Logan is a city in Cache County, Utah, United States. As of the 2010
census the population was 48,174, with an estimated population of
48,997 in 2014. By 2050 the population size for Logan is expected
to double. Logan is the county seat of Cache County and the
principal city of the Logan metropolitan area, which includes Cache
County and Franklin County, Idaho. The Logan metropolitan area
contained 125,442 people as of the 2010 census. In 2005 and
Morgan Quitno declared the
Logan metropolitan area
Logan metropolitan area the safest in
the United States.
Logan is the location of the main campus of
Utah State University.
2 Geography and climate
7 Arts and culture
8 Parks and recreation
10.1 Headquartered in Logan
11.2 Transit and taxi
11.3 Air travel
14 Notable people
15 See also
17 External links
The town of Logan was founded in 1859 by settlers sent by Brigham
Young to survey for the site of a fort near the banks of the Logan
River. They named their new community "Logan" for Ephraim Logan,
an early fur trapper in the area. Logan was incorporated on January
Brigham Young College was founded here on August 6, 1877
(and closed in 1926), and
Utah State University – then called
the Agricultural College of
Utah – was founded in 1888.
Logan's growth reflects settlement and post-war booms along with other
changes incidental to conditions in the West. Logan grew to about
20,000 in the mid-1960s, and according to Census estimates, exceeded
50,000 in 2015.
Geography and climate
Logan is located in northern Utah, 47 miles (76 km) north of
Ogden, on the Logan River. It is about 82 miles (132 km) north of
Salt Lake City.
View over Logan and LDS Temple to the Wellsville Range
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total
area of 18.5 square miles (48.0 km2), of which 18.0 square miles
(46.5 km2) is land and 0.58 square miles (1.5 km2), or
3.16%, is water.
The city lies near the eastern edge of
Cache Valley on the western
slopes of the Bear River Mountains. Mount Logan rises to an elevation
of 9,710 feet (2,960 m) immediately to the east, and south of
Logan Canyon. The eastern portions of the city are constructed on top
of shelf-like "benches", late
Pleistocene sedimentary deposits that
were created by the glacially fed Logan River feeding into the
northern stretches of Lake Bonneville, building a "Gilbert-type" river
delta over several thousand years. The Logan River later cut down
through these sedimentary deposits following the draining of Lake
Bonneville approximately 14,500 years ago. This created a low-lying
area with very steep slopes that reach into the rest of town and to
the Logan River bottomlands. To the west of Logan lie flatlands that
contain both farmland and marshes. To the north and south of Logan are
rapidly growing residential suburbs.
Logan has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa/Dfb) with very warm
though usually dry summers and cold winters with moderate snowfall.
Precipitation tends to be heaviest in the spring months. Similar to
other areas in northern Utah, during mid-winter high pressure systems
often situate themselves over Cache Valley, leading to strong
temperature inversions. These temperature inversions trap cold air and
pollutants and allow thick smog to accumulate in the valley about
three percent of the time. This can result in the worst air-pollution
levels in the U.S., reducing air quality to unhealthy level.
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Logan's city grid originates from its Main and Center Street block,
with Main Street running north and south, and Center east and west.
Each block north, east, south, or west of the origin accumulates in
increments of 100 (e.g. 100 North, 100 East), though some streets have
non-numeric names. This street grid is typical of many towns and
cities that were founded by Latter-day Saints in the Mormon Corridor.
Most of Logan's commercial businesses are located along Main Street,
which spans the entire city.
Logan's downtown area is located in the center of the city and is
noted for its many historic buildings and landmarks. Among them are
Logan Tabernacle and Logan
Utah Temple, which was constructed on
the highest hill in the valley so as to be seen for miles in all
directions. Both buildings are owned and operated by the LDS Church.
Along Center Street, which intersects Logan's Historic District, are a
number of stately houses on the National Register of Historic Places.
The downtown area also houses retail and cultural outlets, as well as
the municipal and county buildings and courthouses.
The eastern portion of Logan includes the Cliffside and Island
neighborhoods, as well as the University district.
University (USU), with its many educational, cultural, agricultural,
and athletic programs, was established in 1888. The campus stands on
the eastern side of the city, near to the mountains. USU is the city's
largest employer, and it has an enrollment of about 24,000 students in
Logan Canyon begins in the foothills close to campus.
Logan's southern portion is a mixture of commercial and residential,
and contains portions of the Logan River as well as the fairgrounds
and aquatic center. The northern area of Logan serves partly as a
retail district with numerous shops and restaurants, including the
Cache Valley Mall. Logan has the region's largest and most
comprehensive hospital, Logan Regional Hospital. The western portion
of Logan is set aside as a center for light industry, especially along
the area of 1000 West Street, and it also contains residential
Panorama overlooking Logan north into Idaho
The US Census Bureau estimates that as of 2014, there were 48,997
people. The population was counted at 48,174 in the 2010 census.
