Introduction to Payson, Utah

Payson, Utah, in Utah county, is located 13 miles S of Provo, Utah (center to center) and is 325 miles NE of Las Vegas, Nevada. The city is considered part of the Provo - Orem metropolitan area. Payson has a population of 12,716 residents.

Payson History

Payson was originally inhabited by the Ute Indians. It first settled in 1850 by the Mormon pioneers. In fact, the city was also named after a Mormon pioneer called James Pace in 1851. Prior to that, it was known as Peteetneet Creek. The city was incorporated on 21 January 1853. The first high school of Payson was established in 1873. However, the school was closed down in 1876. The first opera house of the city was built in 1883.

Payson and nearby Attractions

  • Dup Museum and Historical Society
  • UVSC Woodbury Art Museum
  • Bridal Veil Falls
  • Utah Lake State Park
  • Whitby Beach

Things To Do In Payson

While in Payson travelers can pay a visit to the Dup Museum and Historical Society and UVSC Woodbury Art Museum. The Utah Lake State Park and Whitby Beach offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The city also includes a number of churches such as the San Andres Catholic Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and Payson Bible Chapel. The Bridal Veil Falls is less than an hour's drive away. One can also visit the Payson Skate Park. The Gladstan Golf Course provides excellent facilities for golf enthusiasts.

Payson Transportation

Salt Lake City International Airport is the nearest major air transportation facility.

Payson Higher Education

Higher studies can be pursued through Utah Valley State College, University of Phoenix - Utah Campus, Brigham Young University.


Total Population 19,313
Male Share of the Population 51.2%
Female Share of the Population 48.8%
Senior Citizens 8.3%
Employed Population 16+ 7,977
Age of the Population 27


% of people married 60.7%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.2%
Median Earnings25+ $36,730
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,560
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,429


Median Family Income $63,750
% Above Poverty Level 88.8%
% Below Poverty Level 11.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 13.3%
Median Gross Rent $857
Median House Value $182,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.7%
US/American 0.4%
English 25.9%
Irish 5.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Payson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 13 miles S of Provo, Utah (center to center)
Nearest Large City 325 miles NE of Las Vegas, Nevada
County Utah
Metro Area Provo - Orem
Standard Zip Codes 84651
Phone Area Codes 801
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.044
Longitude -111.731

Payson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 7.1 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 35 to 61 F
Jul Temp 60 to 90 F
Oct Temp 37 to 65 F
Annual Precip 18.2 inches
Distance 7.5 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 64 F
Jul Temp 59 to 92 F
Oct Temp 40 to 67 F
Annual Precip 21.5 inches
Distance 16.2 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 37 F
Apr Temp 26 to 59 F
Jul Temp 44 to 88 F
Oct Temp 26 to 66 F
Annual Precip 14.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Elk Ridge 2,856 $86,204
Genola 1,467 $69,688
Salem 7,015 $80,000
Santaquin 10,054 $64,930
Spanish Fork 36,916 $69,800
Woodland Hills 1,389 $96,354

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Payson Public Libraries

Payson City Library
Payson, Utah
(801) 465-5220

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Payson Hospitals

1000 EAST 100 NORTH
(801) 465-7100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Payson High Schools

1050 S MAIN
Serves 1,458 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.3

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