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.
More information for Davis County can be found at the following sites:
- Davis County Tourism and Events
- Go-Utah - Antelope Island
- Go-Utah - Davis County
- Great Salt Lake
- Utah.com - Davis County
- Utah Counties Profile - Davis County
- Utah History Encyclopedia - Davis County
- Utah History for Kids - Davis County
- U.S. Census QuickFacts - Davis County
- Visit Utah - Davis County