The United States acquired the area of Utah from Mexico in 1848. Utah Territory was organized on September 9, 1850, from the acquired area plus a small portion of territory sold to the United States by Texas. Utah Territory included all of present-day Utah, most of Nevada, and part of western Colorado and southwestern Wyoming. The territory was reduced in 1861 with the organization of Colorado and Nevada territories, and additional area was lost to Nevada in 1862 and 1866. The territory was further reduced in 1863 with the organization of Idaho Territory and in 1868 with the organization of Wyoming Territory, to arrive at generally the same boundary as the present state. Utah was admitted to the Union on January 4, 1896, as the 45th state.
Census data are available for Utah beginning with the 1850 census. The 1850 census population is for the entire area of the territory, including areas not in present-day Utah. The 1860 census population does not include the area now in Nevada, but does include portions of Utah Territory in Colorado and Wyoming, although no population was reported for the Colorado portion. The 1860 population for legally existing Utah Territory was 47,130. For an explanation of the revision to the 1870 population of Utah, see Richard L. Forstall, Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996, page 162.
Data for the legally established state of Utah are available beginning with the 1900 census.
See: Geographic Terms & Concepts
Counties & County Equivalents
There are 29 counties in Utah. All counties are functioning governmental units, each governed by a board of county commissioners or a county council.
Interactive Map of Utah Counties | Static Overview Map of Utah Counties
Utah has 93 county subdivisions. They are all census county divisions (CCDs), which are delineated for statistical purposes, have no legal function, and are not governmental units.
Places (Incorporated Cities, Towns & Census Designated Places)
Utah has 326 places; 245 incorporated places and 81 census designated places (CDPs). The incorporated places consist of 144 cities and 101 towns. The minimum population for incorporation is 100. When towns reach a population of 800 they become a third-class city.
Alphabetical List of Cities, Towns, CDPs and Other Populated Places
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q, R | S | T | U, V | W, X, Y, Z
Utah Civil Features
Utah Civil Features: Political Subdivisions, Native Areas, Land Grants, etc. - sorted by Census Class Codes.
Metropolitan and Micropolitan Stastical Areas
There are 5 Metropolitan and 5 Micropolitan Statistical Areas in Utah. UT Metopolitan & Micropolitan Areas
Utah ZIP Code Tabulation Areas
There are 294 ZIP Code tabulation areas (ZCTAs) in Utah. View Utah ZIP Codes and ZIP Code Maps.
Utah has 41 unified school districts. View Utah Public and Private Schools.
Utah has 4 congressional districts. An interactive map shows the contact information for each Representative as well as the boundaries for each Utah district. View Map of Utah Congressional Districts.
State Legislative Districts
There are 29 state senate districts and 75 state house districts in Utah.
American Indian Areas
Utah has seven federally recognized American Indian reservations, two with off-reservation trust land.