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Duchesne County
Duchesne County Courthouse in Duchesne
Duchesne County Courthouse in Duchesne
Map of Utah highlighting Duchesne 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 4, 1915 (proclaimed in effect)
Named for Duchesne River
Seat Duchesne
Largest city Roosevelt
Area
 • Total 3,256 sq mi (8,430 km2)
 • Land 3,241 sq mi (8,390 km2)
 • Water 15 sq mi (40 km2)  0.50%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 19,596
 • Density 6.0184/sq mi (2.3237/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 1st

Duchesne County ( DOO-shayn) is a county in the northeast part of the U.S. state of Utah. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 18,607. Its county seat is Duchesne, and the largest city is Roosevelt.

Etymology

Its name is of uncertain origin, there being seven origins given:

  1. The Ute Indian word doo-shane meaning dark canyon.
  2. Fort Duquesne, built by the French in what is now Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  3. Rose du Chesne, founder of the Sacred Heart in St. Louis, MO.
  4. An early Indian chief in the region.
  5. An 1830s French fur trapper.
  6. Andre Duchesne, a French geographer and historian

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,256 square miles (8,430 km2), of which 3,241 square miles (8,390 km2) is land and 15 square miles (39 km2) (0.5%) is water. The northern part of the county contains part of the Uinta Mountains. The highest natural point in Utah, Kings Peak at 13,528 feet (4,123 m), is located in Duchesne County.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Ashley National Forest (part)
  • Wasatch National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 9,093
1930 8,263 −9.1%
1940 8,958 8.4%
1950 8,134 −9.2%
1960 7,179 −11.7%
1970 7,299 1.7%
1980 12,565 72.1%
1990 12,645 0.6%
2000 14,371 13.6%
2010 18,607 29.5%
US Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2018 2019 2020

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 18,607 people, 6,003 households, and 4,703 families in the county. The population density was 5.74/sqmi (2.22/km2). There were 6,988 housing units at an average density of 2.16/sqmi (0.83/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 89.15% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 4.53% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.27% Pacific Islander, 2.64% from other races, and 2.89% from two or more races. 6.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,003 households, out of which 40.23% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.72% were married couples living together, 8.65% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.66% were non-families. 45.0% of all households had individuals under 18 and 22.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.05 and the average family size was 3.47.

The county population contained 33.91% under the age of 18, 6.56% from 20 to 24, 25.38% from 25 to 44, 20.92% from 45 to 64, and 10.66% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29.7 years. For every 100 females there were 102.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,298, and the median income for a family was $35,350. Males had a median income of $31,988 versus $19,692 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,326. About 14.20% of families and 16.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.60% of those under age 18 and 12.40% of those age 65 or over.

2015

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

Largest ancestries (2015) Percent
English 31.9%
German 10.6%
Irish 7.4%
American 6.4%
Danish 4.5%
Scottish 4.3%
Swedish 3.2%
Italian 2.3%
Norwegian 1.6%
Welsh 3.1%

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