Sanpete County, Utah
Coming down from the Wasatch Front into Sanpete County
- Cities & Towns
- Fountain Green
- Mt. Pleasant
Sanpete County contains 1,588 square miles of land and 15 square miles of water in the center of Utah. The county seat is Manti, the largest city Ephraim.
Sanpete was most likely the name of a well-known and highly respected Paiute chief, although some folks say the name was spelled "Sanpitch."
The first settlers arrived after a couple of local Ute chiefs went to Salt Lake City and requested that Brigham Young send some settlers their way. The church leader sent a group to check out the valley and their report was favorable, so he sent 50 families into the area: 224 men, women and children led by Isaac Morley, Seth Taft and Charles Shumway. They arrived on November 19, 1849 and established their first settlement at what is now Manti. Over the years they were joined by more Mormon immigrants from the Scandinavian countries.
Today, Sanpete County is still mostly rural and the major industries in the area are agricultural. The northern part of the county is home to the Moroni Feed Company, a large domestic turkey producing and processing cooperative. The southern part of the country raises a lot of alfalfa, hay and other animal feed crops.
Mt. Nebo from near Moroni
Fast Facts about Sanpete County, Utah
Private Sector, wages or salary: 67%
Government Sector: 23%
Unincorporated, Self-Employed: 9%
Homemaker, Unpaid: 1%
Cost of Living Index for Sanpete County: 85.2
Median Resident Age: 25.3 Years
Median Household Income: $39,800
Median Home Value: $147,100
Educational Services, Agriculture & Forestry, Health Care, Construction, Government, Lodging & Food Services, Food Processing, Mining, Retail Services, Repair & Maintenance, Finance & Insurance Services, Social Services
Population Demographics: 2010
Sanpete County map
Map courtesy of National Geographic Topo!