Loa, Utah


The Loa Coop
The Coop in Loa
The Town Hall building in Loa
Loa Town Hall

Loa is home to the Aspen Achievement Academy, a wilderness therapy program for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed adolescent male and female teenagers. From everything I've come across about the program, it's pretty controversial... but a lot of the folks in Loa seem to work there.

Anyway, Loa was first settled by a group of Mormon pioneers in 1876. The name was suggested by Franklin Young, a young man who had done his 2-year stint as a Mormon missionary in the Hawaiian Islands. He said the Hawaiian native term "Loa" stood for high, large and powerful. As Loa is one of the highest county seats in Utah, folks felt the name fit.

In 1897 the members of the Wayne Stake built the tithing office that is now owned by the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Once the presidential office for the Wayne Stake, it is now a museum and often used for meetings. The nearby Tabernacle was dedicated in 1909 after 3 years of construction.

The Loa Tabernacle, dedicated in 1909
The Loa Tabernacle
The LDS church in Loa
Today's LDS Temple in Loa
Fast Facts about Loa, Utah
Loa, Wayne County, UT 84747
Latitude: 38.4028°N
Longitude: 111.6439°W
Incorporated: 1919
Elevation: 7,045'

Education:
High School or Higher: 86.1%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 20.1%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 1.8%
Cost of Living Index for Loa: 83.4

2015 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $42,000
Median Home Value: $180,00
Median Resident Age: 28.1 Years
Major Industries:
Construction, Health Care, Agriculture, Educational Services, Government, Miscellaneous Manufacturing, Lodging & Food Services, Building Materials, Finance & Insurance Services, Real Estate Services, Transportation Services
Unemployed (March 2015): 5.0%
 
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population
572
Males
274
Females
298
Population by Age
Under 18
213
18 & over
359
20-24
27
25-34
78
35-49
82
50-64
87
65 & over
75
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino
23
Non Hispanic or Latino
549
Population by Race
White
552
African-American
1
Asian
5
Native American
1
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
1
Other
2
Two or more
10
 
Wayne County Pages
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