Tooele, Utah

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Tooele, Utah
City
Tooele City Hall
Tooele City Hall
Location in Tooele County and the state of Utah
Location in Tooele County and the state of Utah
Location of Utah in the United States
Location of Utah in the United States
Coordinates: 40°32′11″N 112°17′52″W / 40.53639°N 112.29778°W / 40.53639; -112.29778Coordinates: 40°32′11″N 112°17′52″W / 40.53639°N 112.29778°W / 40.53639; -112.29778
CountryUnited States
StateUtah
CountyTooele
Settled1851
Government
 • MayorPatrick Dunlavy
Area
 • Total21.2 sq mi (54.8 km2)
 • Land21.1 sq mi (54.8 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation5,043 ft (1,537 m)
Population (2012)
 • Total32,115
 • Density1,064.4/sq mi (411.0/km2)
Time zoneMountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST)MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code84074
Area code(s)435
FIPS code49-76680[1]
GNIS feature ID1433590[2]
 
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Tooele, Utah
City
Tooele City Hall
Tooele City Hall
Location in Tooele County and the state of Utah
Location in Tooele County and the state of Utah
Location of Utah in the United States
Location of Utah in the United States
Coordinates: 40°32′11″N 112°17′52″W / 40.53639°N 112.29778°W / 40.53639; -112.29778Coordinates: 40°32′11″N 112°17′52″W / 40.53639°N 112.29778°W / 40.53639; -112.29778
CountryUnited States
StateUtah
CountyTooele
Settled1851
Government
 • MayorPatrick Dunlavy
Area
 • Total21.2 sq mi (54.8 km2)
 • Land21.1 sq mi (54.8 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation5,043 ft (1,537 m)
Population (2012)
 • Total32,115
 • Density1,064.4/sq mi (411.0/km2)
Time zoneMountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST)MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code84074
Area code(s)435
FIPS code49-76680[1]
GNIS feature ID1433590[2]

Tooele (Listeni/tˈɛlə/ too-EL) is a city in Tooele County in the U.S. state of Utah. The population was 22,502 at the 2000 census, and 30,708 as of the 2009 estimates.[3] It is the county seat of Tooele County.[4] The city is well known for Tooele Army Depot, privately owned waste-disposal facilities west of Tooele Valley, and TOCDF, a government-owned chemical weapons incinerator south of Tooele Valley.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.2 square miles (54.8 km²), of which 21.1 square miles (54.8 km²) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) (0.09%) is water.

Tooele is located on the western slopes of the Oquirrh Mountains in the Tooele Valley, the next valley west of the well-known Salt Lake Valley. Many popular camping and picnic areas surround the city.

The unusual name for the town is thought by some to have evolved from an old Ute Indian word for tumbleweed. This is only one of many unverified explanations, as the name's usage predated the introduction of the Russian thistle to the United States. Other explanations include that the name derives from a Native American chief, but controversy exists about whether such a chief lived. Others hypothesize that the name comes from "tu-wanda", the Goshute word for "bear", or from "tule", a Spanish word of Aztec origin, meaning "bulrush".

Climate[edit]

The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Dsa" (Dry-summer continental climate).

