List of counties in Utah

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Map of Utah divided into its 29 counties, each labeled with two letters. The most northwestern county is labeled "BE".
A state map of Utah with each of the counties labeled
RH
CH
BE
TO
DA
WB
MO
SL
SU
DA
UI
CA
DU
WS
UT
JB
MI
SP
SV
EM
GR
SJ
WN
PT
BV
IR
GA
KN
WA

There are 29 counties in the U.S. state of Utah. There were originally seven counties established under the provisional State of Deseret in 1849: Davis, Iron, Sanpete, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah, and Weber.[1] The Territory of Utah was created in 1851 with the first territorial legislature meeting from 1851–1852. The first legislature re-created the original counties from the State of Deseret under territorial law as well as establishing three additional counties: Juab, Millard, and Washington. All other counties were established between 1854 and 1894 by the Utah Territorial Legislature under territorial law except for the last two counties formed, Daggett and Duchesne. They were created by popular vote and by gubernatorial proclamation after Utah became a state.[2] Present-day Duchesne County encompassed an Indian reservation that was created in 1861. The reservation was opened to homesteaders in 1905 and the county was created in 1913.[3] Due to bad roads and weather, residents in present-day Daggett County had to travel 400 to 800 miles (640 to 1,290 km) to conduct business in Vernal, the county seat for Uintah County. In 1917, all Uintah County residents voted to create Daggett County.[4]

Based on the 2010 United States Census data, the population of Utah was 2,763,885. Just over 75% of Utah's population is concentrated along four Wasatch Front counties of Salt Lake, Utah, Davis, and Weber. Salt Lake County was the largest county in the state with a population of 1,029,655, followed by Utah County with 516,564, Davis County with 306,479 and Weber County with 231,236. Daggett County was the least populated with 1,059 people. The largest county in land area is San Juan County with 7,821 square miles (20,260 km2) and Davis County is the smallest with 304 square miles (790 km2).[5]

The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code, which is used by the United States government to uniquely identify states and counties, is provided with each county.[6] Utah's FIPS code is 49, which when combined with any county code would be written as 49XXX. In the FIPS code column in the table below, each FIPS code links to the most current census data for that county.[7]

Counties[edit]

