Garfield County, Utah (UT)

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County population in 2012: 5,095 (all rural); it was 4,735 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 772
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 667
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,245
Renter-occupied apartments: 491 (it was 331 in 2000)
% of renters here:

21%
State:

30%

Land area: 5174 sq. mi.

Water area: 34.0 sq. mi.

Population density: 1 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Garfield County: 82.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (32.4%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (19.8%), Transportation and warehousing,and utilities (10.8%), Educational, health and social services (10.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 48%
  • Government: 9%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 42%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Garfield County, Utah:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (91.6%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (4.5%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (1.5%)
  • Asian alone (1.2%)
  • Two or more races (0.7%)
Median resident age:  39.0 years
Utah median age:  29.0 years
Males: 2,674  (46.8%)
Females: 2,498  (53.2%)
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Average household size:
Garfield County:

2.0 people
Utah:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $46,088 ($35,180 in 1999)

This county:

$46088
Utah:

$59770

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $524 (lower quartile is $352, upper quartile is $605)
This county:

$524
State:

$766


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $153,285 (it was $90,400 in 2000)
Garfield:

$153,285
Utah:

$211,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $98,745 - $227,163
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $925
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $301

Institutionalized population: 171
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2004: 95 buildings, average cost: $84,600
  • 2007: 87 buildings, average cost: $202,600
  • 2008: 50 buildings, average cost: $177,400
  • 2009: 31 buildings, average cost: $174,400

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $721 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $773 (0.5%)

Garfield County household income distribution in 2009 Garfield County home values distribution Garfield County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 11.5%
(11.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 14.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 7.5% for American Indian residents, 9.1% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 11.5%
Garfield County:

11.5%
Utah:

12.7%
(11.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 13.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 6.3% for American Indian residents, 4.3% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 40 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 44 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43 years old, Black residents: 32 years old, American Indian residents: 36 years old, Asian residents: 52 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 21 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Garfield County is $483 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $591 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $837 a month.

Cities in this county include: Panguitch, Escalante, Tropic, Bryce Canyon City, Boulder, Henrieville, Cannonville, Hite, Hatch, Antimony.

Garfield County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Garfield County: Jubilee Guard Station (A), Deer Trail Logde (B), Boynton Lookout (C), Bullfrog Creek Overlook (D), Cedar Mesa Campground (E), Desert Overlook (F), Devils Garden Campground (G), Eagle City (H), Cowpuncher Guard Station (I), Sunrise Point Overlook (J), Farview Point Overlook (K), Piracy Point Overlook (L), Fairyland Point Overlook (M), Swamp Canyon Overlook (N), Inspiration Point Overlook (O), Flint Trail Overlook (P), Panquitch Lake Forest Service Station (Q), Johnson Ranch (R), Hog Springs Campground (S), Hog Springs Picnic Area (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Garfield County: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Widtsoe Cemetery (1), Georgetown Cemetery (2), Spry Cemetery (3), Panguitch City Cemetery (4), Hatch Cemetery (5), Cannonville Cemetery (6), Henrieville Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Grass Lake (A), Dry Lake (B), Sawmill Lake (C), Scout Lake (D), Divide Lake (E), Ridge Lake (F), Blue Lake (G), Seed Lakes (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Threemile Creek (A), Durfey Creek (B), Tommy Creek (C), Speck Creek (D), Spring Branch (E), Road Draw Creek (F), Pistol Creek (G), Maidenwater (H), Star Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Garfield County include: Escalante Petrified Forest State Park (1), Painted Hill RV Park (2), George Hobbs Historical Site (3), Capitol Reef National Park (4), Panguitch KOA (5), Pink Cliffs Village (6), Butch Cassidy Home (7), Bryce Canyon National Park (8). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Beaver County , Iron County , Kane County , Piute County , San Juan County , Wayne County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

5.7%
Utah:

3.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 82
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 85.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 20.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 39 (49% naturalized citizens)

Garfield County:

0.8%
Whole state:

7.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 6
  • 1990 to 1994: 0
  • 1985 to 1989: 0
  • 1980 to 1984: 0
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 4
  • 1970 to 1974: 7
  • 1965 to 1969: 22

Mean travel time to work (commute): 13.9 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 89.6%

Garfield County marital status for males Garfield County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Garfield County with a mortgage: 430 (13 second mortgage, 65 home equity loan, 2 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 447

