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Washington County, Utah
Map of Utah highlighting Washington County
Location in the state of Utah
Map of the U.S. highlighting Utah
Utah's location in the U.S.
Founded 1852
Named for George Washington
Seat St. George
Largest city St. George
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

2,430 sq mi (6,293 km²)
2,427 sq mi (6,285 km²)
3 sq mi (8 km²), 0.13%
 - (2010)
 - Density

57/sq mi (22/km²)

Washington County 5th District Courthouse, 2010

Road to Zion National Park

Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Utah. Washington County is included in the St. George, Utah, Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2000, the county's population was 90,354 and by 2010 the U.S. Census Bureau reported it to be 138,115.[1] Its county seat and largest city is St. George, Utah[2]. The county was named for the first President of the United States, George Washington. Washington County experienced the fifth highest job-growth rate in the United States at one point.[3]


1857: Dixie Cottom Mission[]


The Adair Spring Monument commemorates the 1857 group of about 38 southerner families were called by Brigham Young (1801-1877) on to settle the Virgin River area of Southwest Utah and to crow cotton, to decrease the saints reliance on expensive product from back east. The first group was led by Samuel Jefferson Adair (1806-1889) and a second group led by Robert Dockery Covington (1815-1902) who was appointed president of the newly formed branch at Washington, Utah. Other pioneer families joined them in 1861 but this ambitious endeavor came to an end after the close of the Civil War and cotton prices collapsed.

1861: St. George Pioneers of 1861-62[]

This person was is listed on the Encampment Mall Memorial - a list of over 300 LDS Pioneer Families that helped to settle St. George, Utah in 1861. They were part of the "Dixie Cotton Mission" called by President Brigham Young to raise cotton and other southern crops in the warmer climate of Washington County, Utah.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,430 square miles (6,300 km2), of which 2,427 square miles (6,290 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2) (0.13%) is water. The elevation varies from 2,178 to 10,194 feet (3,107 m) in elevation. The lowest point in the state of Utah is located in the Beaver Dam Wash in Washington County, where it (seasonally) flows out of Utah and into Arizona.

The county includes an area along the Old Spanish Trail called Mountain Meadows. Zion National Park is located in the eastern part of Washington County.

Adjacent counties[]

Major highways[]

  • I-15.svg Interstate 15
  • Utah SR 9.svg State Route 9
  • Utah SR 17.svg State Route 17
  • Utah SR 18.svg State Route 18
  • Utah SR 59.svg State Route 59

National protected areas[]

  • Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area
  • Dixie National Forest (part)
  • Red Cliffs National Conservation Area
  • Zion National Park (part)


In addition to the primary and secondary schools that compose Washington County School District, Washington County is home to Dixie State College of Utah in St. George with a campus extension in Hurricane.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 691
1870 3,064 343.4%
1880 4,235 38.2%
1890 4,009 −5.3%
1900 4,612 15.0%
1910 5,123 11.1%
1920 6,764 32.0%
1930 7,420 9.7%
1940 9,269 24.9%
1950 9,836 6.1%
1960 10,271 4.4%
1970 13,669 33.1%
1980 26,065 90.7%
1990 48,560 86.3%
2000 90,354 86.1%
2010 138,115 52.9%
Source: US Census Bureau

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 90,354 people, 29,939 households, and 23,442 families residing in the county. The population density was 37 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 36,478 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.57% White, 0.21% Black or African American, 1.47% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.42% Pacific Islander, 2.24% from other races, and 1.65% from two or more races. 5.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

In 2005 89.7% of the population was non-Hispanic whites. African Americans now made up 0.4% of the population. Native Americans had fallen slightly to only being 1.4% of the population. Asians were up to 0.6% of the population. Pacific Islanders had risen to being 0.5% of the population. 6.6% of the population was now Latino.

In 2000 there were 29,939 households out of which 37.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.60% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.70% were non-families. 17.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.36.

In the county, the population was spread out with 31.20% under the age of 18, 11.60% from 18 to 24, 22.40% from 25 to 44, 17.80% from 45 to 64, and 17.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,212, and the median income for a family was $41,845. Males had a median income of $31,275 versus $20,856 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,873. About 7.70% of families and 11.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.60% of those under age 18 and 4.20% of those age 65 or over.

By 2008 the county population had grown 43% to 137,589.[1]

Cities and towns[]

Washington County (UT) cities and towns.

Former communities / ghost towns[]

See also[]


  1. ^ a b "2010 Census Interactive Population Search". Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Where-the-Jobs-Are: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance". 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Price City, Utah" Washington County Historical Society (accessed 1 April 2019)
  6. ^ a b Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named WCU
  7. ^ Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named SU

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Coordinates: 37°17′N 113°31′W / 37.28, -113.52

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