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Tremonton, Utah
Diner in the entrance of Tremonton at the junction of Interstate 15 and Interstate 84 in Utah
Diner in the entrance of Tremonton at the junction of Interstate 15 and Interstate 84 in Utah
"A friendly and progressive place"
"City with a future"
Location in Box Elder County and the state of Utah
Location in Box Elder County and the state of Utah
Location of Utah in the United States
Location of Utah in the United States
Country United States
State Utah
County Box Elder
Settled 1888
Incorporated January 6, 1906
City May 6, 1918
Founded by John Petty
Named for Tremont, Illinois
 • Total 8.02 sq mi (20.77 km2)
 • Land 8.02 sq mi (20.77 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
4,324 ft (1,318 m)
 • Total 7,647
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,148.17/sq mi (443.31/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 435
FIPS code 49-77120
GNIS feature ID 1433664

Tremonton is a city in Box Elder County, Utah. The population was 7,647 at the time of the 2010 census.


Tremonton lies in the Bear River Valley in northeastern Box Elder County. The Malad River flows through the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.8 square miles (20.2 km2), all of it land. Tremonton is located near the junction of Interstate 15 and Interstate 84. It is bordered on the north by the city of Garland, with which it is closely associated. The town of Elwood is 2 miles (3 km) to the southeast.


Although the first settlers came to the Tremonton area in 1888, it remained largely uninhabited until just before 1900, when land agents started promoting the Bear River Valley as a place for Midwestern farmers to relocate. Small groups from Nebraska and Illinois began to arrive in 1898. These settlers were a diverse blend of Protestant faiths, in contrast to their mostly Mormon neighbors. Then an Apostolic Christian Church group came in 1901–1904. The main body was from Tremont, Illinois, joined by a few families from Ohio and Kansas. Mostly of German descent, this group was referred to as the "German colony".

When a townsite was laid out in 1903, the new town was named "Tremont" at the request of the German colony. Within four years, the post office had it renamed "Tremonton" due to confusion with the central Utah town of Fremont. Around 1907 the congregation was caught up in a larger schism of the Apostolic Church. Some moved back to the Midwest, and the German colony came to an end. But the church left a permanent mark in the name of Tremonton, and a nearby cemetery filled with German names.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 368
1910 303 −17.7%
1920 937 209.2%
1930 1,009 7.7%
1940 1,443 43.0%
1950 1,662 15.2%
1960 2,115 27.3%
1970 2,794 32.1%
1980 3,464 24.0%
1990 4,264 23.1%
2000 5,592 31.1%
2010 7,647 36.7%
2019 (est.) 9,206 20.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,592 people, 1,698 households, and 1,397 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,066.8 people per square mile (412.0/km2). There were 1,822 housing units at an average density of 347.6 per square mile (134.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.52% White, 0.16% African American, 0.45% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 5.22% from other races, and 1.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.71% of the population.

There were 1,698 households, out of which 50.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.7% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.7% were non-families. 15.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.26 and the average family size was 3.67.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 39.0% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 14.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $44,784, and the median income for a family was $49,100. Males had a median income of $36,764 versus $22,149 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,737. About 8.3% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.3% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


Some of the major employers include the Malt-O-Meal cereal company, West Liberty Foods, Crump-Reese Motor Co, and Intertape Polymer Group, Inc. In April 2008, La-Z-Boy announced the closure of their Tremonton facility and the layoff of all 630 employees. Some of production was moved to a facility in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.


Tremonton has two elementary schools, McKinley Elementary and North Park. Older students attend Alice C. Harris Intermediate in Tremonton, as well as Bear River Junior High School and Bear River High School, located in nearby Garland, Utah.

Notable people

  • W. Rolfe Kerr, LDS general authority
  • Camille Fronk Olson, professor
  • Marlon Shirley, two-time Paralympic 100m champion
  • Jay Silvester, U.S. Olympian; former Men's Discus world record holder
  • David N. Weidman, retired chairman of the board and CEO of Celanese
  • William A. Wilson, LDS folklorist and scholar
  • RonNell Andersen Jones, professor of law
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