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Green River is a city in Emery Countymarker, Utahmarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 973 at the 2000 census.


Green River is located at (38.993258, -110.149961), on the banks of the Green River, after which the city is named. The San Rafael Swellmarker region is to the west of Green River, while Canyonlands National Parkmarker lies to the south. Today located exclusively in Emery County, it was split between Emery and Grandmarker counties until January 6, 2003, when Emery County's boundaries were expanded.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.6 square miles (32.7 km²), of which, 12.5 square miles (32.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (1.03%) is water.

Crystal Geysermarker, a cold water "geyser"---actually a carbon-dioxide driven, erupting well---is located about nine miles southeast of town (Glennon, J.A. and Pfaff R.M. 2005).

Green River is also a popular freeride mountain biking spot. It can be seen in films such as New World Disorder 7.


Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Green River stationmarker, operating its California Zephyr daily in both directions between Chicagomarker and Emeryville, Californiamarker across the bay from San Franciscomarker.


As of the census of 2000, there were 973 people, 329 households, and 238 families residing in the city. The population density was 77.8 people per square mile (30.0/km²). There were 376 housing units at an average density of 30.0/sq mi (11.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.28% White, 0.92% African American, 1.23% Native American, 1.23% Asian, 0.41% Pacific Islander, 7.09% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.63% of the population.

There were 329 households out of which 41.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.2% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.4% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.48.

In the city the population was spread out with 35.7% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 17.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,000, and the median income for a family was $31,667. Males had a median income of $28,417 versus $16,477 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,326. About 12.5% of families and 15.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.8% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.


Located approximately 100 miles in either direction from Richfield, Utahmarker and Grand Junction, Coloradomarker, Green River's local economy primarily caters to serving passers-by on Interstate 70 since there are no services on I-70 westbound between Green River and Salinamarker, 107 miles away. The economy relies heavily on hotels, fast food and a few other restaurants and gas stations. A large natural gas field has been discovered 3 miles south of the city. The field is operated by Delta Petroleum headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

Green River is famous for its melons. Veteri Melons are sold during the growing season, these are grown by Italian immigrants who are the local ranchers.

The Erotic Traveller, a television show on Cinemax is produced at the Midland Hotel in Green River.


Emery Telecom is the local telephone and high speed internet provider while Satview Broadband Ltd is the local cable television company.


  1. Geographic Change Notes: Utah, United States Census Bureau, 2007. Accessed 2009-03-04.

Further reading

  • Glennon, J.A., Pfaff, R.M. (2005). "The operation and geography of carbon-dioxide-driven, cold-water geysers," GOSA Transactions, vol. 9, pp. 184-192.

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