Willard, Utah


Looking west across Willard
Looking across Willard to Willard Bay

Willard was first settled in 1851 by a group of pioneers of Scottish, Dutch, English and Welsh descent. The site was soon platted and had a fort wall built around it to protect the settlers from Indian attacks. At first the settlement was known as North Willow Creek but was renamed Willard in 1859, in honor of Willard Richards, a recently deceased counselor to Brigham Young and an Apostle of the LDS Church.

Most of the first settlers were farmers but some were blacksmiths, carpenters, school teachers and merchants. Many of them were also musicians. There was also an exceptionally gifted stone mason named Shadrack Jones and some of his work can still be seen in some of the more than 30 existing stone pioneer's homes.

Willard built its own powerhouse in the early 1900's and the town was electrified quickly. The community water system was in place by 1912. Historically, the local economy was based on agriculture, primarily the production of fruit. Highway 89 through Willard is still known as northern Utah's "fruitway," but these days, many of Willard's residents commute to other places to work.

Willard is located at the foot of Willard Peak (9,764') on an alluvial fan left behind as the waters of ancient Lake Bonneville receded. Willard was the site of regular flooding until the CCC built a dike and spillway in the 1930's to alleviate some of the causes. They also terraced the hills in the upper basin of Willard Canyon. The Willard City/Box Elder County Drainage and Flood Control District also built several reservoirs and pipelines to help reduce the flood problem. All the water drains into Willard Bay, a fresh-water section of Great Salt Lake that is separated from the bigger lake by a long causeway/dam.

The mountains east of Willard
The Wellsville Mountains east of Willard
Fast Facts about Willard, Utah
Willard, Box Elder County, UT 84340
Latitude: 41.4121°N
Longitude: 112.0397°W
Elevation: 4,350'

Education:
High School or Higher: 88.5%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 14.5%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 4.7%
Cost of Living Index for Willard: 84.6
Median Resident Age: 32.8 Years

2015 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $59,500
Median Home Value: $188,900
Major Industries:
Government, Construction, Educational Services, Transportation Equipment, Lodging & Food Services, Agriculture, Computer & Electronic Products, Retail Services
Unemployed (March 2015): 8.6%
 
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population
1,772
Males
878
Females
894
Population by Age
Under 18
512
18 & over
1,260
20-24
86
25-34
241
35-49
296
50-64
367
65 & over
213
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino
69
Non Hispanic or Latino
1,703
Population by Race
White
1,691
African-American
1
Asian
14
Native American
6
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
2
Other
21
Two or more
37
 
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