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Alta, Utah - Basic Facts

The Town of Alta had a population of 391 as of July 1, 2016. Alta ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Utah. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Alta is located at latitude 40.5824 and longitude -111.6203 in Salt Lake County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Alta (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.61 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Salt Lake County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 8,560 feet.

The Town of Alta (GNIS ID: 2412354) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Utah is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Town of Alta is located within Cottonwood Division of Salt Lake County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Alta population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Alta: Little Cottonwood.

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Alta, UT Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 391
Population in Households 355
Population in Familes 264
Population in Group Qrtrs 36
Population Density1 85
Diversity Index2 17


Total Households 157
Average Household Size 2.26
Family Households 90
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 331 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 91 (27.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 67 (20.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 174 (52.6%)
Median Home Value $703,571
Average Home Value $726,648


Median Household Income $105,168
Average Household Income $151,027
Per Capita Income $57,863
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.33% 0.36%
Households 0.1% 0.5%
Families 16.85% 0.22%
Median Household Income   2.28%
Per Capita Income   1.77%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Alta, UT - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Alta to the other 325 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Utah by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 243 26th
Population Density1 # 254 22nd
Diversity Index2 # 258 21st
Median Household Income # 8 98th
Per Capita Income # 2 100th

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