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Grand County is a county located in the U.S. state of Utahmarker. As of 2000 the population was 8,485, and by 2005 had been estimated at 8,743. It was named for the Colorado Rivermarker, which at the time of statehood was known as the Grand River. Its county seat and largest city is Moabmarker .


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,694 square miles (9,568 km²), of which, 3,682 square miles (9,535 km²) of it is land and 13 square miles (32 km²) of it (0.34%) is water. The Green River forms the western boundary and Coloradomarker lies on the eastern boundary. The Colorado Rivermarker flows through the southeast corner. Deserts, cliffs and plateaus make up the scenery, with few settlements apart from the city of Moab, a Colorado Rivermarker oasis. Arches National Parkmarker lies in the southern part of the county, just north of Moab. Also, the northernmost extension of Canyonlands National Parkmarker lies in the southwest corner of the county.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 8,485 people, 3,434 households, and 2,170 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 4,062 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.65% White, 0.25% Black or African American, 3.85% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.66% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. 5.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,434 households out of which 29.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.60% were married couples living together, 10.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.80% were non-families. 29.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.90% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,387, and the median income for a family was $39,095. Males had a median income of $31,000 versus $21,769 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,356. About 10.90% of families and 14.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.20% of those under age 18 and 8.40% of those age 65 or over.

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