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Morgan County
Devil's Slide, a limestone rock formation in Weber Canyon, November 2013.
Devil's Slide, a limestone rock formation in Weber Canyon, November 2013.
Map of Utah highlighting Morgan 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 17, 1862
Named for Jedediah Morgan Grant
Seat Morgan
Largest city Morgan
Area
 • Total 611 sq mi (1,580 km2)
 • Land 609 sq mi (1,580 km2)
 • Water 1.7 sq mi (4 km2)  0.3%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 12,295
 • Density 20.123/sq mi (7.769/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 1st

Morgan County is a county in northern Utah, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,469. Its county seat and largest city is Morgan. Morgan County is part of the Ogden-Clearfield, UT Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Salt Lake City-Provo-Orem, UT Combined Statistical Area.

History

An early route of the Hastings Cutoff ran through the Morgan Valley and down through a narrow gorge in Weber Canyon. The Donner Party avoided going through the Morgan Valley in order to speed up their journey. However, their alternate route proved more time-consuming.

In 1855, Charles Sreeve Peterson and his family became the first white settlers to take up permanent residence in the Morgan Valley after cutting a road through Weber Canyon.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 611 square miles (1,580 km2), of which 609 square miles (1,580 km2) is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) (0.3%) is water. It is Utah's third-smallest county by land area and smallest by total area.

Major highways

  • I-84.svg Interstate 84

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,972
1880 1,783 −9.6%
1890 1,780 −0.2%
1900 2,045 14.9%
1910 2,467 20.6%
1920 2,542 3.0%
1930 2,536 −0.2%
1940 2,611 3.0%
1950 2,519 −3.5%
1960 2,837 12.6%
1970 3,983 40.4%
1980 4,917 23.4%
1990 5,528 12.4%
2000 7,129 29.0%
2010 9,469 32.8%
2020 12,295 29.8%
US Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2018 2019 2020

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 7,129 people, 2,046 households, and 1,782 families in the county. The population density was 11.7/sqmi (4.52/km2). There were 2,158 housing units at an average density of 3.54/sqmi (1.37/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.11% White, 0.04% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.45% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. 1.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,046 households, out of which 49.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 79.60% were married couples living together, 5.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.90% were non-families. 11.70% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.48 and the average family size was 3.81.

The county population contained 37.10% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 24.30% from 25 to 44, 20.20% from 45 to 64, and 8.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $50,273, and the median income for a family was $53,365. Males had a median income of $42,350 versus $23,036 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,684. About 3.70% of families and 5.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.70% of those under age 18 and 6.90% of those age 65 or over.

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Cities

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated places

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