Mantua, Utah

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Mantua (pronounced /ˈmænəweɪ/) is a town in eastern Box Elder County, Utah, United States. The population was 791 at the 2000 census. Mantua was settled in the mid-19th Century when future LDS President and then apostle and head church authority in Box Elder County Lorenzo Snow sent settlers to the valley to grow flax. The first group arrived in Mantua in 1863. They were all from Denmark and their local leader was Hans Jens Jensen. Snow was from Mantua, Ohio, and the town was named after the Ohio community in his honor.[3]



Mantua is located at 41°29′51″N 111°56′32″W / 41.4975°N 111.94222°W / 41.4975; -111.94222 (41.497399, -111.942292).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.6 square miles (14.5 km²), of which, 4.9 square miles (12.6 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²) of it (13.21%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 791 people, 218 households, and 189 families residing in the town. The population density was 162.5 people per square mile (62.7/km²). There were 231 housing units at an average density of 47.5/sq mi (18.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.33% White, 0.63% African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population.

There were 218 households out of which 52.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 79.4% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.3% were non-families. 12.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.63 and the average family size was 4.01.

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