Price, Utah

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Price is a city in Carbon County, Utah, United States. The city is home to the College of Eastern Utah, as well as the large CEU Prehistoric Museum affiliated with the college. Price is located within short distances from both Nine Mile Canyon and the Manti-La Sal National Forest. The city is noted for its history as a mining town, and its Greek Orthodox/Catholic/Mormon split population. The population was 8,402 at the 2000 census. Price is the county seat of, and largest city in, Carbon County.[3]

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Geography

Price is located at 39°36′0″N 110°48′24″W / 39.6°N 110.80667°W / 39.6; -110.80667 (39.600119, -110.806564)[4] at the northwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau, and is at an elevation of 5,957 feet (1,815 m).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.2 square miles (11.0 km²), all land.

The Price River flows by the city, and it is one of several communities near the San Rafael Swell. The city is on U.S. Route 6 and U.S. Route 191, and was one of the communities that was served by the Rio Grande Zephyr.

Price is located in an arid climate and features cold winters and relatively moderate summers. The average high in January is 37°F (3°C) and it rises to 90°F (32°C) in July. The low in January averages just 13°F (-11°C), and even in summer the dry climate keeps the nights cool, with an average of just 58°F (14°C). The all-time record high is 110°F (43°C), which was set on August 3, 1918, while the all-time low is -31°F (-35°C), set on December 26, 1924. Price lies in the rain shadow of mountains of central Utah and precipitation averages only 9.24 inches (235mm) annually. Late summer and early fall are the wettest times of year due to the Gulf of California monsoon that brings scattered thunderstorms to the region. The city also sees frequent snow during winter and early spring.[5][6]

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