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The Cities and communities of Carbon County, Utah*

Clear Creek

East Carbon

Helper, Hiawatha (Carbon and Carbon Counties)


Price (County Seat)

Scofield, Spring Glen, Sunnyside


*This list of cities may not be complete. The list may contain towns, cities, villages, boroughs, neighborhoods, townships, ghost towns and other populated places.

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Information & Facts about Carbon County, Utah

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Government - History - Libraries - Location - Organizations & Groups -
Other Facts & Figures - Population - Schools


Carbon County Website

Carbon County Courthouse
120 East Main Street
Price, UT 84501
Phone: 435 636-3201

The County Seat of Carbon County is Price

Price City Website

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1900 - 5,004
1910 - 8,624
1920 - 15,489
1930 - 17,798
1940 - 18,459
1950 - 24,901
1960 - 21,135
1970 - 15,647
1980 - 22,179
1990 - 20,228
1995 - 20,653
2000 - 20,422
2009 - 19,989

Median age:
2000 - 33.6 years

Population Density:
2000 - 14 persons per square mile

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Carbon County is in East-central Utah. Here is a map page for the county. This map outlines the county and surrounding areas.

Nearby Counties include:
North - Duchesne County
South - Emery County
East - Uintah County
West - Sanpete County
Northwest - Utah County
Southeast - Grand County

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The county, generally, has an arid climate with cold winters and moderate summers.

Average winter high temperature: 37 degrees F.
Average summer high temperature: 90 degrees F.
Average winter low temperature: 13 degrees F.
Average summer low temperature: 58 degrees F.

Average annual precipitation: 9.24 inches
Most precipitation falls in late summer and early fall due to the monsoons that come up from the south. Snow falls during winter and early spring

Current weather page for the area.

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Other Facts and Figures:

Median Household income:
2000 - $$34,036
2009 - $41,026

Per Capita Income:
2000 - $15,325

Median House value:
2000 - $85,200
2009 - $105,385

Number of Housing Units:
2000 - 8,741

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A brief history page for Carbon County. Here is another history page for the county.

The first settlements in the county were along the Price River in the late 1870s. The high Wasatch Plateau had precluded settlers until that time. Routes included the Old Spanish Trail and a pass over Soldier Summit. In the early years, farmers and ranchers were mainstays of the industry there, but the Cowboys and Outlaws, such as Butch Cassidy, became infamous here. The Nine Mile Canyon freight road reaching from Price to the Uinta Basin gave the county an important transportation link. The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, in its searches for a new route to Denver from Salt Lake City, discovered the huge coal resources of the county. Coal mining was the spark in development of Carbon Canyon. Many of the coal companies came into an area, built a town and opened the mines. Then they imported in the people for both the mines and the towns. Along with the Europeans, they brought in Japanese laborers. Because of the cultural diversity of the area, some towns, such as Helper, was called the town of "57 Varieties." Several tragic mine explosions in the early 1900's brought trouble to the area. Eventually the mines were unionized which brought in structure and more safety for the workers. The industry remains a force in the economy today. Utah Power and Light built a large electric generating plant in the county. 98 percent of the power for the company comes from thermal steam plants which burn coal.

Carbon County was named for the major coal deposits in the area.The county produces a great deal of natural gas. Read about Carbon County Ghost Towns on this site.

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Total Area: 1,485 Square miles
Land Area: 1,478 Square miles
Water Area: 6 square miles

A portion of the Manti-La Sal National Forest is in the county area.

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US GenWeb genealogy page for Carbon County
Kindred Trails page for the county
LInkpendium page for Carbon County

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Price City Library
159 East Main
Price, Utah 84501
Phone: 435-636-3188

College of Eastern Utah Library
451 East 400 North
Price, Utah 84501
Phone: 435-613-5209

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Carbon School District
251 West 400 North
P.O. Box 1438
Price, UT 84501
Phone: 435-637-1732

College of Eastern Utah
451 East 400 North
Price, Utah 84501
Phone: 435-613-5000
Toll-free: 800-336-2381

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Carbon County Economic Development
120 East Main Street
Price, Utah 84501
Phone: 435-636-3295

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Organizations & Groups

Castle Country Travel Region
90 N. 100 East #2
Price, UT 84501

Carbon County Chamber-Commerce
81 N 200 E # 3
Price, UT 84501
Phone: (435) 637-2788

Organizations and community service groups within the county


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Attractions & Other Information

College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum

Helper Western Mining and Railroad Museum

Carbon Country Club

Desert Thunder Raceway

Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry

Carbon County Airport

Scofield State Park
Huntington State Park
Millsite State Park

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