The racial makeup of the city in 2010 was 83.90% White, 1.0% African
American, 1.0% Native American, 3.30% Asian, 0.5% Pacific Islander,
8.0% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or
Latino of any race were 13.9% of the population.
As of the 2000 Census there were 13,902 households counted in Logan,
out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them,
55.1% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families.
17.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.20.
In the city, the population was spread out with
23.4% under the age of 18
34.3% from 18 to 24
25.5% from 25 to 44
9.7% from 45 to 64
7.1% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females there were 92.1
males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.
As of the 2000 Census the median income for a household in the city
was $30,778, and the median income for a family was $33,784. Males had
a median income of $27,304 versus $19,687 for females. The per capita
income for the city was $13,765. About 12.6% of families and 22.7% of
the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those
under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.
Mayor Craig Petersen took office in 2014 to a 4-year term beating the
incumbent mayor who was running for a third term. Randy Watts took
office on 3 January 2006, and was re-elected to another 4-year term
beginning 2010. Logan City Council Members include Eugene Needham,
Holly Daines, Karl Ward, Herm Olsen, and Jeanie Simmonds. Logan
City does not use districts for voting and election purposes, as the
mayor and council members are elected by an overall vote of the
The Old Main building at
Utah State University
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 12.3% of adults 25 years and
older have graduate or professional degrees, 22.2% have bachelor's
degrees, 8.4% have associate degrees, and 27.7% have some college but
no degree. This may be an influence of the high percentage of Utah
State University faculty and staff residing in the city.
Average ACT scores in the Logan School District in 2005 were 21.5 for
English, 21.3 for math, 22.7 for reading, 22.1 for science and 22
composite score. Average ACT scores in the Cache County School
District, which surrounds Logan city, in 2005 were 20.9 in English,
20.8 in math, 22.5 in reading, 21.5 in science and 21.5 composite
score. 250 Logan High students took the ACT in 2005 and 593 Mountain
Crest/Sky View/Cache High students (in Cache County School District)
took the test in 2005.
Approximately $4,146 is spent per pupil in the Logan School District.
In October 2005, there were 2,600 kindergarten through fifth-grade
students, 1,252 sixth- through eighth-grade students and 1,702 high
school students. Those numbers report about a 100-student decrease
from the previous year. Drop-out rate was 2.3%. 11% of students speak
English as a second language.
During the 2004–2005 school year there were 321 professional
teachers, resulting in a pupil/teacher ratio of 25.9. The average
contract salary for teachers was $38,639.
There are six elementary schools (K-5), one middle school, (6–8),
and one high school (9–12), with two campuses, in Logan. There is
also a charter high school in Logan and one alternative high school in
Logan for the Cache County School District. The Cache District has
four regular high schools outside Logan in other cities.
Edith Bowen Laboratory School, on the campus of
Utah State University,
provides an alternative educational opportunity for children.
Thomas Edison Charter School, which has campuses in North Logan and
Nibley, is a public school for grades K-8 offering an academic
stimulated curriculum. There are also a number of small private
schools in Logan.
InTech Collegiate High School is a public charter school at the
Innovation Campus of
Utah State University, just outside Logan. It
offers an early college program and a STEM (science, technology,
engineering, and math)-focused curriculum for grades 9–12.
Bridgerland Applied Technology College provides classes in business,
dental technology, design and construction, fashion and hospitality,
health science, information technology, manufacturing, nutrition and
food, public safety, and transportation.
Logan is the home of
Utah State University, a Land-Grant University
that is classified by Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral/Research
University Extensive, offering bachelor's degrees, master's degrees,
and doctoral degrees in several fields.
Logan was home to the
Brigham Young College, a college run by The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1878 to
1926. Its library and its papers were given to the
University when it ceased operating.
Arts and culture
Ellen Eccles Theatre
Logan is home to the
Utah Festival Opera, which hosts a number of
performances through the year. The
Ellen Eccles Theatre shows
concerts, community theater, ballet, and classic movies, and it also
hosts national touring companies.
Cache Valley Center for the Arts
offers a variety of community arts classes and hosts numerous "Gallery
Walk" events throughout the year in which participating businesses in
historic downtown Logan feature different art, music, and food. The
Summerfest Arts Faire, held annually at the Logan Tabernacle
grounds on Father's Day Weekend, celebrates the arts through a fine
art/fine craft festival with music, food and children's activities.
Utah State University hosts many artistic and cultural events,
including traveling art galleries, symphony performances, plays and
Logan Library, founded in 1916, makes more than 200,000 items
available for residents to borrow and also hosts hundreds of events
each year for all ages.
