Hurricane, Utah

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Hurricane (pronounced /ˈhɜrɨkən/) is a city in Washington County, Utah. Its population was 8,250 at the 2000 U.S. Census. Along with several other areas of southwestern Utah, the Hurricane area has seen a large population growth since the 1970s, and it has blended in with neighboring city of St. George, Utah.

Hurricane received its name after a whirlwind blew the top off of a buggy that Erastus Snow was riding in. Snow exclaimed, "Well, that was a Hurricane. We'll name this 'Hurricane Hill'."[4]

Hurricane was first settled in 1896.

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Education

Hurricane is a part of the Washington County School District.

Hurricane has one high school, Hurricane High School (encompassing grades 10-12), attended also by students from the surrounding communities of La Verkin, Toquerville and Springdale, among others. There are also several elementary schools and middle schools.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 31.5 square miles (81.7 km²), of which, 31.1 square miles (80.6 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it (1.39%) is water.

Demographics

At the 2000 census[1], there were 8,250 people, 2,762 households and 2,201 families residing in the city. The population density was 265.2 per square mile (102.4/km²). There were 3,375 housing units at an average density of 108.5/sq mi (41.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.89% White, 0.16% African American, 0.96% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.29% Pacific Islander, 1.16% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.72% of the population.

There were 2,762 households of which 38.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.0% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.3% were non-families. 18.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.38.

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