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Heber City, Utah
Heber Valley looking southwest toward Deer Creek Reservoir
Heber Valley looking southwest toward Deer Creek Reservoir
Location within Wasatch County and the State of Utah
Location within Wasatch County and the State of Utah
Country United States
State Utah
County Wasatch
Settled 1859
Named for Heber C. Kimball
 • Total 8.99 sq mi (23.29 km2)
 • Land 8.99 sq mi (23.29 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
5,604 ft (1,708 m)
 • Total 11,362
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,899.27/sq mi (733.33/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 435
FIPS code 49-34200
GNIS feature ID 1455878

Heber City is a city in northwestern Wasatch County, Utah. It is 43 miles southeast of Salt Lake City. The population was 11,362 at the time of the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Wasatch County.


Heber City was first settled in 1859 by Robert Broadhead, James Davis and James Gurr. John W. Witt built the first house in the area. The area was under the direction of Bishop Silas Smith who was in Provo. In 1860 Joseph S. Murdock became the bishop over the Latter-day Saints in Heber City and vicinity.

Geography of Heber

Heber City is located at 40°30′24″N 111°24′44″W / 40.506793°N 111.412292°W / 40.506793; -111.412292 (40.506793, -111.412292), at an elevation of 5595 feet.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.5 square miles (8.9 km2), all of it land.

Heber City is in the neighborhood of three large reservoirs, Jordanelle, Deer Creek, and Strawberry.


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Heber City has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 658
1880 1,291 96.2%
1890 1,538 19.1%
1900 1,725 12.2%
1910 2,214 28.3%
1920 2,071 −6.5%
1930 2,477 19.6%
1940 2,748 10.9%
1950 2,936 6.8%
1960 2,936 0.0%
1970 3,245 10.5%
1980 4,362 34.4%
1990 4,782 9.6%
2000 7,291 52.5%
2010 11,362 55.8%
2019 (est.) 17,082 50.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 11,362 people and 3,637 households residing in the city. The population density was 2,113.5 people per square mile (816/km2). There were 3,637 housing units at an average density of 710.5 per square mile (274.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.7% White, 0.4% African American, 0.8% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.4% of the population.

There were 3,362 households, out of which 50.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.6% were non-families. Of all households 15.9% were made up of individuals, and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.35 and the average family size was 3.78. The median age was 28.5 years.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,394, and the median income for a family was $47,481. Males had a median income of $33,816 versus $21,524 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,358. About 4.8% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.7% of those under age 18 and 1.9% of those age 65 or older.


U.S. Route 40 and U.S. Route 189 both cross the city. Interstate 80 is located approximately eighteen miles north of the city and can be accessed via Highway 40 while Interstate 15 can be accessed via Highway 189 through Provo Canyon and is approximately twenty-five miles away. A typical drive to downtown Salt Lake City is 45 to 60 minutes.

Heber City was connected to Provo by a 32-mile-long (51 km) railroad line. The line, completed in 1899, was used by Denver & Rio Grande Western until 1967. Today, a portion of the line is used by the famous Heber Valley Railroad, a heritage railroad open to the public.

The Heber City Municipal Airport, or Russ McDonald Field, FAA identifier HCR, is located two miles south of the city, near the junction of U.S. Route 40 and U.S. Route 189, and is capable of handling aircraft up to large corporate jets, including Gulfstreams and Global Express. Approximately 85 aircraft are based at the airport. The airport is served by a GPS instrument approach procedure, allowing aircraft to arrive at the airport in adverse weather. During the winter ski season, and particularly the Sundance Film Festival, the airport is crowded with corporate jets as it is the closest airport to Park City. The airport is also home to the Heber Valley Airshow, held each summer. The nearest airport with commercial airline service is Salt Lake City International Airport.

Publicly funded transportation is being discussed, but has not yet reached the implementation stage. Currently the only form of public transportation are two round-trips operated by Salt Lake Express on its Vernal - Salt Lake City route.


Heber City has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Utah. Local developers and business leaders cite that there are not enough jobs in the city itself (as 27% of residents commute to Park City or Salt Lake City for work) and wish to improve the city's self-reliance. Average home prices in the valley doubled from 2002–2008 and the population has grown by 25% in that same time period.

Tourism is a year-round industry in the Heber Valley. The winter season features cross-country and downhill skiing, as well as snowboarding and snowmobiling on several trails and the nearby ski resorts of Park City. In the summer and fall, golfing, off roading, hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreational activities are abundant. Heber is also home to the Heber Valley Historic Railroad (HVRR) which was known as the Heber Creeper before 1989.

Heber City's youth are employed largely in the surrounding golf courses, restaurants, and specialty shops in Heber City and the surrounding area. Local contractors and farmers are also a major source of employment for the youth. The adult population work mostly in Park City, Salt Lake City, Provo and Orem. Skiing and Snowboarding is very popular among Heber City's youth, and many people go to Park City mountain resort, Canyons, or Deer Valley, all of which are in Park City. Farming and ranching is a large force in the economy, but this has diminished slightly. The largest local employer is the Wasatch County School District.

Notable people

  • Tyson Apostol (born 1979), winner of Survivor: Blood vs. Water
  • J. Reuben Clark (1871–1961), attorney, author, LDS apostle
  • Ernie Lively (1947–2021), actor and father of actress Blake Lively and actor Eric Lively, as well as stepfather of actor Jason Lively and actresses Lori Lively and Robyn Lively
  • Jason Lively (born 1968), actor and entrepreneur
  • Cael Sanderson (born 1979), the only four-time undefeated collegiate wrestling champion in NCAA history; 2004 Olympic Gold medalist in freestyle wrestling

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