Stockton, Utah

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Stockton, Utah
Main Street in winter
Main Street in winter
Location in Tooele County and the state of Utah
Location in Tooele County and the state of Utah
Location of Utah in the United States
Location of Utah in the United States
Coordinates: 40°27′4″N 112°21′43″W / 40.45111°N 112.36194°W / 40.45111; -112.36194Coordinates: 40°27′4″N 112°21′43″W / 40.45111°N 112.36194°W / 40.45111; -112.36194
CountryUnited States
Named forStockton, California[2]
 • TypeMayor/Council
 • MayorThomas Karjola
 • Total1.69 sq mi (4.38 km2)
 • Land1.68 sq mi (4.36 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
5,118 ft (1,560 m)
 • Total616
 • Estimate 
 • Density405.23/sq mi (156.46/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)435
FIPS code49-73050[5]
GNIS feature ID1432990[6]

Stockton is a town in Tooele County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Salt Lake City, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 616 at the 2010 census.


Stockton was born of the first mining boom in the Utah Territory. The mining industry began in the early 1860s with the arrival of Col. Patrick E. Connor,[7] commander of the Third California Volunteers, who had been sent to the territory[8] in 1862 to keep an eye on the overland mail routes during the Civil War. Connor wanted to counterbalance his perceived dominance of Mormon leaders in the area by exploring and developing the territory's mineral wealth. He posited that if precious metals could be discovered in Utah, the resulting flood of miners into the territory would overwhelm the Mormons, and outsiders would balance the Church's power. So he sent the men under his command out to prospect, and they almost singlehandedly opened the precious metals industry in Utah in 1863 by locating deposits, staking claims, and establishing mining districts.[9] Mines were dug on the western slopes of the Oquirrh Mountains, and Stockton became a base camp for some these operations.

The small town was first settled in 1863. Under the growing influence of the mining industry, the population swelled to 4,000 residents. It was the first town in the Utah Territories to have its streets surveyed and named, and it later gained the distinction of being the first to get electric lights, and the first to get a telephone.[10] A town cemetery (northwest of the settlement) was created shortly into the twentieth century. Other amenities were slowly addressed, and they now include a ball diamond, a city park, a city hall, a fire station, a municipal water system, and a centralized wastewater collection/disposal system.

A sesquicentennial commemoration was held on April 27, 2013 to mark the town's founding. Part of the ceremony was the unveiling of a welcome sign, mounted on the north end town and visible from the main highway through the town's business district, SR-36.[11]


The town is led by a mayor and a town council. At the end of 2012, the following departments or personnel are also in existence:

  • Town clerk (part-time employee)
  • Town treasurer (part-time employee)
  • Third District Court Judge and Clerk (part-time employees)
  • Town attorney (on retainer)
  • Planning and zoning committee (5 volunteer members)
  • Police department (one full-time employee and 8 reserve volunteers)
  • Fire department (all volunteers)
  • Public works (one full-time employee)
    • Streets
    • Parks
    • Cemetery
    • Garbage

Stockton made headlines in 2009 after Mayor Dan Rydalch fired one of the town's five police officers for issuing his son a traffic citation.[12]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.9 square mile (2.4 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)682[4]10.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 616 people, 216 households, and 173 families residing in the town. The population density was 596.7 people per square mile (256.7/km2). There were 237 housing units at an average density of 213.3 per square mile (98.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.6% White, 0.6% Native American, 1.7% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.7% of the population.

There were 216 households, out of which 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.8% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.9% were non-families. 16.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 23.7% age 14 and younger, 11.2% from 15 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.8 years. Total males were 52.4%.

As of 2000, the median income for a household in the town was $40,938, and the median income for a family was $45,179. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $25,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,894. About 7.2% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Town website (the town is gearing to celebrate the sesquicentennial of its settlement in January 2013)
  2. ^ The 3rd Regiment of California Volunteers, commanded by Col. Connor, had been organized in Stockton, California.
  3. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  7. ^ The town's main street was named Connor Avenue in his honor. It is presently the route of Utah State Route 36, running north-south through the center of the small business district.
  8. ^ Connor's unit was posted to Camp Relief, near the present site of Stockton.
  9. ^ History To Go,
  10. ^ Tooele Transcript-Bulletin, 150 Years of Stockton, Jewel Punzalan Allen, April 25, 2013, p. B1
  11. ^ Tooele Transcript-Bulletin, April 30, 2013, p. A3, Welcome Sign for Stockton
  12. ^ Jennifer Stagg (October 27, 2009). Stockton officer defends actions in spite of suspension. Salt Lake City, Utah: KSL-TV. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  13. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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