It is the center of Utah’s population, according to census data
SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah (ABC4) – Ever wanted to stand in the heart of Utah? No, it’s not Salt Lake City or Sanpete County as you might guess.
Since the first census in 1790, the US Census Bureau has calculated the “population center” of the country. It’s a point where an imaginary, flat, weightless, rigid map of the United States would balance perfectly if everyone had the same weight. It’s the average place people live in the United States, according to the Census Bureau.
Following the 2020 census, Hartville, Missouri, was dubbed the “heart” of America. The town of about 600 residents is located in the south-central part of the state, about 200 miles south-southwest of St. Louis. Since 1980, cities in Missouri have been the population centers, but the very first center in 1790 was in Maryland, just east of Baltimore.
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In addition to calculating the population center of the United States, the Census Bureau is also able to calculate the “heart” of each state, including Utah.
This year, the Utah population center is located at 40°23’09.0″N 111°56’52.9″W. It’s just north of where Sage Hill Drive and County Road meet SR-73 in the northern part of Saratoga Springs.
You can see the exact location on the interactive map below:
This area has been the population center of Utah for the 140 years that the Census Bureau has tracked this information for Beehive State.
In 1880, Utah’s first population center was 40°13’56.0″N 111°54’30.0″W, about 10 miles south of present-day Saratoga Springs. Utah’s northernmost core was never at 40°33’51.0″N 111°49’43.0″W in 1970. This point falls near the intersection of S 2165 E and E 10300 S.
In 1900, Utah saw its westernmost population center at 40°16’02.0″N 111°45’29.0″W, which is in the western part of Utah Lake, just offshore of the Powell Slough Waterfowl Management Area.
This year’s point near Saratoga Springs is the easternmost population center in Utah.
Below is an interactive map showing where all of Utah’s population centers have been since 1880.
Utah’s population has increased by 18.4% since 2010, fastest pace in the countryaccording to the Census Bureau.