Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
New data show Utah’s richest, most educated, diverse areas

Census » The American Community Survey reveals neighborhood-level information about Utahns and the communities where they live.

First Published Dec 05 2012 10:02 pm • Last Updated Apr 08 2013 11:32 pm

Not a single resident in 21 Utah cities, towns or unincorporated places has a bachelor’s degree. But in the ski resort areas of Summit Park and Snyderville, two of every five adults have degrees.

That’s an example of estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau from its American Community Survey for 2007 to 2011. It provides the only statistics down to the neighborhood level for a variety of social, economic and demographic data.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Combining survey results over the five-year period allows comparing some small areas with large cities — although margins of error are sometimes big — to look at estimates at such things as which areas are the richest, poorest, most educated or have the fewest people able to speak English well.

The following is a look at some of the data, analyzed by The Salt Lake Tribune:

Education » Most of the 21 Utah places where no one age 25 or older is estimated to have a bachelor’s degree are generally small and rural, or on American Indian reservations. They include such places as Hanksville, Mexican Hat, Jensen and Scofield, according to census data.

Some other areas where census data show few residents have bachelor’s degrees include Copperton in Salt Lake County, Huntington and Wendover, all 5 percent; Kearns, 8.7 percent; and West Valley City, 9.9 percent.

The five-year average for all of Utah is 20.1 percent.

Among places in Utah with high estimates of people older than 25 with bachelor’s degrees are Cache Junction, population 38, in Cache County, 53.3 percent; Bluff in San Juan County, 46.6 percent; Summit Park in Summit County, 45.9; Snyderville in Summit County, 41.3; Granite in Salt Lake County, 39.3; and Highland in Utah County, 36.1. Margins of error are large for the small areas.

story continues below
story continues below

Income » Echo, population 56, in Summit County is estimated to have the highest median household income of anywhere in Utah at $170,045 — triple Utah’s statewide median of $57,783.

Others in the top 10 include tiny Ophir in Tooele County, $158,214; Granite, $139,750; Emigration Canyon, $128,337; Summit Park, $127,663; Silver Summit, $119,355; Mountain Green in Morgan County, $110,455; Snyderville, $104,720; Highland, $103,720; and Enterprise in Washington County, $102,891.

At the other extreme, places with the lowest estimated median household incomes are Beryl Junction in Iron County, $16,250; Randlett in Uintah County, $24,583; Hideout in Wasatch County, $24,833; Fort Duchesne, $24,850; and White Mesa in San Juan County, $26,667.

Language » Data estimate that every home in 186 separate Utah places has at least one person who speaks English "very well."

But several places have relatively high percentages of homes where no one older than 14 speaks English "very well."

Those with the highest percentages, according to the census, include Peoa, 40.7 percent; Kamas, 24 percent; Wendover, 20.9; Vineyard, 13.3; South Salt Lake 12.6; Montezuma Creek, 11.5; Coalville, 10.6; Moroni, 10.3; West Valley City, 9.5; Midvale, 7.6; Salt Lake City, 7.2; and Park City, 6.7.

The average statewide was 3 percent.

Next Page >

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.