Davis County

Davis County Facts:

County Website: Davis County
Area: 634 square miles
: 336,043 (in 2015)
County Seat:
Origin of County Name: after Captain Daniel C. Davis of the Mormon Battalion
Cities/Towns: Bountiful, Centerville, Clearfield, Clinton, Farmington, Fruit Heights, Kaysville, Layton, North Salt Lake, South Weber, Sunset, Syracuse, West Bountiful, West Point, Woods Cross
Economy: defense industry, small manufacturing and distribution, service industries, agriculture (especially alfalfa, grain, onions, and fruit)
Points of Interest: Antelope Island, Bountiful-Davis Art Center, Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, Farmington Canyon, Farmington Rock Chapel, Freeport Center, Hill Air Force Base, Howard Slough Waterfowl Management Area, Lagoon and Pioneer Village


About Davis County:

With only 630 square miles, Davis County is the smallest Utah county in land area. Most of the county is made up of water that is part of the Great Salt Lake, leaving only about 36% of the county as land that can be used for farming and housing. Antelope Island, an island in the Great Salt Lake, is part of Davis County and is a home for Buffalo. Davis County now makes up for its lack in land size by having the third largest county population.

While early history in the Davis County area includes visits from the early Paleo-Indians and Jim Bridger, the first permanent residents were the Mormon pioneers who found the area perfect for farming and raising livestock. In the early twentieth century, Davis County prospered due to its numerous farms and many factories producing everything from canned goods to sugar. Today, Davis County is the home of the Freeport Center, the largest distribution center in the United States. Davis County is probably best known for Utah's largest amusement park, Lagoon. Davis County also contributes to the Nation's Defense at Hill Air Force Base, the county's largest employer. The Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area is an important wetland area for the state.  



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