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Ferron, Utah
Originally a Presbyterian school, this Ferron landmark has been home to American Legion Post 42 since 1942.
Originally a Presbyterian school, this Ferron landmark has been home to American Legion Post 42 since 1942.
Location in Emery County and the state of Utah
Location in Emery County and the state of Utah
Location of Utah in the United States
Location of Utah in the United States
Country United States
State Utah
County Emery
Named for Augustus D. Ferron
Area
 • Total 2.2 sq mi (5.6 km2)
 • Land 2.2 sq mi (5.6 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
5,971 ft (1,820 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,626
 • Density 759/sq mi (293.0/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
84523
Area code(s) 435
FIPS code 49-25180
GNIS feature ID 1441026

Ferron is a city in Emery County, Utah, United States. The population was 1,626 at the 2010 census.

Settlement

Ferron was originally populated by Mormon settlers in 1877.Three families responded to a call from the LDS Church asking to settle in the Castle Valley. They started on November 15, 1877 and arrived about 21 days later. The group spent time creating dugouts and later made their living in farming. Although settled in late 1877 the town had received its name sometime in the late 1860s to early 1870s when a government surveyor was sent under the homestead act to survey the area. The surveyor's name was Augustus D Ferron and, as the tale goes, the agreed to name the creek they camped by Ferron's Creek if he would agree to a "dunking" in the creek. He did so and the creek was then known as Ferron's Creek. Later when the town was settled the "s" was dropped from the name and the creek and town became known as "Ferron".

Geography

Ferron is in western Emery County, along Utah State Route 10, which leads northeast 11 miles (18 km) to Castle Dale, the county seat, and southwest 14 miles (23 km) to Emery. According to the United States Census Bureau, Ferron has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.6 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 299
1900 660 120.7%
1910 1,022 54.8%
1920 463 −54.7%
1930 508 9.7%
1940 515 1.4%
1950 478 −7.2%
1960 386 −19.2%
1970 663 71.8%
1980 1,718 159.1%
1990 1,606 −6.5%
2000 1,623 1.1%
2010 1,626 0.2%
Est. 2015 1,562 −3.9%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,623 people, 512 households, and 415 families residing in the city. The population density was 728.8 people per square mile (281.0/km²). There were 585 housing units at an average density of 262.7 per square mile (101.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.78% White, 0.25% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.43% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.60% of the population.

There were 512 households out of which 47.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.1% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.9% were non-families. 17.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.06 and the average family size was 3.50.

In the city, the population was spread out with 35.6% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 99.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $38,625, and the median income for a family was $44,688. Males had a median income of $42,400 versus $21,458 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,034. About 8.9% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.8% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.

Climate

Climate data for Ferron, UT
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 63
(17.2)
68
(20)
81
(27.2)
86
(30)
96
(35.6)
100
(37.8)
102
(38.9)
104
(40)
97
(36.1)
88
(31.1)
77
(25)
64
(17.8)
104
(-17.8)
Average high °F (°C) 36.1
(2.28)
41.7
(5.39)
51.5
(10.83)
61.2
(16.22)
70.9
(21.61)
81.4
(27.44)
88.0
(31.11)
85.5
(29.72)
77.7
(25.39)
65.6
(18.67)
50.1
(10.06)
38.2
(3.44)
62.33
(16.847)
Average low °F (°C) 11.5
(-11.39)
17.6
(-8)
25.9
(-3.39)
33.6
(0.89)
42.8
(6)
51.6
(10.89)
58.5
(14.72)
56.0
(13.33)
47.2
(8.44)
35.6
(2)
23.4
(-4.78)
13.8
(-10.11)
34.79
(1.551)
Record low °F (°C) -17
(-27.2)
-15
(-26.1)
1
(-17.2)
13
(-10.6)
22
(-5.6)
27
(-2.8)
39
(3.9)
35
(1.7)
22
(-5.6)
8
(-13.3)
-4
(-20)
-21
(-29.4)
-21
(-17.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.66
(16.8)
0.60
(15.2)
0.57
(14.5)
0.51
(13)
0.69
(17.5)
0.50
(12.7)
0.87
(22.1)
1.01
(25.7)
0.95
(24.1)
0.92
(23.4)
0.52
(13.2)
0.54
(13.7)
8.34
(211.8)
Snowfall inches (cm) 8.2
(20.8)
6.4
(16.3)
3.2
(8.1)
1.0
(2.5)
0.1
(0.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.1
(0.3)
0.1
(0.3)
0.6
(1.5)
2.1
(5.3)
5.6
(14.2)
27.4
(69.6)
Source: http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?ut2798
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