Woodruff, Utah


Woodruff Stake House
Woodruff Stake House, an old LDS administration building
now listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Woodruff was settled in 1875 by a group of Mormon pioneers led by Wilford Woodruff. I don't think they realized they were setting up shop in what is probably the coldest inhabitable place in Utah but they probably found out soon enough. In February 1899, Woodruff set the record low temperature for Utah at -50°F, a record that still stands. The town sees an average 57 frost-free days per year, which makes agricultural pursuits kinda hard but that's what most folks in Woodruff still do for a living.

Wilford Woodruff is credited with being one of the first professional fly fishermen in Utah.

The main road through Woodruff is State Route 16. State Route 39 goes west out of Woodruff and up into the Wasatch Mountains, leading past places like Powder Mountain Resort and Wolf Mountain Ski Resort to Huntsville but the road is closed by heavy snowfall from November into April every year.

Fast Facts about Woodruff, Utah

Woodruff, Rich County, UT 84086
Latitude: 41.5229°N
Longitude: 111.1614°W
Settled: 1875; Incorporated: 1933
Elevation: 6,339'

Education:
High School or Higher: 83.7%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 10.6%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 4.1%
Cost of Living Index for Woodruff: 81.3

2015 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $39,100
Median Home Value: $112,500
Median Resident Age: 26.0 Years
Major Industries:
Health Care, Oil & Gas Extraction, Agriculture, Educational Services, Construction, Religious Organizations, Government, Social Services, Retail Services
Unemployed (March 2015): 3.9%
 

Population Demographics: 2010

Total Population
180
Males
96
Females
84
Population by Age
Under 18
61
18 & over
119
20-24
11
25-34
19
35-49
30
50-64
33
65 & over
21
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino
0
Non Hispanic or Latino
180
Population by Race
White
179
African-American
0
Asian
0
Native American
0
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
1
Other
0
Two or more
0
 
Rich County area map
Map of the Rich County area

Rich County Pages

Photo of the Woodruff Stake House courtesy of Tricia Simpson, CCA ShareAlike 3.0 License