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Loa, Utah
Town
Aerial view of Loa
Aerial view of Loa
Location in Wayne County and the state of Utah.
Location in Wayne County and the state of Utah.
Country United States
State Utah
County Wayne
Settled 1878
Named for Mauna Loa
Area
 • Total 0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)
 • Land 0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 7,064 ft (2,153 m)
Population (2012)
 • Total 564
 • Density 644/sq mi (248.7/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 84747
Area code(s) 435
FIPS code 49-45530
GNIS feature ID 1442822

Loa is a town in, and the county seat of, Wayne County, Utah, United States, along State Route 24. The population was 572 at the 2010 census.

History

A post office called Loa has been in operation since 1879. The town was named after Mauna Loa, in Hawaii, by a Mormon missionary who had returned from that place.

Geography and climate

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²), all of it land.

Loa sits besides the only source of water known as Spring Creek, which rises 4 miles (6 km) to the north where today is located the state fish hatchery. The drinking water in Loa comes from a spring near Road Creek.

Climate data for Loa, Utah (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 39.2
(4)
42.9
(6.06)
50.4
(10.22)
58.9
(14.94)
67.7
(19.83)
78.0
(25.56)
82.7
(28.17)
80.3
(26.83)
73.4
(23)
61.7
(16.5)
49.3
(9.61)
39.6
(4.22)
60.3
(15.72)
Average low °F (°C) 8.3
(-13.17)
13.2
(-10.44)
20.6
(-6.33)
26.4
(-3.11)
34.6
(1.44)
41.9
(5.5)
48.4
(9.11)
46.8
(8.22)
38.2
(3.44)
28.0
(-2.22)
17.9
(-7.83)
9.7
(-12.39)
27.8
(-2.33)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.36
(9.1)
0.34
(8.6)
0.76
(19.3)
0.45
(11.4)
0.67
(17)
0.68
(17.3)
0.99
(25.1)
1.54
(39.1)
0.78
(19.8)
0.98
(24.9)
0.37
(9.4)
0.41
(10.4)
8.34
(211.8)
Snowfall inches (cm) 4.9
(12.4)
4.4
(11.2)
4.9
(12.4)
1.4
(3.6)
0.4
(1)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.9
(2.3)
3.2
(8.1)
5.6
(14.2)
25.7
(65.3)
Source: NOAA

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 411
1900 443 7.8%
1910 448 1.1%
1920 499 11.4%
1930 343 −31.3%
1940 396 15.5%
1950 437 10.4%
1960 359 −17.8%
1970 324 −9.7%
1980 364 12.3%
1990 444 22.0%
2000 525 18.2%
2010 572 9.0%
Est. 2015 588 2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 525 people, 165 households, and 134 families residing in the town. The population density was 595.5 people per square mile (230.3/km²). There were 203 housing units at an average density of 230.3 per square mile (89.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.24% White, 0.38% Native American and 0.38% Pacific Islander. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.71% of the population.

There were 165 households out of which 46.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.5% were married couples living together, 3.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.2% were non-families. 16.4% of all households were made up of single individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.14 and the average family size was 3.56.

In the town, the population was spread out with 37.0% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 21.0% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,750, and the median income for a family was $35,341. Males had a median income of $25,357 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,842. About 8.5% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.9% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.

Gallery

Loa
Rain over Loa
LDS Church, Loa, Utah
LDS church in Loa

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