407 apartments for rent in Davis, UT
Want a home where the buffalo roam? Check out Davis County, Utah; the animals who roam are actually bison, but the outlook here is positive. While some populations in the US are decreasing, Davis County is one area that’s growing; as of 2010 the population was 306,479, a 28 percent increase over the 2000 census.
The county was named for Daniel C. Davis, captain in the Mormon Battalion. Its county seat is Farmington and its largest city is Layton. The county covers a total area of 634 square miles, making it the smallest county in Utah; 329 square miles of it – more than 51 percent – is water.
Davis County includes Antelope Island, the largest of the Great Salt Lake’s nine islands covering 28,022 acres. The entire island is a state park, designated to protect wildlife on the island including bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope. Deer, bobcats, coyotes, many varieties of birds and waterfowl also call the island home. But most famous are Antelope Island’s American Bison, introduced to the island in 1893 and now numbering approximately 600.
The park is accessible by boat or automobile. The island offers white sand beaches, hiking, biking and horseback trails. Facilities include a marina that serves power boats, sailboats and kayaks; a beach picnic area; and camping areas for RVs and tents, with water and showers. A restaurant is available on the island and concessionaires provide other limited goods and services.
Farmington was designated as Davis’ county seat because of its geographic location midway between boundaries at the Weber River on the north and the Jordan River on the south. During its first 50 years, Davis County grew slowly; but with the establishment of Hill Air Force Base in northern Davis County, there was a surge of civilian employment after World War II. The Air Force Base accounts for about 12 percent of the economy of Davis County, dominating other income sources. Earnings of civilians at Hill are almost double the state average.
The county doubled in population between 1940 and 1950, and doubled again between 1950 and 1960 as part of the nationwide suburb boom that was occurring at the time. By 2030, the population of Davis County is projected to be approximately 360,000.