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

75.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Garfield County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Other3,78115
Catholic501
Evangelical Protestant251
None1,316-
Garfield County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
Garfield County:

2.21 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.37 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

2.21 / 10,000 pop.
Utah:

0.41 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
Garfield County:

17.67 / 10,000 pop.
Utah:

2.82 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 7
This county:

15.46 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.09 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Garfield County:

8.4%
Utah:

6.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Garfield County:

24.2%
State:

23.6%

Agriculture in Garfield County:

Average size of farms: 355 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $26,829
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $57.37
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 91.88%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $29,659
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 10.69%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 98.22%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $58,876
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 83.56%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 16.54

Earthquake activity:

Garfield County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Utah state average. It is 486% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 351.5 miles away from Garfield County center
On 6/28/1992 at 11:57:34, a magnitude 7.6 (6.2 MB, 7.6 MS, 7.3 MW, Depth: 0.7 mi) earthquake occurred 358.0 miles away from the county center, causing 3 deaths (1 shaking deaths, 2 other deaths) and 400 injuries, causing $100,000,000 total damage and $40,000,000 insured losses
On 10/16/1999 at 09:46:44, a magnitude 7.4 (6.3 MB, 7.4 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.3 ML) earthquake occurred 338.0 miles away from the county center
On 12/21/1932 at 06:10:09, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 337.3 miles away from the county center
On 7/21/1952 at 11:52:14, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK) earthquake occurred 437.5 miles away from Garfield County center, causing $50,000,000 total damage
On 9/2/1992 at 10:26:20, a magnitude 5.9 (5.7 MB, 5.6 MS, 5.6 MW, 5.9 ML, Depth: 9.3 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 99.2 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Garfield County (5) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
Emergencies Declared: 3

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Germany (31%)
  • Venezuela (18%)
  • Canada (18%)
  • United Kingdom (10%)
  • Japan (10%)
  • Panama (8%)
  • Korea (5%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Garfield County (%):

  • English (48%)
  • United States or American (9%)
  • German (9%)
  • Irish (5%)
  • Danish (4%)
  • Scottish (3%)
  • European (3%)

Garfield County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,304 (66%)
  • Carpooled: 382 (19%)
  • Ferryboat: 2 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 156 (8%)
  • Other means: 32 (2%)
  • Worked at home: 105 (5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Garfield County, Utah in 2000:

  • 94 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 27 people in nursing homes
  • 5 people in other workers' dormitories
  • 2 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms

People in group quarters in Garfield County, Utah in 2010:

  • 89 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 47 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 27 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 8 people in correctional residential facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $41,282.

6.41% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($35,972 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.41%
Utah average:

6.32%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.39% relocated from other counties in Utah ($20,792 average AGI)
3.02% relocated from other states ($15,189 average AGI)
Garfield County:

3.02%
Utah average:

3.05%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Washington County, UT  1.03% ($28,647 average AGI)


7.80% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($28,481 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.80%
Utah average:

6.46%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.51% relocated to other counties in Utah ($13,053 average AGI)
4.29% relocated to other states ($15,435 average AGI)
Garfield County:

4.29%
Utah average:

3.17%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Iron County, UT  1.25% ($39,905 average AGI)
to Clark County, NV  0.77% ($38,923)
to Washington County, UT  0.66% ($-2,818)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 15.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 15.3

Births per 1000 population in Garfield County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 8.7

Deaths per 1000 population in Garfield County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 4.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 9.8

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Garfield County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 779 (712 aged, 67 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 21%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 21%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 22.59
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9216.170
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 993.9
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 43663.88

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1901.570
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 559.280
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 22.37

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 46.82
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 178.970

Household type by relationship:

Households: 5,001

Size of family households: 653 2-persons, 233 3-persons, 169 4-persons, 133 5-persons, 66 6-persons, 64 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 505 1-person, 89 2-persons, 6 3-persons, 10 4-persons, 1 5-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

1,249 married couples with children.
181 single-parent households (57 men, 124 women).

