Beaver County, Utah

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Beaver County is a county located in the U.S. state of Utah. As of 2000 the population was 6,005, a 26% increase over the 1990 figure of 4,765. By 2005 the population was estimated at 6,204. It was named for the abundance of beavers in the area. Its county seat and largest city is Beaver.[1]

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History

While explorers first visited present-day Beaver County in the 1776 Dominguez-Escalante Expedition, the county was created by the Utah territorial legislature from a section of Iron County on January 5, 1856 when Latter-day Saint settlers founded the city of Beaver, Utah. The county was named after the animal which was plentiful there.[2]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,592 square miles (6,713.2 km2), of which 2,590 square miles (6,708.1 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.09%) is water. The Tushar Mountains lie on the eastern boundary of the county, reaching to 12,000 feet (3,700 m) in elevation, and providing water for the farming communities of Beaver and Manderfield. To the west, wide, barren desert valleys typify the scenery, separated by mountains lightly forested with junipers.

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Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 6,005 people, 1,982 households, and 1,530 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 2,660 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.24% White, 0.27% Black or African American, 0.90% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 3.13% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races. 5.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.The top 5 Ethnic groups in Beaver County are:

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