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The Cities and communities of Sanpete County, Utah*


Centerfield, Chester, Clarion (Ghost town)

Dover (Ghost Town)


Fairview, Fayette, Fountain Green, Freedom



Manti (County Seat), Mayfield, Milburn, Moroni, Mount Pleasant

Spring City, Sterling



*This list of cities may not be complete. The list may contain towns, cities, villages, boroughs, neighborhoods, townships, ghost towns and other populated places.

If you have information about any of these unlinked communities, please send it to us and we will add a page for that community. Some of these places above may only be neighborhoods or local area names and are not listed with the census at all or just included in a larger surrounding designated census area..

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Information & Facts about Sanpete County, Utah

Attractions & other Information - Climate - Economy - Genealogy - Geography -
Government - History - Libraries - Location - Organizations & Groups -
Other Facts & Figures - Population - Schools


County Seat: Manti

Official Sanpete County Website

County Courthouse
160 North Main Street
Manti, UT 84642-1268
Phone: 435-835-2181
FAX: 435-835-2143

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1850 - 365
1860 - 3,815
1870 - 6,786
1880 - 11,557
1890 - 13,146
1900 - 16,313
1910 - 16,704
1920 - 17,505
1930 - 16,022
1940 - 16,063
1950 - 13,891
1960 - 11,053
1970 - 10,975
1980 - 14,620
1990 - 16,259
1996 - 19,883
2000 - 22,763
2006 - 24,196
2009 - 25,946

Population Density:
2000 - 14 persons per square mile

Median age:
2000 - 25.3 years

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The county is in central Utah. Here is a map page for the county.

Neighboring counties include:
Carbon - Northeast
Emery - East
Juab - Northwest
Millard - Southwest
Sevier - South
Utah - North

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What is the county like during the different seasons of the year. Try this climate page to find out. Even though there are many high elevations in the county, the climate is mostly classified as semi-arid.

Average Annual Precipitation: from 8 inches in the vallies to over 30 inches in the higher mountains. Most of the precipitation falls as snow in the mountains between November and April of each year.

Current weather page for Sanpete County

Average temperatures
Winter: between 35 and 40 degrees F.
Spring: between 48 and 69 degrees F.
Summer: between 80 and 88 degrees F.
Fall: between 48 and 77 degrees

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Other Facts and Figures:

Median Household Income:
1999 - $33,042
2009 - $39,828

Median House value:
2000 - $104,600
2009 - $183,397

Per Capita Income:
2000 - $11,714

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A history page for Sanpete County with many links.
Here is another Sanpete County history page. A third history page for the area.

The name, Sanpete, is thought to have come from the name of a local Indian tribe, San Pitch. The first dwellers were the Fremont-Sevier agriculturalists around A.D. 1300. Artifacts from their inhabitation have been found in the area. The Utes dominated the other tribes of the area, particularly the San Pitch. The Ute leader, Walkara, welcomed the Mormon settlers at the beginnings of their migrations, but later moved against them in the war of 1853-1854. The areas had to build forts and some settlements had to be abandoned. The Black Hawk War of 1865-1868 was even more intense and greatly disrupted the settlement of the area.

The first Mormon settlers came to the Manti area in the fall of 1849. There were 224 people that arrived at this time. The site was chosen because of the warm spring nearby, good agricultural land and soils, and the limestone quarries of the area. A goodly number of the settlers were of Scandinavian descent which helped to shaped the culture of the area. Sanpete County was officially founded in 1852. It was subsequently enlarged from its initial area and then later reduced in its total area.

A history page from the Pioneer Library, Utah's Online Library
Sanpete County history for kids page
Clarion - a forgotten Jewish Community

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Size: 1,597 square miles
Land Area: 1588 square miles
Water Area: 14.6 square miles

Highest Point: South Tent Mountain at 11,285 feet above sea level

The eastern portion of the county is bordered by the Wasatch Plateau which is often referred to as the Manti Mountains. A number of high mountain peaks are in this area. Much of the county relies on runoff from these mountains to provide water. The central portion of the county is known as the Sanpete Valley and this is where most of the population is located. The Sanpitch Mountains are along the western edge of the county. These mountains are lower and drier than the Wasatch Plateau.

The Sanpitch River runs through the county from north to south, emptying into the Sevier River in the Gunnison Valley which is in the lower portion of the county.

Lakes in Sanpete County

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Sanpete County US GenWeb Project Genealogy page.

Lineages Genealogy page for Sanpete County
Kindred Trails genealogy page for the county
Linkpendium page for Sanpete County

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Sanpete County Bookmobile Library

Manti City LIbrary
50 South Main Street
Manti, UT 84642
Phone: 435-835-2401

Snow College Library

Libraries in Sanpete County.

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N Sanpete School District
41 West Main
Mt Pleasant, UT 84647
Phone: 435-462-2485

S Sanpete School District
39 S Main
Manti, UT 84642
Phone: 435-835-2261

Snow College in Ephraim

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The area economy is largely based on agriculture. Some dairy herds remain, but mostly cattle are raised, along with sheep and turkeys.

An economic profile for Sanpete County

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Organizations & Groups

Sanpete County Travel Council
P.O. Box 59
Ephraim, UT 84647
Phone: 435-283-4321
Toll-free: 800-283-4346

Organizations in Sanpete County

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Attractions & Other Information

A guide to Sanpete County.

The Pyramid - online edition for Sanpete County.

Fairview Museum of History and Art
85 North 100 East
Fairview, UT 84629
Phone: 435-427-9216

Museums in Sanpete County
Call 435-283-4321 or 800-281-4346 for more information

See photos of Sanpete County.

Places to stay in Sanpete County

Sanpete County information

Learn all about Central Utah
serving portions of Juab, SanPete and Sevier Counties.

Mormon Miracle Pageant - Utah's biggest outdoor pageant, held each summer on "Temple Hill." The pageant is attended by 15,000 to 25,000 people each night to see American and Mormon history unfold in musical drama against the backdrop of the Mormon Latter Day Saints Temple.
4 N 100 E
Manti, UT 84642-1101
Phone: 435-835-3000
Toll-free: 888-255-8860

Scandinavian Festival - Held in Ephraim, 5 miles from Manti, during Memorial Day weekend.

Festivals and Events in the County

Sanpete County Fair

Yuba State Park
Palisade State Park
Utah Heritage Highway 89
Manti-La Sal National Forest

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