96.5% of residents of Garfield County speak English at home.
1.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (79% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 6% speak English not well).
0.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (65% speak English very well, 35% speak English not well).
0.3% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (73% speak English very well, 27% speak English well).
0.8% of residents speak other language at home (43% speak English very well, 57% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $41,463,000 ($9366 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $335,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $11,893,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $4,426,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $182,000
Federal grants: $6,986,000
Federal procurement contracts: $11,853,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $6,123,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $258,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,139,000
Federal Government insurance: $1,668,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 371
Here:

83 per 1000 residents
State:

103 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 229
Here:

51 per 1000 residents
State:

28 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: 0
Here:

0 per 1000 residents
State:

+20 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -399
Here -89 per 1000 residents
State -14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Garfield County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.56 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.2
State:

7.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.9
State:

4.0

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 5
  • 2000 to 2004: 478
  • 1990 to 1999: 729
  • 1980 to 1989: 465
  • 1970 to 1979: 633
  • 1960 to 1969: 192
  • 1950 to 1959: 278
  • 1940 to 1949: 204
  • 1939 or earlier: 738
Rooms in houses/apartments in Garfield County, Utah
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 3
  • 2 rooms: 12
  • 3 rooms: 35
  • 4 rooms: 133
  • 5 rooms: 276
  • 6 rooms: 226
  • 7 rooms: 201
  • 8 rooms: 160
  • 9+ rooms: 199
  • 1 room: 8
  • 2 rooms: 7
  • 3 rooms: 33
  • 4 rooms: 66
  • 5 rooms: 117
  • 6 rooms: 45
  • 7 rooms: 29
  • 8 rooms: 8
  • 9+ rooms: 18
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Garfield County, Utah
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 3
  • 1 bedroom: 50
  • 2 bedrooms: 226
  • 3 bedrooms: 536
  • 4 bedrooms: 251
  • 5+ bedrooms: 179
  • no bedroom: 8
  • 1 bedroom: 33
  • 2 bedrooms: 94
  • 3 bedrooms: 149
  • 4 bedrooms: 39
  • 5+ bedrooms: 8
Cars and other vehicles available in Garfield County, Utah in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 20
  • 1 vehicle: 260
  • 2 vehicles: 513
  • 3 vehicles: 256
  • 4 vehicles: 138
  • 5+ vehicles: 58
  • no vehicle: 26
  • 1 vehicle: 148
  • 2 vehicles: 115
  • 3 vehicles: 28
  • 4 vehicles: 14
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

62% of Garfield County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 41% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 56% lived in Utah.

Garfield County:

62.2%
State average:

51.0%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $71,700


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 5%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 5%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Garfield County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Wood (29.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (25.0%)
  • Utility gas (18.9%)
  • Electricity (16.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (6.0%)
  • Coal or coke (2.7%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (36.0%)
  • Wood (29.3%)
  • Electricity (15.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (8.5%)
  • Utility gas (7.3%)
  • Coal or coke (3.3%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 4
Here:

0.6%
Utah:

4.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 0
Here:

0.0%
Utah:

3.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 9
Here:

16.7%
Utah:

27.4%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Garfield County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Construction - General: $321,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $1,763,000
    General - Other: $1,582,000
    Corrections - Other: $1,230,000
    Police Protection: $606,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $403,000
    Health Services - Other: $379,000
    Financial Administration: $359,000
    Central Staff Services: $201,000
    General Public Buildings: $76,000
    Libraries: $40,000
    Fire Protection: $19,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $203,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $52,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $3,196,000

Garfield County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $2,234,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Support: $358,000
    All Other: $135,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $150,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $2,758,000
    Interest Earnings: $157,000
    Rents: $18,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $1,313,000
    All Other: $370,000
  • Tax - Total General Sales: $453,000
    Other Selective Sales: $430,000
    Property: $395,000
    NEC: $41,000

Garfield County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $5,113,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $4,739,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $187,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $187,000

Garfield County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $4,945,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Garfield County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Garfield County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Garfield County, UT among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William2275.8 years
James1977.0 years
John1875.5 years
Mary1286.6 years
Robert1071.9 years
Thomas978.3 years
Ruth883.8 years
Ray777.1 years
Joseph778.3 years
George681.2 years
Most common last names in Garfield County, UT among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Griffin2378.8 years
Hatch2077.5 years
Spencer1878.2 years
Henrie1781.7 years
Alvey1680.0 years
Pollock1280.8 years
Porter1178.9 years
Mecham1175.1 years
Davis1071.8 years
Houston1077.4 years
Businesses in Garfield County, UT
NameCountNameCount
Arby's1True Value3
H&R Block1U-Haul1
RadioShack1UPS1
Subway2

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