County
FIPS code
[7]
County seat
[2][8]
Established
[2][8]
Origin
[2]
Etymology
[9][10]
Population
(2010)[5]
Area
(2010) [11]
Map
Beaver County001Beaver1856Part of Iron County[12]The many beavers in the area6,6292,590 sq mi
(6,708 km2)
State map highlighting Beaver County
Box Elder County003Brigham City1856Part of Weber CountyThe many Box Elder trees in the area49,9755,746 sq mi
(14,882 km2)
State map highlighting Box Elder County
Cache County005Logan1857Part of Weber County[12]Caches of furs made by Rocky Mountain Fur Company trappers112,6561,165 sq mi
(3,017 km2)
State map highlighting Cache County
Carbon County007Price1894Part of Emery CountyThe vast coal beds in the county.[13]21,4031,478 sq mi
(3,828 km2)
State map highlighting Carbon County
Daggett County009Manila1919Part of Uintah CountyEllsworth Daggett (1810–1880), the first Utah Surveyor General1,059697 sq mi
(1,805 km2)
State map highlighting Daggett County
Davis County011Farmington1850Original county of State of DeseretDaniel C. Davis (1804–1850), Mormon Battalion captain295,332299 sq mi
(774 km2)
State map highlighting Davis County
Duchesne County013Duchesne1913Part of Wasatch CountyUncertain; likely origins are a Ute word translated "dark canyon", the French and Indian War site of Fort Duquesne (the county's initial settlement was also a fortress), the corrupted name of an area Indian chief, or the name of French fur trapper and explorer.18,6073,241 sq mi
(8,394 km2)
State map highlighting Duchesne County
Emery County015Castle Dale1880Part of Sanpete County[14]George W. Emery (1830–1909), Governor of the Utah Territory from 1875–188010,9764,462 sq mi
(11,557 km2)
State map highlighting Emery County
Garfield County017Panguitch1882Part of Iron CountyJames A. Garfield (1831–1881), President of the United States in 18815,1725,175 sq mi
(13,403 km2)
State map highlighting Garfield County
Grand County019Moab1890Part of Emery CountyThe Grand River, since renamed to the Colorado River9,2253,672 sq mi
(9,510 km2)
State map highlighting Grand County
Iron County021Parowan1850Original county of State of DeseretIron mines west of Cedar City.[15]46,1633,297 sq mi
(8,539 km2)
State map highlighting Iron County
Juab County023Nephi1852Original county of Territory of UtahA Native American word translated "thirsty valley"10,2463,392 sq mi
(8,785 km2)
State map highlighting Juab County
Kane County025Kanab1864Part of Washington CountyThomas L. Kane (1822–1883), U.S. Army officer who spoke in favor of the Mormon migration and settlement of Utah7,1253,990 sq mi
(10,334 km2)
State map highlighting Kane County
Millard County027Fillmore1851Original county of Territory of UtahMillard Fillmore (1800–1874), President of the United States from 1850 to 185312,5036,572 sq mi
(17,021 km2)
State map highlighting Millard County
Morgan County029Morgan1862Part of Davis County[16]Jedediah Morgan Grant (1816–1856), an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints9,469609 sq mi
(1,577 km2)
State map highlighting Morgan County
Piute County031Junction1865Part of Beaver CountyThe Piute tribe of Native Americans who lived in the area1,556758 sq mi
(1,963 km2)
State map highlighting Piute County
Rich County033Randolph1864Part of Cache CountyCharles C. Rich (1809–1883), an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints2,2641,029 sq mi
(2,665 km2)
State map highlighting Rich County
Salt Lake County035Salt Lake City1849Original county of State of DeseretThe Great Salt Lake, the largest terminal lake in the Western Hemisphere1,029,665742 sq mi
(1,922 km2)
State map highlighting Salt Lake County
San Juan County037Monticello1880Parts of Kane, Iron, and Piute countiesNamed for the San Juan River, a 400-mile (640 km) tributary of the Colorado river located in southern Colorado and Utah14,7467,820 sq mi
(20,254 km2)
State map highlighting San Juan County
Sanpete County039Manti1849Original county of State of DeseretUncertain, possibly from a Ute Chief named San Pitch27,8821,590 sq mi
(4,118 km2)
State map highlighting Sanpete County
Sevier County041Richfield1862Part of Sanpete CountyThe Sevier River, a 280-mile (450 km) mile river in central Utah20,8021,911 sq mi
(4,949 km2)
State map highlighting Sevier County
Summit County043Coalville1854Part of Salt Lake and Green River counties[17]High elevations in the county, which includes 39 of Utah's highest peaks36,3241,872 sq mi
(4,848 km2)
State map highlighting Summit County
Tooele County045Tooele1849Original county of State of DeseretUncertain, either from the Goshute Tribe Chief Tuilla or the Tules plant that grew in the marshes58,2186,941 sq mi
(17,977 km2)
State map highlighting Tooele County
Uintah County047Vernal1880Part of Wasatch[18]The Uintah band of the Ute tribe who lived in the area32,5884,480 sq mi
(11,603 km2)
State map highlighting Uintah County
Utah County049Provo1849Original county of State of DeseretYuta, the Spanish name for the Ute tribe516,5642,003 sq mi
(5,188 km2)
State map highlighting Utah County
Wasatch County051Heber City1862Part of Utah and Sanpete counties[19]A Native American word meaning "mountain pass", also the name of the Wasatch Range23,5301,176 sq mi
(3,046 km2)
State map highlighting Wasatch County
Washington County053St. George1852Original county of Territory of UtahGeorge Washington (1732–1799), President of the United States from 1789 to 1797138,1152,426 sq mi
(6,283 km2)
State map highlighting Washington County
Wayne County055Loa1892Part of Piute CountyWayne Robinson, the son of Utah state legislator Willis Robinson, who was killed by a horse while both men traveled to a legislative session.2,5892,461 sq mi
(6,374 km2)
State map highlighting Wayne County
Weber County057Ogden1849Original county of State of DeseretThe Weber River, a 125 miles (201 km) tributary of the Great Salt Lake231,236576 sq mi
(1,492 km2)
State map highlighting Weber County

Former counties[edit]

There were ten counties in the Territory of Utah that were absorbed by other states or Utah counties.

County[2]Established[2]Superseded[2]Etymology[10]Present location[2]
Carson County18541861Named for the Carson River, a 150-mile (240 km) river in Nevada and California that originates from the Sierra Nevada MountainsNevada
Cedar County18561862Named for the numerous cedar trees growing in the area (which are actually juniper trees)[20]Utah County
Desert County18521862Named for the surrounding desertBox Elder County, Tooele County and Nevada
Greasewood County18561862Named for the greasewood plant growing in the areaBox Elder County
Green River County18521872Named for the Green River, a 730-mile (1,170 km) tributary of the Colorado River that runs through Wyoming, Colorado and UtahCache, Weber, Morgan, Davis, Wasatch, Summit, Duchesne, Carbon, and Utah Counties, and Wyoming and Colorado
Humboldt County18561861Named for the Humboldt River, a 300-mile (480 km) river in Nevada and longest river in the Great BasinNevada
Malad County18561862Named for the Malad River, the name being French for "sickly"Box Elder County
Rio Virgin County18691872Named for the Virgin River, a 160 miles (260 km) long tributary of the Colorado River located in southern Utah and NevadaWashington County, Nevada and Arizona
St. Mary's County18561861Named after the Mary's River, which was later renamed to the Humboldt RiverNevada
Shambip County18561862Goshute Native American Tribe word for Rush LakeTooele County

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Industrial Commission of Utah (1920). Report of the Industrial Commission of Utah. Kaysville, Utah: Inland Publishing Company. p. 346. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Population and Housing Occupancy Status: 2010 - State -- County". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "FIPS Publish 6-4". National Institute of Standards and Technology. Retrieved July 20, 2007. 
  7. ^ a b "EPA County FIPS Code Listing". US Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved February 23, 2008. 
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  15. ^ "Palladon Ventures". Palladon Ventures. Retrieved April 28, 2010. 
  16. ^ Tullidge, Edward William (1889). Tullidge's histories, (volume II) containing the history of all the northern Utah. Salt Lake City: Juvenile Instructor. p. 118. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
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