Box Elder County, Utah


A typical view in most of Box Elder County
A typical view in most of Box Elder County

Box Elder County is in northwest Utah, north and northwest of the Great Salt Lake. The Golden Spike National Historic Site is here. There are some high, forested mountain areas along the eastern and northern edges of the county but a lot of the landscape is covered with masses of desert scrub, making the landscape about as barren as desert can get without just being sand dunes. There is a section of Sawtooth National Forest in the north-central portion of the county against the Idaho border.

Box Elder County contains 5,723 square miles of land and 1,006 square miles of water. The county seat is Brigham City.

There's a lot of history here, as well as many stories of broken dreams. The first Transcontinental Railroad crossed the lower part of Box Elder County, just to the north of the Great Salt Lake. That railbed is now the Transcontinental Railroad Back Country Byway. There were several attempts to turn that land north of the railroad into productive cattle ranch but there was a problem with the grass and other forage, never mind the overall lack of water. Some mining did occur but not enough to amount to much. Even the outlaws of the day preferred the barrens of Wyoming to the hinterlands of Box Elder County. Most of the population today lives along a strip paralleling Interstate 15 and the western foothills of the Wellsville Mountains.

The county courthouse in Brigham City
Box Elder County Courthouse in Brigham City
Rockets on display at the head office of Morton-Thiokol
Rocket display at Morton-Thiokol

Fast Facts about Box Elder County, Utah

Types of Jobs:
Private Sector, wages or salary: 78%
Government Sector: 14%
Unincorporated, Self-Employed: 7%
Homemaker, Unpaid: 1%
Cost of Living Index for Box Elder County: 84.6
Median Resident Age: 28.0 Years
2015 Estimates
Median Household Income: $53,800
Median Home Value: $166,500
Major Industries:
Transportation Equipment, Educational Services, Health Care, Construction, Computers & Electronics Products, Agriculture & Forestry, Lodging & Food Services, Government, Miscellaneous Manufacturing, Retail Services, Social Services
 

Population Demographics: 2010

Total Population
49,975
Males
25,185
Females
24,790
Population by Age
Under 18
16,978
18 & over
32,997
20-24
2,775
25-34
7,070
35-49
8,624
50-64
7,652
65 & over
5,563
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino
4,152
Non Hispanic or Latino
45,823
Population by Race
White
45,861
African-American
172
Asian
443
Native American
412
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
84
Other
1,886
Two or more
1,117
 
Map of Box Elder County, Utah

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