Sunnyside, Utah


The Post Office in Sunnyside, Utah
Sunnyside Post Office

The first settlement in the Sunnyside area was the Whitmore Cattle Ranch, established in 1879. The Sunnyside name came along when the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad established a railhead here and named it for the "sunny side of the Book Cliffs."

Coal was discovered in Whitmore Canyon in 1896 and the Pleasant Valley Coal Company started mining operations in the area in 1898. By 1901, the mining operations were in the hands of the Utah Fuel Coal Company, a subsidiary of the Denver & Rio Grande Western. Utah Fuel operated the mines until 1949 when the mines were sold to Kaiser Steel Corporation. Kaiser Steel was a major player in the area until 1994 when most mining operations came to a halt.

Bighorn sheep near Sunnyside
Bighorn sheep resting near Sunnyside

Fast Facts about Sunnyside, Utah

Sunnyside, Carbon County, UT 84539
Latitude: 39.5521°N
Longitude: 110.4008°W
Founded: 1879; Incorporated: 1916
Elevation: 6,414'

Education:
High School or Higher: 77.3%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 8.3%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 5.0%
Cost of Living Index for Sunnyside: 82.8

2015 Estimates
Median Household Income: $35,000
Median Home Value: $48,300
Median Resident Age: 40.3 Years
Major Industries:
Mining, Educational Services, Oil & Gas Extraction, Waste Management Services, Government, Finance & Insurance Services, Transportation Services, Health Care
Unemployed (March 2015): 7.6%
 

Population Demographics: 2010

Total Population
377
Males
188
Females
189
Population by Age
Under 18
106
18 & over
271
20-24
16
25-34
49
35-49
77
50-64
77
65 & over
45
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino
53
Non Hispanic or Latino
324
Population by Race
White
343
African-American
3
Asian
0
Native American
2
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
0
Other
15
Two or more
14
 

Carbon County Pages

Photo of bighorn sheep near Sunnyside courtesy of David Ravo
Photo of Sunnyside Post Office courtesy of Lynn Sessions