Summit County, Utah

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Template:UTcounty Summit County is a county located in the state of Utah, occupying a rugged and mountainous area. As of 2000 the population was 29,736 and by 2004 was estimated at 33,843. It was so named because it includes 39 of the highest mountain peaks in Utah. Its county seat is Coalville and the largest city is Park City6. The resort city Park City, being close to Salt Lake City, has made tremendous growth as an upscale getaway from the city, bringing surprising development to the area.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,874 km² (1,882 mi²). 4,846 km² (1,871 mi²) of it is land and 28 km² (11 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.58% water.


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Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 29,736 people, 10,332 households, and 7,501 families residing in the county. The population density is 6/km² (16/mi²). There are 17,489 housing units at an average density of 4/km² (9/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 91.80% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.96% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 5.43% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. 8.09% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 10,332 households out of which 40.80% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.50% are married couples living together, 6.20% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.40% are non-families. 18.40% of all households are made up of individuals and 3.20% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.87 and the average family size is 3.30.

The median income for a household in the county is $64,962, and the median income for a family is $72,510. Males have a median income of $47,236 versus $28,621 for females. The per capita income for the county is $33,767. County residents are highly educated with 45.5% holding a Bachelors Degree or higher (in comparison to 26.1% statewide.) A highly affluent and mobile population, only 42.9% are native Utahn's. 5.40% of the population and 3.00% of families are below the poverty line.

According to a 2000 survey by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies, Summit County is much more diverse in religious belief than Utah as a whole. Fully two in five people (44.2%) of the population claim no religion at all while among those that do, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) make up the largest group at 36.8% (compared with some 66% statewide), followed by Roman Catholics at 10.6%.

Summit County politics illustrate the growth occurring around Park City in the western half of the county. Typically the western half favours more liberal measures and candidates with the eastern side taking a more conservative stance, however all Summit County residents seem to have a live-and-let live attitude about them. This bipolar nature can be seen in election returns, at the 2004 General Election George W. Bush beat his Democratic Party opponent, Senator John Kerry by 51%-47% but on the same ballot residents voting against a state Constitutional Amendment to ban Same Sex marriage by a vote of 61%-39%. In addition local politics trends toward the Democratic Party, the members of which hold most elected local government posts including all three members of the County Commission, the Sheriff and County Attorney, among others.

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