Logan hosts a vendor owned farmers' market every Saturday from May
thru October. Named one of America's best farmers' markets in 2009,
Cache Valley Gardeners' Market" was located at
Merlin Olsen Park,
and is now located in front of City Hall. Over twenty years old, the
market is known as a gathering place for the sale of fresh, local
produce, coffee, artisan breads, eggs, homecrafted gift items, art,
children's activities and also for weekly concerts.
In 2009, Logan ranked No. 10 on
Newsmax magazine's list of the "Top 25
Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns," a piece written by current
CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg. In determining his ranking,
Greenberg cited the popular
Utah Festival Opera.
Parks and recreation
Bald eagle, Zootah at Willow Park
Logan's Parks and Recreation department runs the Logan River Golf
Course, the Logan/Cache County Fairgrounds, and the Logan Aquatic
Logan Canyon has numerous hiking and camping areas, and its scenic
First, Second, and Third Dams provide popular gathering spots for
picnics and fishing.
Tony Grove Lake
Tony Grove Lake is located 25 miles to the east,
at an elevation of 8,050 feet, with fishing, canoeing, camping and
Logan Canyon also offers rock-climbing,
snowmobiling, hunting and skiing.
Zootah at Willow Park is a small zoo in Logan's Willow Park, with a
small collection of wild animals including monkeys, coyotes, bobcats,
bald eagles, and land birds and ducks.
Logan is the home of two full-length golf courses, the Logan River
Golf Course and the Logan Golf and Country Club. Other golf courses
are also found around the
Cache Valley Area.
There are numerous events at the Logan/Cache County Fairgrounds
including fairs, rodeos, and demolition derbies. Nearby, the city of
Logan runs an aquatic center and a skate park. During the winter
season, the city operates an outdoor ice skating rink at Merlin Olsen
Park (Central Park).
Logan is home to The Herald Journal, a daily newspaper, and the Cache
Valley Daily, a news site operated by
KVNU 610 AM / 102.1 FM and
Cache Valley Media Group. Both news outlets cover the Logan and
Cache Valley area. Many Logan residents also subscribe to the Salt
Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News, both of which
Cache Valley happenings to some degree.
Utah Media Group and KUTA-TV 8 own and operate multiple news
television stations and the largest information website chain within
the area. KUTA-TV 8 has coverage on digital 8.1, USU cable channel 61,
and Comcast channel 118. Northern
Utah Media Group owns and operates
over 150 websites covering the
Cache Valley and Northern Utah
area.Each website contains many years' worth of video archives of
local miscellaneous community events, government meetings, USU
athletics, high school sports events, performances and news
The Valley Channel is a local television station which provides
community-oriented programs, news talk shows, and coverage of local
high school sporting events and
Utah State University hockey. For
primary television network affiliates, Logan is considered part of the
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City media market.
Utah Public Radio (UPR) is a National Public Radio affiliate located
on the Logan campus of
Utah State University and a part of the College
of Humanities and Social Sciences. It broadcasts in Logan at 89.5 FM
and 91.5 FM.
Cache Valley Media Group includes several radio stations, such as
KVNU 610 AM / 102.1 FM with local news and talk programs,
Aggies and Logan High School sports, 92.9 FM
KBLQ with soft rock, 94.5
KVFX with Top 40, 95.9 FM
KLZX with classic rock, 96.7 FM
country, 103.9 KGNT with oldies, and 1390 AM / 103.3 FM KLGN.
Utah Statesman, a student-run newspaper based on the
Campus covers the majority of campus news as well as the connections
between USU and the community.
Logan has a wide diversity of economic sectors with a focus on
education, manufacturing and processing, medical services,
agriculture, and retail businesses. The city's largest employer is
Utah State University, with other major employers including Icon
Health & Fitness, Cache County School District, Logan Regional
Hospital, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Gossner Foods, and Schreiber
Headquartered in Logan
Utah State University – doctoral land-grant university with high
Space Dynamics Laboratory - USU owned research corporation focused on
space-based sensors, cubesates, and serving MDA and DoD.
ICON Health & Fitness – developer, manufacturer, and marketer of
S&S Worldwide – an amusement park ride manufacturer
Gossner Foods – dairy product manufacturer and producer
Opera – founded and headquartered in Logan
Ifrogz - cases for Apple products and headphones with global
headquarters in Logan, UT
Altra Zero Drop Footwear
Altra Zero Drop Footwear - road running, trail running and minimalist
Scytek Laboratories Inc - Packaging and Antibodies Manufacturer in
General Electric – formerly HyClone. Sera, Nutrients and Single-Use
Bioprocessing Products and Services.
RR Donnelley – formerly Moore Wallace. Mass printing and
PoliticIt - headquartered in Logan Utah,
PoliticIt is a political
website that predicts election outcomes using digital influence.
Life Technologies - a part of Thermo Fisher Scientific. Single Use
Technology for biotech.
Downtown transit station
In 2009, the Logan metropolitan statistical area (MSA) ranked as the
eighth highest in the
United States for percentage of commuters who
biked to work (3.3 percent).
U.S. Highways US-89 and US-91 enter Logan from the southwest as a
combined highway, and then separate in downtown Logan. US-91 goes
north into Idaho, and US-89 goes east into Logan Canyon, and thence to
Bear Lake. The Logan Utah-
Metropolitan Statistical Area
Metropolitan Statistical Area is one
of the few metropolitan statistical areas in
Utah not connected via an
interstate highway (Interstate 15), and one of the few its size not
connected to any interstate anywhere.
Transit and taxi
Logan is served by a local sales-tax-funded zero-fare bus system
Cache Valley Transit District (CVTD), which incorporated
the Logan Transit District (LTD) in 2007. The LTD system began in 1992
with six routes in Logan. Service outside of Logan began with the
formation of CVTD in 2001. Currently, system consists of 16 routes
that serve Logan and the adjacent cities of North Logan and River
Heights. These include a northern route that reaches north to
Richmond, and a southern route that serves the southern suburbs and
Hyrum. There is also a five-time daily connection to Lewiston and
Preston, Idaho. Despite a shorter distance to, and a larger
resident population, there remains no connection with Brigham City
within the CVTD; some have speculated that this is due to pressure
from the For-Profit shuttle, Salt Lake Express, operating within Cache
There are also two taxi companies, Cache Cab LLC and Logan Taxi.
There is a public general aviation airport at Logan, the Logan-Cache
IATA code LGU), but it has no scheduled airline services
at this time. However, Logan is within ready driving distance or
shuttle ride of
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City International Airport.
Logan hosts the annual "
Cache Valley Cruise-In", Utah's largest
automotive event, with a three-day exhibit of special cars and
vehicles, concerts, and other activities. Events conclude with a car
parade on Main Street.
Logan is also home to the annual "Small Satellite Conference", a week
long conference attended by industry and academia from around the
world, hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and
Utah State University.
Each July Logan showcases local artwork, food, and performers at its
annual Summerfest Arts Faire on the lawn of the historic Logan
In October 2016 the city held its first annual LGBTQA Pride festival.
CNN Money magazine ranked Logan third on its list of Best Places to
Retire Young in 2007.
Forbes listed Logan 10th on its list of Best Small Places For
Business & Careers.
The Monday Report listed Logan as the most walkable community in Utah
in a 2009 study.
The Daily Beast ranked Logan the #1 city in America to be a
kid on Christmas.
Jawahir Ahmed, model and beauty pageant winner
Neil L. Andersen,
LDS Church apostle (born in Logan; raised in
Rocky Anderson, mayor of Salt Lake City, 2000–08, US Presidential
Michael Ballam, opera singer, founder of
NASCAR driver
Hugh B. Brown
Hugh B. Brown (1883-1975), Canadian military officer, oil company
LDS Church leader
Ron Carlson, novelist and short story writer
Quentin L. Cook,
LDS Church apostle
Chris Cooley, Pro Bowl tight end for Washington Redskins
NFL wide receiver
Marriner Eccles, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank
Luke Falk, quarterback for Washington State University
Rulon Gardner, 2000 Olympic gold medalist (Greco-Roman wrestling)
Hal Garner, linebacker for the Buffalo Bills, 1985–91
John Gilbert, actor, silent film star
Morris R. Jeppson, weapons test officer, Enola Gay
Robert M. Kimmitt, former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, United
States Ambassador to Germany
Russell Maughan, pioneer aviator, first person to fly across America
in a single day
Joseph M. Newman, film director
Chase Nielsen, member of
Doolittle Raid on Japan in mid-1942
Merlin Olsen, former defensive tackle for Los Angeles Rams, member of
college football and pro football Hall of Fame, actor and TV
L. Tom Perry,
LDS Church apostle, graduate of
Utah State Agricultural
Utah State University)
Casey Robinson, screenwriter and film producer
Lenore Romney, former First Lady of Michigan, U.S. Senate candidate,
mother of Mitt Romney
May Swenson, poet
Jean Sullivan, actress
Kip Thorne, astronomer and physicist
John W. Welch, law and religion scholar
Evelyn Wood, teacher of speed-reading for many years, entrepreneur in
Elaine Bradley, member of
Neon Trees alternative rock band.
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