Payson, UTAH

Zip Codes 84651

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Statistics & Facts

The population of Payson is approximately 14,951 (2002). 
The approximate number of families is 2,659 (1990).
The amount of land area in Payson is 14.637 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
Payson is positioned 40.03 degrees north of the equator and 111.72 degrees west of the prime meridian. Payson elevation is 4,648 feet above sea level.

Location

Payson location: in the Utah County area, just south Provo on Interstate 15.

Climate & Weather

The climate for Payson is Moderate. There are approximately 10 to 20 inches of snow each year with much more in the mountain areas.
Payson average annual rainfall is 16 inches per year
Payson average temperature is (January) 21 (July) 83 degrees F.

History & History Related Items

Payson history:

The city was named for James Pace and founded in 1850 on the banks of Peteetneet Creek. The first spelling was Pacen, but that was changed when the community was incorporated to Payson. Peteetneet was also an early name for the area after a local Indian Chief, Peteetneet, and his people. The downtown business area has been renovated with a turn of the century motif. Payson is the gateway to many surrounding outdoor recreational areas. 
The founding of Payson: October, 1850
The incorporation date of Payson: 21 January 1853

Attractions

Payson attractions:

Mount Nebo Scenic Loop. Call (801) 785-3563 for information. The road reaches elevations of 8,000 fet and beautiful vistas. Four campgrounds are on the trail. The road is open May through October. Cross-country skiers and snowmobilers are allowed use of the area during the winter.

75th Annual Payson Golden Onion Days. Call (801) 465-0533 for more information. Fireworks, flower and art shows and lots of other fun activities. For more information, please call Diana Erb the Onion Days Coordinator at (801) 465-5226.

Annual Scottish Festival
Payson is famous for its annual Scottish Festival held each year during the 2nd weekend in July. Featured are Scottish games, contests, competitions in dance and on the pipes, vendors, Scottish food and entertainment. It is one of the best celebrations in Payson.

The Ute Indian Chief, “BlackHawk,” is buried at the BlackHawk Memorial Park 2 miles south of Payson. He was a key figure in Utah’s BLACKHAWK WAR of 1865-1872. His bones were dug up by miners in 1917 and he was on display at the LDS CHURCH HISTORY MUSEUM IN Salt Lake City until 1997 when he was re-buried in the land of his fathers – the land he protected and loved! REST IN PEACE.

Visit the Museuum at Peteetneet Academy for the Arts located at 10 South 600 East. The beautifully landscaped grounds add asthetic beauty to one of the most attractive schools in Utah. Named for Chief Peteetneet, who lived on the banks of Peteetneet Creek, the Museum now houses 8 rooms of local History, a fascinating communications room, a costume/clothing room, A school room and a fine arts gallery which features a different artist monthly. A must-see-while-you’re-in-PAYSON! 
Hours 9-4 Monday thru Friday 
Visit the Ashley National Forest Information booth

GLADSTAN GOLF COURSE – One of the finest in the State, Try- me you’ll like it! And you’ll be glad you did. Call for T-Times – 801-465-2549

The home of the once proud “Mud Castle,” the home of B.F. Johnson, a friend of the Prophet, Joseph Smith, father of 55 children with 7 wives. Here was located a pharmacy, A greenhouse (he sent plants all over the Western U.s. during 1860’s), a molasses factory, and a leather works

General Information
Payson is a small, historic community located at the entrance to a beautiful 30-mile long valley near Mt. Nebo in southern Utah County. In just a ten minute drive, residents can enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, and other nature-related activities. Each summer, Payson hosts three well-known festivals: The Scottish Festival, The Salmon Supper, and Golden Onion Days. Payson also boasts a 400-acre campus style industrial center that is adjacent to I-15 and two rail lines.

Between 1998 and 2000, Payson experienced some rapid growth, gaining nearly 1,800 new residents. Payson’s median age, 24.4, and household size, 3.71, are both above the county’s averages.

Origin of City’s Name
Payson was named for James Pace, one of the original Mormon pioneers, who settled there in 1850. For a while the settlement was known as Pacen, which changed when the town was incorporated.

Recreation   Crime  
Baseball Diamonds 7 Aggravated Assault 6
Bowling Alleys 0 Arson N/A
Covered Picnic Facilities 6 Auto Theft N/A
Golf Courses 1 Burglary 53
Indoor Facilities 0 Larceny N/A
Parks 3 Murder 0
Rodeo Grounds 0 Rape 4
Soccer/Football Fields 5 Robbery 0
Swimming Pools 1    
Tennis Courts 7    
Other: 1 horse race track, 1 public library
 
       
Median Age: 24.4   Household Size: 3.71  

Largest Employer: Mountain View Hospital: 480 employees

State Rank by Population: 34

Political Profile
Out of the 5,984 registered voters, 4,600 cast ballots in the 2000 November election. 

