East Carbon, Utah


East Carbon, Utah Post Office
The East Carbon City Post Office
East Carbon City Hall

As Utah goes, East Carbon is a relatively new town. Previous to July 23, 1973, East Carbon was two struggling mining towns named Columbia and Dragerton.

Dragerton was founded in 1942 as a development of the Defense Plant Corporation. It was originally named for WL Drager, the chief engineer for the Defense Plant Corp. but when the Post Office was opened, the Postal Service rejected the name saying it too closely resembled "Draper," the name of another Utah town. So the name was changed to Dragerton.

In the late 1960's, the population in the area was peaking (folks didn't know it at the time) and they needed to build a new high school. Dragerton and nearby Sunnyside competed for the school to be built within their city limits and, in the end, Sunnyside won out with the school being built just inside the Sunnyside city limit. Then the school district named it East Carbon High School. So when Dragerton and Columbia were merged and incorporated, the folks thought changing the city name to East Carbon was, in effect, retaking the high school. Then the high school was torn down and an elementary school was built in the same place.

Columbia was located about 4 miles southeast of Dragerton and even though it is now officially part of East Carbon City, most folks still call it Columbia.

Fast Facts about East Carbon, Utah

East Carbon, Carbon County, UT 84520
Latitude: 39.5426°N
Longitude: 110.41°W
Incorporated: 1973
Elevation: 5,987'

Education:
High School or Higher: 69.4%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 6.3%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 2.4%
Cost of Living Index for East Carbon: 82.5

2015 Estimates
Median Household Income: $31,150
Median Home Value: $50,900
Median Resident Age: 40.9 Years
Major Industries:
Mining, Oil & Gas Extraction, Educational Services, Health Care, Waste Management Services, Lodging & Food Services, Construction, Government, Professional Services, Transportation Services
Unemployed (March 2015): 7.6%
 

Population Demographics: 2010

Total Population
1,301
Males
626
Females
675
Population by Age
Under 18
302
18 & over
999
20-24
90
25-34
144
35-49
182
50-64
320
65 & over
239
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino
274
Non Hispanic or Latino
1,027
Population by Race
White
1,177
African-American
7
Asian
2
Native American
12
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
0
Other
56
Two or more
47
 

Carbon County Pages

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