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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.

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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.


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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.

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