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Roy, Utah
Roy Municipal Center
Roy Municipal Center
Location in Weber County and the state of Utah
Location in Weber County and the state of Utah
Country United States
State Utah
County Weber
Settled 1873
Incorporated March 10, 1937
Named for Roy Peebles
Government
 • Type Mayor-council government
Area
 • Total 8.14 sq mi (21.07 km2)
 • Land 8.13 sq mi (21.07 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
4,541 ft (1,384 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 36,884
 • Estimate 
(2019)
39,613
 • Density 4,869.45/sq mi (1,880.14/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP codes
84067, 84401
Area code(s) 385, 801
FIPS code 49-65110
GNIS feature ID 1432035
Website Roy City

Roy is a city in Weber County, Utah, United States, located on the west side of Interstate 15. The population estimate in 2019 was 39,613, an increase of 5.8% from 36,884 at the 2010 Census. It is part of the OgdenClearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is considered a suburb of nearby Ogden, although some small businesses are present in Roy.

History

Roy was settled in 1873 by William Evans Baker, twenty-five years after Ogden. Most of the surrounding communities had been settled prior to that time. On May 24, 1894, a post office was established. Previously known as Central City, Sandridge, the Basin, and Lakeview - Roy was ultimately named for a local school teacher's child, Roy C. Peebles, who had died. The City of Roy was incorporated on March 10, 1937. Joseph William Jensen was the first mayor of Roy for 6 years, as elected by the commissioners.

Businesses in Roy were limited until the early 1940s. A gas station, a couple of grocery stores, a cafe, and a lumber yard made up the modest business district. However, Roy developed rapidly during World War II. Roy housed many of the workers and personnel from adjacent military installations, including Hill Air Force Base, the Navy Supply Depot (now the Freeport Center), and the Defense Supply Depot.

September 1953 marked a milestone in Roy's history—Roy received a charter to establish the first branch bank in the state of Utah. This branch of the Bank of Utah pioneered the way for other banks to establish branches throughout the state. Norton Parker, son of Mayor Dean Parker, was the first Manager of this new branch bank.

Today, Roy has many types of businesses and services. Roy was designated as "Weber County's Fastest Growing City," with a population of 24,603 in 1990 and 36,884 in 2010 census. There are sewer, gas, and electrical systems and three water systems: a canal, a culinary water system, and a secondary water system. A large museum containing Roy memorabilia was built in 1993.

Geography

Roy is located at 41°10′14″N 112°02′55″W / 41.170614°N 112.048674°W / 41.170614; -112.048674 (41.170614, −112.048674).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.6 square miles (19.7 km2), all land. Roy is six miles (10 km) southwest of Ogden, bordering Hill Air Force Base on the east and the town of Hooper on the west.

Climate

Roy is located in the Wasatch Front, an area that sees precipitation in spring, autumn and winter, but very little in the summer months. Average precipitation in Roy is about 18 inches. July is the hottest month, while December is the coldest. During the summer, temperatures can sometimes climb into the 100s, while during the winter, temperatures can drop below zero. Snow is Roy's most common type of precipitation, although it does receive a certain amount of rain in spring and autumn.

Climate data for Roy, Utah
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 63
(17.2)
68
(20)
78
(25.6)
87
(30.6)
96
(35.6)
103
(39.4)
108
(42.2)
104
(40)
100
(37.8)
95
(35)
75
(23.9)
64
(17.8)
108
(42.2)
Average high °F (°C) 37
(2.8)
43
(6.1)
54
(12.2)
64
(17.8)
74
(23.3)
84
(28.9)
94
(34.4)
92
(33.3)
81
(27.2)
66
(18.9)
50
(10)
38
(3.3)
64.8
(18.19)
Daily mean °F (°C) 27
(-2.8)
32.8
(0.44)
41.2
(5.11)
50
(10)
58.9
(14.94)
67.6
(19.78)
76
(24.4)
73.8
(23.22)
63.9
(17.72)
52.4
(11.33)
38.9
(3.83)
30
(-1.1)
51
(10.6)
Average low °F (°C) 19
(-7.2)
23
(-5)
32
(0)
38
(3.3)
46
(7.8)
54
(12.2)
61
(16.1)
59
(15)
49
(9.4)
39
(3.9)
29
(-1.7)
21
(-6.1)
39.2
(3.98)
Record low °F (°C) −26
(-32.2)
−21
(-29.4)
4
(-15.6)
5
(-15)
25
(-3.9)
32
(0)
39
(3.9)
35
(1.7)
28
(-2.2)
18
(-7.8)
−14
(-25.6)
−18
(-27.8)
−26
(-32.2)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.78
(45.2)
1.68
(42.7)
1.84
(46.7)
1.88
(47.8)
2.06
(52.3)
1.32
(33.5)
0.58
(14.7)
0.74
(18.8)
1.37
(34.8)
1.85
(47)
1.67
(42.4)
1.65
(41.9)
18.42
(467.9)
Source: weather.com

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 183
1910 447 144.3%
1920 558 24.8%
1930 670 20.1%
1940 868 29.6%
1950 3,723 328.9%
1960 9,239 148.2%
1970 14,356 55.4%
1980 19,694 37.2%
1990 24,603 24.9%
2000 32,885 33.7%
2010 36,884 12.2%
2019 (est.) 39,613 7.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 36,884 people, 10,689 households, and 8,604 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,853 people per square mile (1,872/km2). There were 11,053 housing units at an average density of 1,455.3 per square mile (561.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.75% White, 1.16% African American, 0.59% Native American, 1.79% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 3.64% from other races, and 1.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.68% of the population.

There were 10,689 households, out of which 46.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.8% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.5% were non-families. 15.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.06 and the average family size was 3.43.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 33.5% under the age of 18, 11.6% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 16.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $49,611, and the median income for a family was $53,763. Males had a median income of $37,286 versus $23,793 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,794. About 4.2% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 1.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

Education

Roy is entirely encompassed by Weber School District. There are six elementary schools, two junior highs and one high school.

Lakeview Elementary, Municipal Elementary, and Roy Elementary are located on the south side of Roy, and students are bound to Roy Junior High. Students of North Park Elementary, Valley View Elementary, and Midland Elementary attend Sand Ridge Junior High, although about one-quarter of Midland's populace is zoned to Roy Junior. All students plus those from West Haven Elementary attend Roy High School, a Region 6A high school

Schools

School Grades Served City Students USBE Grade
Lakeview K-6 Roy 458 Developing
Municipal K-6 Roy 371 Developing
Roy K-6 Roy 523 Developing
Midland PK-6 Roy 551 Typical
North Park K-6 Roy 542 Developing
Valley View K-6 Roy 447 Developing
West Haven K-6 West Haven 680 Typical
Roy 7-9 Roy 924 Developing
Sand Ridge 7-9 Roy 883 Developing
Roy 10-12 Roy 1,754 Developing

Transportation

The city is served by Interstate 15 via exit 338, leading to Utah State Route 97 (5600 South), one of Roy's major roads. The northern entrance of Hill Air Force Base is accessible from this exit, making Roy a common destination for those in the military.

FrontRunner has a station in Roy that opened on April 26, 2008, along with the rest of the northern segment. Two sets of train tracks bisect the city at 2700 West, being served by FrontRunner and Union Pacific Railroad.

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