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Park City, Utah

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Park City is a city located in Utah. It is considered to be part of the Wasatch Back. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 7,371. Its estimated population in 2003 was 7,854. It experienced explosive growth during the 1980s and 1990s and is the hub of three major ski resorts: Park City, Deer Valley, and The Canyons. Although they receive less snow than do their counterparts in Salt Lake County, as they lie on the lee side of the Wasatch Range, they are much easier to access. The Park City and Deer Valley ski resorts were the major locations for ski and snowboarding events at the 2002 Winter Olympics. The skiing industry can be credited to keeping the city alive, and it is now a thriving resort city. It is the main location of the Sundance Film Festival.

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History

The city was settled as a mining town in 1870 after lead, gold, and silver were discovered in the area. The city became heavily populated to such an extent that many people thought it would replace Salt Lake City as the primary city in Utah. However, the mines penetrated the water table and were flooded, and the city nearly became a ghost town. Skiing began to come to the city in the 1950s, but the city did not recover until the 1970s, when growth finally came. Growth has accelerated in the last decades, and it now stands as one of the most affluent and lively resort towns in the United States.

Roger J. Traynor was born in Park City in 1900 and raised there; he went on to become Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court.

Geography

Location of Park City, Utah

Park City is located at 40°39'34" North, 111°29'59" West (40.659306, -111.499828)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.4 km² (9.4 mi²). None of the area is covered with water.

Park City is located at the south end of Snyderville Basin and climbs steep mountains to the southeast, south, and west. It is accessed by Utah State Route 224 from Interstate 80 to the north and Utah State Route 248, which heads east to U.S. 40 and on to Kamas.

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 7,371 people, 2,705 households, and 1,687 families residing in the city. The population density is 301.8/km² (781.4/mi²). There are 6,661 housing units at an average density of 272.7/km² (706.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 80.50% White, 0.42% African American, 0.30% Native American, 1.86% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 15.71% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. 19.64% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 2,705 households out of which 32.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% are married couples living together, 7.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 37.6% are non-families. 21.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 3.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.72 and the average family size is 3.11.

In the city the population is spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 11.4% from 18 to 24, 35.1% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 4.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 33 years. For every 100 females there are 118.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 118.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $65,800, and the median income for a family is $77,137. Males have a median income of $40,032 versus $26,341 for females. The per capita income for the city is $45,164. 10.0% of the population and 5.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 11.6% of those under the age of 18 and 6.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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