Sanpete County, Utah


A view of Sanpete County from the Energy Loop Scenic Byway
Coming down from the Wasatch Front into Sanpete County
    Cities & Towns
  • Centerfield
  • Ephraim
  • Fairview
  • Fayette
  • Fountain Green
  • Gunnison
  • Manti
  • Mayfield
  • Moroni
  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Spring
  • Sterling
  • Wales

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.

A view of Mt. Nebo from Sanpete County
Mt. Nebo from near Moroni

Fast Facts about Sanpete County, Utah

Types of Jobs:
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
2015 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $39,800
Median Home Value: $147,100
Major Industries:
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

Total Population
27,822
Males
14,558
Females
13,264
Population by Age
Under 18
8,341
18 & over
19,481
20-24
2,376
25-34
3,451
35-49
4,422
50-64
4,001
65 & over
3,197
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino
2,619
Non Hispanic or Latino
25,203
Population by Race
White
25,158
African-American
229
Asian
150
Native American
305
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
138
Other
1,353
Two or more
489
Sanpete County area map
Sanpete County map
Photos courtesy of TheArmchairExplorer, CCA-by-SA 4.0 License
Map courtesy of National Geographic Topo!