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Tropic, Utah
General store in Tropic (©2001 SW Clyde, courtesy of byways.org)
General store in Tropic (©2001 SW Clyde, courtesy of byways.org)
Location in Garfield County and state of Utah
Location in Garfield County and state of Utah
Country United States
State Utah
County Garfield
Area
 • Total 7.94 sq mi (20.55 km2)
 • Land 7.91 sq mi (20.50 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
Elevation
6,309 ft (1,923 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 530
 • Estimate 
(2019)
514
 • Density 64.95/sq mi (25.08/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
84776
Area code(s) 435
FIPS code 49-77560
GNIS feature ID 1446722

Tropic is a town in Garfield County, Utah, United States, along Utah Scenic Byway 12. As of the 2010 census, the town had a population of 530. Tropic was founded in 1891.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 8.4 square miles (21.8 km²), of which, 8.4 square miles (21.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it is water. The total area is 0.24% water.

Climate

The climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year-round.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 379
1910 358 −5.5%
1920 474 32.4%
1930 447 −5.7%
1940 514 15.0%
1950 483 −6.0%
1960 382 −20.9%
1970 329 −13.9%
1980 338 2.7%
1990 374 10.7%
2000 508 35.8%
2010 530 4.3%
2019 (est.) 514 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 508 people in the town, organized into 160 households and 132 families. The population density was 60.6 people per square mile (23.4/km2). There were 206 housing units at an average density of 24.6 per square mile (9.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.06% White, 0.39% Native American, 1.38% from other races, and 2.17% from two or more races. There were no African Americans, Asians, or Pacific Islanders. 2.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 160 households, out of which 41.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.8% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.9% were non-families. 13.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.18 and the average family size was 3.52.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 34.6% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 22.0% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 100 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $42,500, and the median income for a family was $44,125. Males had a median income of $32,500 versus $22,222 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,896. 2.1% of the population and 3.0% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 1.0% of those under the age of 18 and 10.0% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

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Cabin of Ebenezer Bryce (©2001 SW Clyde, courtesy of byways.org)
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