of 18 living with them. 54.50% were married couples living together, 10.65% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.97% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals (one person), and 11.07% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.14.

The population was spread out, with 30.41% under the age of 20, 6.82% aged 20 to 24, 23.73% aged 25 to 44, 25.48% aged 45 to 64, and 13.56% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34.4. For every 100 females, there were 98.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.88 males.

2015

As of 2015 the largest self-reported ancestry groups in Carbon County, Utah are:

Largest ancestries (2015) Percent
English England 22.7%
German Germany 11.9%
Italian Italy 11.1%
Irish Republic of Ireland 6.6%
Danish Denmark 5.9%
Scottish Scotland 4.1%
Swedish Sweden 3.3%
Welsh Wales 1.9%
Dutch Netherlands 1.9%
Polish Poland 1.4%
Norwegian Norway 1.4%

Communities

Carbon County Utah incorporated and unincorporated areas
Map of Carbon County municipalities and CDPs

Cities

Town

Census-designated places

Ghost towns


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