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Panguitch, Utah
City
Panguitch Main Street
Panguitch Main Street
Location in Garfield County and state of Utah
Location in Garfield County and state of Utah
Country United States
State Utah
County Garfield
Settled 1864
Incorporated June 10, 1899
Named for Southern Paiute for "big fish"
Area
 • Total 2.14 sq mi (5.53 km2)
 • Land 2.14 sq mi (5.53 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 6,624 ft (2,019 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,520
 • Estimate (2015) 1,481
 • Density 694/sq mi (267.8/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 84759
Area code(s) 435
FIPS code 49-57740
GNIS feature ID 1444170
Website panguitch.com

Panguitch /ˈpŋɡwɪ/ is a city in and the county seat of Garfield County, Utah, United States. The population was 1,520 at the 2010 census, and was estimated in 2015 to be 1,481.

Geography

Panguitch is located in western Garfield County at (37.822234, -112.434650), in the valley of the Sevier River. U.S. Route 89 passes through the center of town, leading north 33 miles (53 km) to Junction and south 45 miles (72 km) to Orderville. Utah State Route 143 leads southwest from Panguitch 17 miles (27 km) to Panguitch Lake in Dixie National Forest.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km2), all of it land.

Climate

Climate data for Panguitch, Utah (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 41.0
(5)
45.2
(7.33)
53.4
(11.89)
61.9
(16.61)
71.4
(21.89)
82.2
(27.89)
87.1
(30.61)
83.9
(28.83)
77.4
(25.22)
64.8
(18.22)
50.6
(10.33)
40.9
(4.94)
63.3
(17.39)
Average low °F (°C) 10.2
(-12.11)
14.6
(-9.67)
21.2
(-6)
26.1
(-3.28)
33.0
(0.56)
39.7
(4.28)
46.7
(8.17)
45.5
(7.5)
37.0
(2.78)
26.4
(-3.11)
17.5
(-8.06)
10.0
(-12.22)
27.3
(-2.61)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.57
(14.5)
0.59
(15)
0.67
(17)
0.57
(14.5)
0.64
(16.3)
0.49
(12.4)
1.14
(29)
1.80
(45.7)
0.98
(24.9)
1.24
(31.5)
0.75
(19.1)
0.46
(11.7)
9.90
(251.5)
Snowfall inches (cm) 5.6
(14.2)
5.3
(13.5)
2.1
(5.3)
0.9
(2.3)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.3
(0.8)
2.4
(6.1)
2.6
(6.6)
19.2
(48.8)
Source: NOAA

History

2010-1101-PanguitchUT
Aerial photo of Panguitch.

Panguitch was first settled in March 1864, when Jens Nielsen, a Danish convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), led a group of pioneers eastward from Parowan and Beaver to the Sevier River. Due to the area's high elevation, 6,600 feet (2,000 m) above sea level, the settlers' initial crops did not mature and the community suffered severely during the first harsh winter. At a crisis point, seven men left the community to seek flour and foodstuffs from surrounding communities. Heavy snow forced the abandonment of wagons and teams, and the men finished their rescue mission on foot, reportedly by laying one quilt after another upon the snow to maintain their footing.

Due to a conflict with native tribes, the Black Hawk War in Utah, the community was temporarily abandoned in 1867 but was resettled in 1871. Some residents specializing in timber and livestock production were quite successful until economic shifts following World War I. Due to the establishment of Bryce Canyon National Park and the designation of nearby areas as national forests, tourism has since played a major role in the local economy.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 846
1890 1,015 20.0%
1900 883 −13.0%
1910 1,338 51.5%
1920 1,473 10.1%
1930 1,541 4.6%
1940 1,979 28.4%
1950 1,501 −24.2%
1960 1,435 −4.4%
1970 1,318 −8.2%
1980 1,343 1.9%
1990 1,444 7.5%
2000 1,623 12.4%
2010 1,520 −6.3%
Est. 2015 1,481 −2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,623 people, 502 households, and 392 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,194.0 people per square mile (460.8/km²). There were 620 housing units at an average density of 456.1 per square mile (176.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.02% White, 0.49% African American, 2.46% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 2.16% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.90% of the population.

There were 502 households out of which 40.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.3% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.9% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.05 and the average family size was 3.55.

In the city, the population was spread out with 32.8% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 106.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,500, and the median income for a family was $39,904. Males had a median income of $28,259 versus $19,375 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,439. About 6.2% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.8% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.


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