Logan, Utah

Logan is a city in Cache County, Utah, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 42,670, a substantial increase over the 1990 figure of 32,771. The Logan metropolitan area contains 109,666 residents. It is the county seat of Cache County.

Logan is located in northern Utah, north of Ogden on the Logan River; it is about 82 miles (130km) north of Salt Lake City. The city was founded in 1859 by Mormon settlers and is the location of the Logan Utah Temple which was dedicated in 1884. It is home to the main campus of Utah State University, founded in 1888, and is often known as a college town. It is also a major producer of cheese and other dairy products.

Logan is the principal city of the Logan, UT-ID Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Cache County in Utah and Franklin County in Idaho. In 2005 and 2007, Morgan Quitno declared the Logan metropolitan area the safest in the United States.


Logan is located at (41.737878, -111.830846).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.0 square miles (44.2 km²), of which, 16.5 square miles (42.8 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²) of it (3.17%) is water.

The city lies near the eastern edge of Cache Valley on the western slopes of the Bear River Mountains, the northernmost branch of the Wasatch Range. The eastern portions of the city are constructed on top of an ancient alluvial fan with very steep slopes down to the rest of town and the Logan River bottom. To the west lies a flatland that contains farmland and marshes. To the north and south lie the quickly-growing residential suburbs of Logan. Logan also lies at the western terminus of Logan Canyon. U.S. Routes 89 and 91 enter from the southwest together and separate in downtown Logan. US-91 heads north into Idaho through Cache Valley while US-89 heads northeast into Logan Canyon and on to Bear Lake. Logan is also served by a local sales-tax-funded zero-fare bus system called the Cache Valley Transit District (CVTD), which incorporated the Logan Transit District (LTD) on February 23, 2007. The system began in 1992 with 6 routes, while service outside of Logan was offered in 2000. The system consists of 11 routes that serve Logan itself, North Logan, and River Heights (the former LTD). There's also a northern route that reaches north to Richmond, and a southern route that serves the southern suburbs and Hyrum (the original CVTD). There's also a four-time daily connection to Lewiston and Preston, Idaho.

There is a public airport (Logan-Cache Airport, IATA code LGU) but it currently has no scheduled air services, as the city is within an easy drive of Salt Lake City International Airport.


Among Logan's notable architectural landmarks are the Logan Tabernacle and Logan Utah Temple, both operated by the LDS Church, and the Old Main building of Utah State University, which offers a commanding view of the city from the bench below Saddleback Mountain. Along Center Street, which intersects Logan's Historic District, are a number of stately houses on the National Register of Historic Places, including the three-story French chateauesque home at 250 West Center Street built in 1907 by Scottish immigrant, industrialist and Mormon polygamist, David Eccles for his second wife, Ellen Stoddard.


The main attraction in Logan is Utah State University and its many athletic, cultural and educational programs. Logan is also home to Celebration Centre, a Family Entertainment Center where ride manufacturer S&S Power showcases their newest rides. Logan's Parks and recreation department runs the Logan River Golf Course, the Logan/Cache County Fairgrounds, and the Willow Park Zoo. Logan Canyon is known as a good place for rock-climbing, hiking, camping, fishing, snowmobiling, and skiing.

Some of Logans most famous landmarks-


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 12.3% of adults 25 years and older have a graduate or professional degree, 22.2% have a bachelors degree, 8.4% have an associates degree, and 27.7% have some college but no degree. This may be an influence of the high percentage of Utah State University faculty and staff residing in the city.

Average ACT scores in the Logan School District in 2005 were 21.5 for English, 21.3 for math, 22.7 for reading, 22.1 for science and 22 composite score. Average ACT scores in the Cache County School District, which surrounds Logan city, in 2005 were 20.9 in English, 20.8 in math, 22.5 in reading, 21.5 in science and 21.5 composite score. Two-hundred-fifty Logan High students took the ACT in 2005 and 593 Mountain Crest/Sky View/Cache High students (in Cache County School District) took the test in 2005.

