is a county
located in the U.S. state
. As of 2000 the population was 33,779 and by 2005 was estimated at 38,311. It was originally named Little Salt Lake Valley
, and renamed for the iron mines
west of Cedar City
. Its county seat
and the largest city is Cedar City
The Cedar City Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Iron County.
Site of infamous massacre of settlers by Iron County Mormons September 11th 1857.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau
, the county has a total area of 3,302 square miles
), of which, 3,298 square miles (8,542 km²) of it is land and 4 square miles (10 km²) of it (0.12%) is water. A small part of Zion National Park
extends northward into the county, near Kanarraville
. Cedar Breaks National Monument
is located entirely within the county, near its southeastern corner.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 33,779 people, 10,627 households, and 8,076 families residing in the county. The population density
was 10 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 13,618 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.00% White
, 0.35% Black
or African American
, 2.18% Native American
, 0.74% Asian
, 0.27% Pacific Islander
, 1.78% from other races
, and 1.67% from two or more races. 4.09% of the population were Hispanic
of any race. The top 5 Ethnic groups in Iron County are:
There were 10,627 households out of which 41.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.20% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.00% were non-families. 15.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.11 and the average family size was 3.45.
In the county, the population was spread out with 31.20% under the age of 18, 20.60% from 18 to 24, 23.60% from 25 to 44, 16.10% from 45 to 64, and 8.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females there were 98.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.60 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $33,114, and the median income for a family was $37,171. Males had a median income of $30,800 versus $19,831 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,568. About 13.10% of families and 19.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.40% of those under age 18 and 6.50% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns