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Torrey, Utah

Coordinates: 38°17′56″N 111°25′09″W / 38.29889°N 111.41917°W / 38.29889; -111.41917
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Torrey, Utah
A Utah historic site, this old log schoolhouse with its bell tower and red sandstone steps is a reminder of Torrey's pioneer heritage.
A Utah historic site, this old log schoolhouse with its bell tower and red sandstone steps is a reminder of Torrey's pioneer heritage.
Location in Wayne County and the state of Utah.
Location in Wayne County and the state of Utah.
Coordinates: 38°17′56″N 111°25′09″W / 38.29889°N 111.41917°W / 38.29889; -111.41917[1]
CountryUnited States
Named forJay Torrey
 • Total1.66 sq mi (4.31 km2)
 • Land1.66 sq mi (4.31 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation6,837 ft (2,084 m)
 • Total182
 • Estimate 
 • Density146.63/sq mi (56.61/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code435
FIPS code49-77010[4]

Torrey is a town located on State Route 24 in Wayne County, Utah, United States, 8 miles (13 km) from Capitol Reef National Park. As of the 2010 census, the town had a population of 182.[5]



The town was established in the 1880s by settlers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was initially known as Youngtown, after John Willard Young.[6] The town is generally held to be named after Jay L. Torrey from Pittsfield, Illinois. Torrey was a member of the Wyoming legislature, who, upon the advent of the Spanish–American War, achieved national attention by proposing the creation of what became three volunteer cavalry regiments, made up of cowboys and stockmen. Torrey was commissioned colonel of the 2nd Regiment, the "Rocky Mountain Riders".[7]



Torrey is located on the north bank of the Fremont River between Boulder Mountain to the southwest and Capitol Reef National Park to the east. Teasdale is approximately three miles to the southwest, Grover is about five miles to the southeast and Bicknell is about 6 mi (10 km) to the northwest. Utah State Route 24 and Utah State Route 12 serve the community.[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.50 square miles (1.3 km2), all land.[5]


Historical population
2019 (est.)244[3]34.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 171 people, 73 households, and 50 families residing in the town. The population density was 433.3 people per square mile (169.3/km2). There were 110 housing units at an average density of 278.7 per square mile (108.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 99.42% White and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.34% of the population.

There were 73 households, out of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.2% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 21.6% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 22.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,859, and the median income for a family was $26,528. Males had a median income of $26,250 versus $16,667 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,818. About 5.9% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 20.7% of those 65 and older.

See also



  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Torrey, Utah
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Torrey town, Utah". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
  6. ^ Murphy, Miram B. A History of Wayne County (Salt Lake City: Utah Historical Society and Daggett County Commission, 1999) as reviewed in Journal of Mormon History, v27 n2, Fall 2001.
  7. ^ Wyoming Historical Society https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/other-roughriders-col-torrey-and-wyomings-volunteer-cavalry
  8. ^ Utah Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme, 9th ed. 2014, p. 52 ISBN 0899332552
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.