Climate data for Tooele, Utah (1981–2010)
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °F (°C)39.2
(4)
44.3
(6.8)
53.8
(12.1)
62.4
(16.9)
72.2
(22.3)
82.6
(28.1)
91.7
(33.2)
90.1
(32.3)
79.4
(26.3)
65.3
(18.5)
49.7
(9.8)
39.3
(4.1)
64.2
(17.9)
Average low °F (°C)20.6
(−6.3)
24.1
(−4.4)
31.7
(−0.2)
38.2
(3.4)
46.5
(8.1)
55.4
(13)
63.5
(17.5)
61.9
(16.6)
51.9
(11.1)
40.2
(4.6)
29.3
(−1.5)
21.3
(−5.9)
40.4
(4.7)
Precipitation inches (mm)1.47
(37.3)
1.72
(43.7)
2.45
(62.2)
2.29
(58.2)
2.43
(61.7)
1.16
(29.5)
0.89
(22.6)
0.90
(22.9)
1.41
(35.8)
1.85
(47)
1.89
(48)
1.69
(42.9)
20.15
(511.8)
Snowfall inches (cm)14.6
(37.1)
16.3
(41.4)
12.7
(32.3)
7.1
(18)
1.1
(2.8)
0.1
(0.3)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
2.3
(5.8)
12.2
(31)
17.4
(44.2)
83.8
(212.9)
Source: NOAA[5]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
1860415
1870958130.8%
18801,09614.4%
18901,008−8.0%
19001,26125.1%
19102,841125.3%
19203,61927.4%
19305,13541.9%
19405,001−2.6%
19507,26945.4%
19609,13325.6%
197012,53937.3%
198014,33514.3%
199013,887−3.1%
200022,50262.0%
201031,60540.5%
Est. 201232,1551.7%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 22,502 people, 7,459 households, and 5,825 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,064.4 people per square mile (411.0/km²). There were 7,923 housing units at an average density of 374.8 per square mile (144.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.96% White, 0.74% African American, 1.32% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 3.84% from other races, and 2.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.09% of the population.

The historic Tooele County Courthouse and City Hall in Tooele, Utah.
The Tooele Valley Railroad Complex historic site.
Motorcycle racing at the Miller Motorsports Park.

There were 7,459 households out of which 46.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.6% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.9% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.98 and the average family size was 3.39.

In the city the population was spread out with 34.1% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 15.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $43,862, and the median income for a family was $48,490. Males had a median income of $37,373 versus $24,175 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,580. About 5.0% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.9% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Tooele is located in the Tooele County School District. That district[6] contains 16 elementary schools (Anna Smith, Copper Canyon, Dugway, East, Grantsville, Harris, Ibapah, Middle Canyon, Northlake, Overlake, Rose Springs, Settlement Canyon, Stansbury Park, Vernon, West and Willow), three junior high schools (Grantsville, Tooele and Clarke N. Johnsen) and six high schools (Grantsville,[7] Tooele,[8] Blue Peak, Dugway, Stansbury,[9] and Wendover.[10]) There is also a regional campus of Utah State University and the Tooele Applied Technology College, a campus of the Utah College of Applied Technology within city boundaries.

Tooele is also served by Scholar Academy Charter School.[11]

Infrastructure[edit]

Industry[edit]

Arts festival[edit]

Since 1985, the Tooele Arts Festival, an annual 3-day event since 1998 falling on the last weekend in June, has drawn visitors from around the country who are looking for one-of-a-kind artwork, including paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photographs, sculptures, and live musical entertainment. Children's playground equipment and entertainments are also provided. There is no admission fee for this festival, which is held at a city-owned park west of the city center. For the first several years of its existence the Festival was held near the end of May, but it seemed to coincide with late-spring cold spells, which were disastrous since all the Festival's activities are held out of doors. Due to this unpredictability, sponsors finally decided to move it into June, although this decision puts it in direct competition with the much larger Utah Arts Festival, held in Salt Lake City on the same dates. The 2011 Tooele Arts Festival was cancelled due to lack of volunteers, which was the first time since 1985 that no arts festival was held in Tooele City; however the festival was held again in 2012.

County fair[edit]

Until 2000 the annual Tooele County Fair was held during the first week of August at the Tooele County Fairgrounds, inside Tooele City limits. After that date it has been held at the Deseret Peak Complex, located in the Tooele Valley midway between Tooele City and Grantsville City.

Sister cities[edit]

Tooele has two sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/files/SUB-EST2008-49.csv
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ "NOWData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ Tooele County School District website
  7. ^ Grantsville High School
  8. ^ Tooele High School
  9. ^ Stansbury High School
  10. ^ Wendover High School
  11. ^ Academy website
  12. ^ Greenberg, Peter. "Newsmax Magazine Rates the Top 25 Most Uniquely American Cities And Towns". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 

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