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There are 29 counties in Utah.[1]

The counties range in population from Daggett, which had 949 residents as of a 2006 estimate, to Salt Lake County, with 996,374 residents.[2]

Types of local government

Local government in Utah consists of:

  • Counties. Utah is divided into counties. The biggest of which is Salt Lake County with a population of 1,029,655.
  • Cities. Any incorporated municipality with population of 1,000 or over is a City. Cities are organized and ranked in classes according to population by State Law.
  • Towns. A municipality with a population of under 1,000 is a town.

Municipalities can have one of five different forms of government, including a Charter form of Government. Currently Tooele City is the only city in Utah to adopt the charter form of government.[3][4]

As of September, 2012 Utah had

  • 29 counties
  • 245 cities and towns
  • In addition, there are 298 special districts and 41 independent school districts.[5][6]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Utah
  • The initiative and referendum process is mandated and established by state law for all "general law " cities and towns.
  • The ability to amend municipal charters is established by state law.
  • There is no mention of powers of Initiative and Referendum ordinances in chartered municipalities or counties. There are currently no charter counties in Utah and there is only one charter city. The only charter city is Tooele City and it has Initiative and Referendum powers explicitly in its charter. The procedures and requirements are very similar to those of general law cities.[7][4]

County website evaluations

See also: Evaluation of Utah county websites

As of February 2009:

  • Eight Utah counties posted their budgets online.
  • 24 counties posted information online about county board meetings.
  • 25 had information about elected officials.
  • 26 had information about the county's administrative officials.
  • 17 had information about building permits and zoning.
  • Five had audit information.
  • One had information about vendor contracts.
  • One posted information about the county's associations with government sector lobbying groups.
  • Two posted information about how to obtain public records using the Utah Government Records Access and Management Act.
  • 14 posted information about local taxes.

List of counties

County County seat
Beaver County, Utah Beaver, Utah
Box Elder County, Utah Brigham City, Utah
Cache County, Utah Logan, Utah
Carbon County, Utah Price, Utah
Daggett County, Utah Manila
Davis County, Utah Farmington, Utah
Duchesne County, Utah Duchesne
Emery County, Utah Castle Dale
Garfield County, Utah Panguitch, Utah
Grand County, Utah Moab, Utah
Iron County, Utah Parowan
Juab County, Utah Nephi, Utah
Kane County, Utah Kanab, Utah
Millard County, Utah Fillmore, Utah
Morgan County, Utah Morgan, Utah
Piute County, Utah Junction
Rich County, Utah Randolph
Salt Lake County, Utah Salt Lake City, Utah
San Juan County, Utah Monticello, Utah
Sanpete County, Utah Manti, Utah
Sevier County, Utah Richfield, Utah
Summit County, Utah Coalville, Utah
Tooele County, Utah Tooele, Utah
Uintah County, Utah Vernal, Utah
Utah County, Utah Provo, Utah
Wasatch County, Utah Heber City, Utah
Washington County, Utah St. George, Utah
Wayne County, Utah Loa
Weber County, Utah Ogden, Utah

External links


  1. National Association of Counties Website, "County Seats," accessed September 18, 2013
  2. List of Utah counties by population (dead link)
  3. Utah League of Cities and Towns, Forms of Municipal Government Document
  4. 4.0 4.1 Utah Research Document
  5. The U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 study of local governments
  6. Utah League of Cities and Towns, City Facts
  7. Types and Numbers of Local Government Research Document