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Highland, Utah
Highland at night, January 2008
Highland at night, January 2008
Location in Utah County and the state of Utah
Location in Utah County and the state of Utah
Country United States
State Utah
County Utah
Settled 1870s
Incorporated July 13, 1977
Area
 • Total 8.64 sq mi (22.39 km2)
 • Land 8.64 sq mi (22.39 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
4,977 ft (1,517 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 15,523
 • Estimate 
(2019)
19,175
 • Density 2,218.30/sq mi (856.48/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
84003
Area code(s) 385, 801
FIPS code 49-35190
GNIS feature ID 1448472
Website www.highlandcity.org

Highland is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States. It is approximately 30 miles (48 km) south of Salt Lake City and is part of the ProvoOrem Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the 2010 census the population was 15,523, a 90.0% increase over the 2000 figure of 8,172.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.5 square miles (22.1 km2), all of it land.

History

Highland was settled by homesteaders in the 1870s. It was named by Scottish Mormon immigrants who felt the area resembled the highlands of Scotland.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 195
1910 171 −12.3%
1920 247 44.4%
1930 277 12.1%
1940 270 −2.5%
1950 287 6.3%
1970 208
1980 2,435 1,070.7%
1990 5,002 105.4%
2000 8,172 63.4%
2010 15,523 90.0%
2019 (est.) 19,175 23.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2010 census Highland had a population of 15,523. The median age was 22. The racial makeup of the population was 95.9% white, 0.5% black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.7% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from some other race and 1.5% from two or more races. 2.8% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

At the 2000 census there were 8,172 people in 1,804 households, including 1,733 families, in the city. The population density was 1,174.0 people per square mile (453.3/km2). There were 1,864 housing units at an average density of 267.8 per square mile (103.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.49% White, 0.12% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.73% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.17%.

Of the 1,804 households 66.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 90.6% were married couples living together, 4.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 3.9% were non-families. 3.3% of households were one person and 1.7% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 4.53 and the average family size was 4.64.

The age distribution was 45.1% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 17.3% from 45 to 64, and 4.3% 65 or older. The median age was 21 years. For every 100 females, there were 104.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.2 males.

The median household income was $80,053 and the median family income was $81,086. Males had a median income of $57,318 versus $24,440 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,614. About 1.8% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.6% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Education

2015-11-03 11 15 37 View from an airplane of the cities of Lehi, American Fork and Highland, Utah along Interstate 15
View of Lehi (foreground), American Fork (upper right) and Highland (upper left) from an airplane, November 2015

Highland Public schools are part of the Alpine School District. Vern Henshaw is the Superintendent of Schools.

Notable people

  • Thurl Bailey, retired NBA basketball player, whose career spanned from 1983 to 1999 with the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Fraser Bullock, Managing Director of Sorenson Capital and former COO of the 2002 Winter Olympics
  • Blair Buswell, artist who specializes in sports sculptures
  • Ashly DelGrosso, dancer who starred on Dancing with the Stars for the first three seasons
  • Larry M. Gibson, entrepreneur and former first counselor in general presidency of the Young Men organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Tyler Haws, BYU basketball player
  • Brandon Mull, writer, best known as the author of the popular Fablehaven series
  • Dennis Smith, sculptor
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