Davis County, Utah


Antelope Island in Great Salt Lake, part of Davis CountyAntelope Island in Great Salt Lake, part of Davis County
    Cities & Towns
  • Bountiful
  • Centerville
  • Clearfield
  • Clinton
  • Farmington
  • Fruit Heights
  • Kaysville
  • Layton
  • North Salt Lake City
  • South Weber City
  • Sunset
  • Syracuse
  • West Bountiful
  • West Point
  • Woods Cross

Davis County is in central Utah, along the southeastern shore of the Great Salt Lake. Davis County was named for Captain Daniel C. Davis of Mormon Battalion fame.

Davis County contains 304 square miles of land and 329 square miles of water, making it the smallest county in Utah. The county seat is Farmington, which is also home to the Lagoon Amusement Park, the largest amusement park serving the Wasatch Front.

Davis County was created in 1850 but growth didn't really happen until the Utah Central Railroad came through in 1870. And even then, growth didn't really kick off until World War II and the construction of Hill Air Force Base in the northern section of the county. Population doubled between 1940 and 1950 and doubled again between 1950 and 1960. Between 2000 and 2010, things have slowed a bit: population growth was only 28%.

Hill Air Force Base is still the largest employer in the county but more than 42% of the county's workers commute to either the Ogden area or the Salt Lake City area for work. In that respect, virtually all of Davis County comes under the heading of "bedroom community." What complicates things is the county is squeezed into a narrow strip of land bounded by the Great Salt Lake to the west and the Wasatch Front to the east: accidents and bad weather during rush hour can turn the county's highways into vast parking lots and there's nowhere else to go.

Legacy Nature Preserve
Legacy Nature Preserve

Fast Facts about Davis County, Utah

Types of Jobs:
Private Sector, wages or salary: 75%
Government Sector: 19%
Unincorporated, Self-Employed: 5%
Homemaker, Unpaid: 1%
Cost of Living Index for Davis County: 86.7
Median Resident Age: 26.8 Years
2015 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $76,100
Median Home Value: $254,800
Major Industries:
Government, Health Care, Educational Services, Construction, Finance & Insurance Services, Lodging & Food Services, Professional Services, Waste Management Services
 

Population Demographics: 2010

Total Population
306,479
Males
153,891
Females
152,588
Population by Age
Under 18
105,339
18 & over
201,140
20-24
20,091
25-34
47,957
35-49
56,156
50-64
43,167
65 & over
24,992
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino
25,753
Non Hispanic or Latino
280,726
Population by Race
White
275,956
African-American
3,702
Asian
5,416
Native American
1,424
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
1,813
Other
9,923
Two or more
8,245
Area map of Davis County
Map of the Davis county area
Upper photo courtesy of Juozas Rimas, CCA-by-SA 3.0 License
Lower photo courtesy of UDoT Legacy Parkway and Preserve
Map courtesy of National Geographic Topo!