Box Elder County, Utah

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Box Elder County is a county located in the U.S. state of Utah. It lies on the north end of the 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 2005 it had reached an estimated population of 46,440. It was named for the box elder trees with which the county abounds. Its county seat and largest city is Brigham City.[1]

Box Elder County is part of the Brigham City Micropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Salt Lake CityOgdenClearfield Combined Statistical Area.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 6,729 square miles (17,428.0 km2), of which 5,723 square miles (14,822.5 km2) is land and 1,006 square miles (2,605.5 km2) (14.95%) is water.

In the east lie the Wellsville Mountains, 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 eastern 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.

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