Approximately $4,146 is spent per pupil in the Logan School District. In October 2005, there were 2,600 kindergarten through fifth-grade students, 1,252 sixth- through eighth-grade students and 1,702 high school students. Those numbers report about a 100-student decrease from the previous year. Drop-out rate was 2.3%. 11% of students speak English as a second language.

During the 2004-2005 school year, there were 321 professional teachers, resulting in a pupil/teacher ratio of 25.9. The average contract salary for teachers was $38,639.

There are six elementary schools (K-5), 1 middle school, (6-8), and 1 high school (9-12), with two campuses, in Logan. There is also a charter high school in Logan and one alternative high school in Logan for the Cache County School District. The Cache District has two regular high schools outside Logan in other cities.

Edith Bowen Laboratory School, on the campus of Utah State University, not only provides opportunities for teachers to offer innovative curriculum, but provides residents an alternative educational opportunity for their children.

Thomas Edison Charter School, which has campuses in North Logan and Nibley, is a public school for grades K-8 offering an academic stimulated curriculum. There are also a number of small private schools in Logan.

Bridgerland Applied Technology College provides opportunities for students to learn life skills in business, dental technology, design and construction, fashion and hospitality, health science, information technology, manufacturing, nutrition and food, public safety, and transportation.

Logan is also the home of Utah State University, a land-grant institution classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University Extensive, offering bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees in a variety of subjects.

Logan was also the home of Brigham Young College, a school operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It operated from 1878 until it was closed in 1926. Its library and papers were all given to Utah State University.


Given its distance from the Salt Lake City media market, Logan features a variety of media outlets which cater to residents of the Cache Valley.

Logan is home to The Herald Journal newspaper, which won the Utah Press Association's General Excellence award in 2005, which is awarded to the state's best newspaper each year. It was the first time a newspaper outside of the Salt Lake market received the award.

The Valley Channel is a local television station which provides community oriented programs, news talk shows and coverage of local high school sporting events and Utah State University hockey.

The Cache Valley Radio Group produces a variety of radio stations, including 610 AM KVNU with news and sports, 92.9 FM KBLQ with soft rock, 94.5 FM KVFX with top 40, 95.9 FM KLZX with classic rock, and 96.7 FM KKEX with country.

Utah State University also runs its own radio station, which is an affiliate of National Public Radio. Utah Public Radio is broadcast to many rural areas of the state, and is heard in Cache County on 89.5 FM and 91.5 FM. It features a state-issues talk show each weekday morning called "Access Utah" where hosts Lee Austin and Tom Williams banter about everything from legislative issues to health.


Historical Population
Year Population
1890 4,565
1900 5,451
1910 7,522
1920 9,439
1930 9,979
1940 11,868
1950 16,832
1960 18,731
1970 22,333
1980 26,844
1990 32,762
2000 42,670
2005 47,357

As of the census of 2000, there were 42,670 people, 13,902 households, and 9,175 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,583.2 people per square mile (997.3/km²). There were 14,692 housing units at an average density of 889.4/sq mi (343.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.93% White, 0.64% African American, 0.85% Native American, 3.60% Asian, 0.29% Pacific Islander, 4.08% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.22% of the population.

There were 13,902 households out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 17.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 34.3% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 9.7% from 45 to 64, and 7.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,778, and the median income for a family was $33,784. Males had a median income of $27,304 versus $19,687 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,765. About 12.6% of families and 22.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.

Businesses started in Logan, Utah

  • Cache-Landmark Engineering, Inc. - Engineers, Surveyors, Planners, Landscape Architects
  • Spillman Technologies, Inc. - Public Safety Software
  • Utah Festival Opera Company
  • Logan Manufacturing - Snowcat manufacturer
  • Icon Health & Fitness
  • Hogi Yogi - fast-food restaurant chain
  • Alco Manufacturing Company, Inc.
  • S&S Power - Amusement park ride manufacturer
  • Saddleman, Inc.
  • - A Free National Database of Trail information
  • HyClone Laboratories, Inc - cell culture growth media manufacturing
  • Sun Remarketing - In fact, the company was located in Smithfield near Logan not Logan. But, some mass media represent such as "Sun Remarketing in Logan, Utah...".

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