Orderville, Utah

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Orderville is a town in Kane County, Utah, United States. The population was 596 at the 2000 census.



Orderville is located at 37°16′33.39″N 112°37′56.89″W / 37.2759417°N 112.6324694°W / 37.2759417; -112.6324694 (37.262348, -112.653266).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 9.2 square miles (23.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 596 people, 194 households, and 150 families residing in the town. The population density was 64.9 people per square mile (25.1/km²). There were 240 housing units at an average density of 26.1/sq mi (10.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.65% White, 0.50% Native American, 0.17% from other races, and 1.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.51% of the population.

There were 194 households out of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.0% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.2% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.07 and the average family size was 3.57.

In the town the population was spread out with 36.6% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 20.5% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,769, and the median income for a family was $37,250. Males had a median income of $31,875 versus $22,321 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,671. 11.3% of the population and 6.7% of families were below the poverty line. 12.1% of those under the age of 18 are below the poverty line as are 5.6% of those 66 or older.


Orderville was established at the direction of Latter-day Saint leader Brigham Young in 1870 specifically to live the United Order, a voluntary form of communalism defined by Joseph Smith. Orderville was settled primarily by destitute refugees from failed settlements on the Muddy River in Nevada. The extreme poverty of these settlers likely contributed significantly to their devotion to the principles of the United Order.

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