Barnett Elementary School

Address:
333 E 400 N
Payson, UT
84651-1899
Phone Number: (801) 465-6000
 

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Statistics for Barnett Elementary School:

School District: Nebo School District
County: Utah
Low Grade: KG
High Grade: 05
Locale: Urban Fringe of Mid-Size City
Charter: No
Magnet: No
Title 1 School: Yes
Title 1 School Wide: No
Number of Students: 515
Number of Teachers: 21.00
Teacher to Student Percent: 24.50
Male: 268
Female: 247
Native American: 12
Asian: 6
Black: 2
Hispanic: 43
White: 452
Number of Students Receiving Free Lunch: 113
Number of Students Receiving Reduced Lunch: 68
Migrant Students: 11

Parkview Elementary School

Address:
360 S 100 E
Payson, UT
84651-2451
Phone Number: (801) 465-6010
 

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Statistics for Parkview Elementary School:

School District: Nebo School District
County: Utah
Low Grade: PK
High Grade: 05
Locale: Urban Fringe of Mid-Size City
Charter: No
Magnet: No
Title 1 School: Yes
Title 1 School Wide: Yes
Number of Students: 301
Number of Teachers: 16.50
Teacher to Student Percent: 18.20
Male: 158
Female: 143
Native American: 3
Asian: 4
Black: 0
Hispanic: 26
White: 268
Number of Students Receiving Free Lunch: 88
Number of Students Receiving Reduced Lunch: 39
Migrant Students: 8

Payson High

Address:
1050 S Main
Payson, UT
84651-3319
Phone Number: (801) 465-6025
 

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Statistics for Payson High:

School District: Nebo School District
County: Utah
Low Grade: 10
High Grade: 12
Locale: Urban Fringe of Mid-Size City
Charter: No
Magnet: No
Title 1 School: No
Title 1 School Wide: 
Number of Students: 1308
Number of Teachers: 57.10
Teacher to Student Percent: 22.90
Male: 678
Female: 630
Native American: 9
Asian: 8
Black: 3
Hispanic: 70
White: 1218
Number of Students Receiving Free Lunch: 156
Number of Students Receiving Reduced Lunch: 87
Migrant Students: 42

Payson Jr High

Address:
1025 S Highway 6
Payson, UT
84651-1614
Phone Number: (801) 465-6015
 

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Statistics for Payson Jr High:

School District: Nebo School District
County: Utah
Low Grade: 08
High Grade: 09
Locale: Urban Fringe of Mid-Size City
Charter: No
Magnet: No
Title 1 School: No
Title 1 School Wide: 
Number of Students: 1037
Number of Teachers: 38.10
Teacher to Student Percent: 27.20
Male: 543
Female: 494
Native American: 6
Asian: 6
Black: 2
Hispanic: 69
White: 954
Number of Students Receiving Free Lunch: 171
Number of Students Receiving Reduced Lunch: 106
Migrant Students: 26

Payson Middle

Address:
851 W 450 S
Payson, UT
84651-2601
Phone Number: (801) 465-6040
 

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Statistics for Payson Middle:

School District: Nebo School District
County: Utah
Low Grade: 06
High Grade: 07
Locale: Urban Fringe of Mid-Size City
Charter: No
Magnet: No
Title 1 School: No
Title 1 School Wide: 
Number of Students: 964
Number of Teachers: 40.00
Teacher to Student Percent: 24.10
Male: 529
Female: 435
Native American: 13
Asian: 6
Black: 3
Hispanic: 64
White: 878
Number of Students Receiving Free Lunch: 194
Number of Students Receiving Reduced Lunch: 103
Migrant Students: 45

Taylor Elementary School

Address:
40 S 500 W
Payson, UT
84651-2028
Phone Number: (801) 465-6050
 

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Statistics for Taylor Elementary School:

School District: Nebo School District
County: Utah
Low Grade: KG
High Grade: 05
Locale: Urban Fringe of Mid-Size City
Charter: No
Magnet: No
Title 1 School: No
Title 1 School Wide: 
Number of Students: 424
Number of Teachers: 16.50
Teacher to Student Percent: 25.70
Male: 231
Female: 193
Native American: 6
Asian: 5
Black: 2
Hispanic: 28
White: 383
Number of Students Receiving Free Lunch: 84
Number of Students Receiving Reduced Lunch: 56
Migrant Students: 36

Wilson Elementary School

Address:
590 W 500 S
Payson, UT
84651-2752
Phone Number: (801) 465-6060
 

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Statistics for Wilson Elementary School:

School District: Nebo School District
County: Utah
Low Grade: PK
High Grade: 05
Locale: Urban Fringe of Mid-Size City
Charter: No
Magnet: No
Title 1 School: No
Title 1 School Wide: 
Number of Students: 771
Number of Teachers: 31.80
Teacher to Student Percent: 24.20
Male: 412
Female: 359
Native American: 10
Asian: 5
Black: 5
Hispanic: 75
White: 676
Number of Students Receiving Free Lunch: 179
Number of Students Receiving Reduced Lunch: 120
Migrant Students: 57

Link to Payson City Website: http://www.payson.org

Sources: Payson Chamber of Commerce, Utah County Assessor, Utah County Elections, U.S. Census, State Bureau of Criminal Identification, “Utah: A Guide to the State,” by Ward Roylance, and “Utah Place Names,” by John Van Cott.