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Overview

Introduction to Vernal, Utah

Vernal, Utah, in Uintah county, is located 113 miles E of Provo, Utah (center to center) and is 245 miles W of Denver, Colorado.

Vernal History

Vernal originally served as hunting grounds for the Native Americans. The area was first settled on June 6, 1878 by David Johnston and his family. At that time, it was known as the Bench. The other early settlers include Alva Hatch, his father Jeremiah Hatch, and their families. The Vernal post office was established in the late 1800s. It was incorporated in1897. Vernal had the first oil boom in 1948. The city is the county seat of Uintah County, which was founded in 1880.

Vernal and nearby Attractions

  • Thorne Museum and Studio
  • Western Heritage Museum
  • Wild Waters
  • Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum
  • Red Fleet State Park
  • Dinosaur National Monument

Things To Do In Vernal

While staying in Vernal one can pay a visit to the Dinosaur National Monument, Western Heritage Museum, Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum, and Thorne Museum and Studio. The Red Fleet State Park, Steinaker State Park, and Utah Field House of Natural History State Park are also nearby. The city is home to many churches such as the Kingsbury Community Church, Vernal Christian Church, Assembly of God Church, and Saint James Catholic Church. It also hosts the Uintah County Fair every year in the month of August.

Vernal Transportation

Rock Springs - Sweetwater County Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Vernal Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued through Mesa State College, Brigham Young University, and Utah Valley State College.

People

Total Population 10,321
Male Share of the Population 53.2%
Female Share of the Population 46.8%
Senior Citizens 10%
Employed Population 16+ 4,609
Age of the Population 30

Families

% of people married 50.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $64,144
% Above Poverty Level 88%
% Below Poverty Level 12%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 4.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.5%
Median Gross Rent $854
Median House Value $175,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.1%
US/American 0%
English 15.3%
Irish 6.2%

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

Vernal Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 113 miles E of Provo, Utah (center to center)
Nearest Large City 245 miles W of Denver, Colorado
County Uintah
Standard Zip Codes 84078
P.O. Box Zip Codes 84079
Phone Area Codes 435
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.455
Longitude -109.528

Vernal Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station VERNAL AP
Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 30 F
Apr Temp 32 to 63 F
Jul Temp 53 to 90 F
Oct Temp 32 to 63 F
Annual Precip 8.7 inches
Station MAESER 9 NW
Distance 10.6 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 33 F
Apr Temp 31 to 57 F
Jul Temp 54 to 84 F
Oct Temp 34 to 60 F
Annual Precip 14 inches
Station ROOSEVELT RADIO
Distance 26 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 30 F
Apr Temp 30 to 65 F
Jul Temp 51 to 91 F
Oct Temp 30 to 65 F
Annual Precip 7.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Vernal, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Dry Fork (84078)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Naples 2,352 $78,854

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

Vernal Public Libraries

Library
Uintah County Library
155 EAST MAIN STREET
Vernal, Utah
(435) 789-0091
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Vernal Hospitals

ASHLEY VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
151 WEST 200 NORTH
(435) 789-3342
Emergency Service: Yes

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1880 W 500 N
435-781-3110
Serves 1,182 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21

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1880 W 500 N
435-781-3110
A Non-traditional School
Serves 19 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19

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