This is the 16th in a weekly series of stories highlighting interesting facts about cities in Utah County.
You may have visited Alpine at the northern end of Utah County, but how much do you know about the city? Here are 10 interesting facts about Alpine.
— Stacy Johnson, Daily Herald
Alpine has more than 10,000 residents.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 population estimates, Alpine has 10,361 residents. There are 14 cities in Utah County that are larger than Alpine, and nine cities and towns in the county that are smaller in population.
Alpine is growing — slowly.
Alpine has grown 8.4 percent since 2010 when the population was recorded at 9,555, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That gives Alpine the eighth-slowest rate of growth of cities and towns in Utah County.
Utah County’s total growth rate since 2010 is at 14.6 percent.
Alpine is the sixth-smallest city by land size in Utah County.
The city of Alpine covers 7.42 square miles of land, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That makes it the sixth-smallest city by land size, next to Vineyard, Cedar Hills, Elk Ridge, Woodland Hills and Goshen.
Alpine has the second-highest average income per household in Utah County.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Alpine has a median household income of $102,122 — the second highest median household income of cities in Utah County. Highland is the only city that has a higher average household income in Utah County at $122,666.
Alpine’s population is older than the Utah County average.
The average age of Alpine residents is 28.3, making it the seventh-oldest average population of cities and towns in Utah County, behind Mapleton, Cedar Fort, Woodland Hills, Goshen, Genola and Salem.
The average age of Utah County in general is 24.4 years old.
Only 6.9 percent of Alpine’s residents are under the age of 5 and 39.1 percent of the city’s population is under the age of 18.
Alpine was once known as the settlement at Upper Dry Creek and Mountainville.
Alpine was originally called the settlement on the Upper Dry Creek according to Rulon McDaniel who has contributed to a book about Alpine titled "Alpine Yesterdays, A History of Alpine, Utah County, Utah 1850-1980," by Jennie Adams Wild. Lehi was the settlement on the lower dry creek.
The area was originally settled in 1851, and was then known as Mountainville according to “The Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine.” The settlers called it Mountainville because of the settlement’s situation at the base of the mountains. When the city was incorporated, the name was changed to Alpine.
Alpine was named because of the surrounding mountains.
Alpine's name origin is a no-brainer. Nestled in the mountains of Utah Valley, the city was named for its mountain location.
According to Rufus Wood Leigh’s article “Five Hundred Utah Place Names,” Alpine was named because the “south base of the traverse spur of the Wasatch Mountains affords superb Alpine vistas.”
Alpine is 163 years old.
Alpine was incorporated as a city on Jan. 19, 1855, making the city 163 years old.
It was incorporated less than six years after the first city in Utah County — Provo. Lehi, Payson, Springville, American Fork, Spanish Fork and Pleasant Grove were all incorporated before Alpine. Pleasant Grove was incorporated the day before Alpine and Spanish Fork was incorporated two days before Alpine.
Alpine is home to 12 city parks.
Though the city is one of the smaller cities in Utah County by land size, it is still home to 12 city parks. The parks feature facilities including playgrounds, athletic fields, basketball courts, walking paths, picnic areas, a museum, gazebos and pavilions, a splash pad and trails for biking, horses and hiking.
Alpine has been home to some well-known people.
Alpine has been home to several well-known people over the years.
In politics, current U.S. Senator Mike Lee lives in Alpine with his family. Former U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz also lives in Alpine.
In sports, Frank Jackson, who plays for the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA, lived in Alpine. He attended Lone Peak High School before going to college at Duke.
Former general authority in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints William Bangerter lived in Alpine until his death in 2010. Former General President of the Relief Society organization Julie B. Beck also lives in Alpine.
Brandon Mull, the author of the “Fablehaven” book series graduated from BYU and now lives in Alpine.