Paragonah, Utah

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Paragonah is a town in Iron County, Utah, United States. The population was 470 at the 2000 census.

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History

Paragonah (pronounced /ˌpærəˈɡuːnə/ PARR-ə-GOO-nə) was settled by residents from the nearby town of Parowan in the early 1850s. Parowan residents found meadows next to Red Creek that provided ideal locations for farming. The settlement was first known as Red Creek, but the name was later changed to Paragoonah and then Paragonah. There are conflicting sources as to the name's precise meaning, but it is of Paiute Indian origin and apparently is a reference to the water found in the area. Paragonah was incorporated as a town in 1916.

Geography

Paragonah is located at 37°53′8″N 112°46′27″W / 37.88556°N 112.77417°W / 37.88556; -112.77417 (37.885509, -112.774125).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 470 people, 156 households, and 122 families residing in the town. The population density was 810.2 people per square mile (312.9/km²). There were 197 housing units at an average density of 339.6/sq mi (131.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.09% White, 0.21% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.49% of the population.

There were 156 households out of which 37.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.8% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families.19.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.01 and the average family size was 3.52.

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