Box Elder County is a county located in the U.S. state of Utah. It lies on the north end of Great Salt Lake, covering a large area north to the Idaho border and west to the Nevada border. Included in this area are large tracts of barren desert, contrasted by high, forested mountains. The Wasatch Front lies along the south_eastern border, where the main cities are found. As of the 2000 Census, the population was 42,745, a small increase over the 1990 figure of 36,485. By 2003 it had reached an estimated population of 44,504. It was named for the box elder trees with which the county abounds. Its county seat is Brigham City6.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 17,428 km˛ (6,729 mi˛). 14,823 km˛ (5,723 mi˛) of it is land and 2,605 km˛ (1,006 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 14.95% water.
In the east lie the Wellsville, a branch of the Wasatch Range. In the west is a large, mostly uninhabited desert area. The Great Salt Lake lies in the southern portion of the county. Interstate 15 runs through the western portion merged with Interstate 84 past Brigham City. They split at Tremonton, with 84 heading northwest past Snowville into Idaho and 15 heading north past Plymouth and Portage into Idaho.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 42,745 people, 13,144 households, and 10,804 families residing in the county. The population density is 3/km˛ (8/mi˛). There are 14,209 housing units at an average density of 1/km˛ (2/mi˛). The racial makeup of the county is 92.87% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 0.88% Native American, 0.96% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 3.45% from other races, and 1.60% from two or more races. 6.53% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 13,144 households out of which 47.10% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.00% are married couples living together, 7.90% have a female householder with no husband present, and 17.80% are non-families. 16.00% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.40% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 3.22 and the average family size is 3.63.
In the county, the population is spread out with 36.10% under the age of 18, 10.50% from 18 to 24, 25.40% from 25 to 44, 17.70% from 45 to 64, and 10.40% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 28 years. For every 100 females there are 101.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 98.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $44,630, and the median income for a family is $49,421. Males have a median income of $38,814 versus $22,435 for females. The per capita income for the county is $15,625. 7.10% of the population and 5.80% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 8.30% of those under the age of 18 and 5.30% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Cities and towns
- Photographic virtual tour of Box Elder County. (http://www.Untraveledroad.com/USA/Utah/BoxElder.htm)