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Moab is a city in Grand County.

It is the county seat.

One tradition says the community was named for a biblical place; another suggests the name derives from a Piute term for "mosquito."

The latitude of Moab is 38.573N. The longitude is -109.549W.

It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 4,026 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 4,845.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$32,620
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Moab demographic reports
Moab is near the Colorado River.
Former and merged names include:
· Grand Valley
· Plainfield
· Spanish Valley
· Bueno
· Mormon Fort
· Poverty Flats
Settled in 1855 by Mormons who were driven away by Indians. The area was resettled in 1876

Uranium was discovered near here in the 1950s. In recent years, the economy has moved from mining to tourism. The area has become a popular spot for mountain bikers

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 22. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 4.5 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 2000 movie, "Mission Impossible II"
· 1997 movie, "Breakdown"
· 1994 movie, "City Slickers II"
Local festivals include:
  • Cowboy Poetry Festival - Feb. 16-19, 2007
  • Skydive Moab Festival - Sept. 27-30, 2007
  • Arts Festival - May 26-27, 2007
  • Folk Festival - Nov. 2-4, 2007
  • Desert Rocks Music Festival - May 25-27, 2007
  • Music Festival - Aug. 30-Sept. 15, 2007
Dates often change. Check Moab web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Slickrock Trail
Popular site for mountain biking
Historic sites and museums: Dan O'Laurie Museum
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Quotes:
I cannot conceive of a more worthless and impracticable region than the one we now found ourselves in.
-- Capt. John Macomb, 1859

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Moab demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Grand County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 84532 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

15% of Moab residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Moab ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Moab was $16,228, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

21% of Moab residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

Entertainment
Environment
Fairs, festivals & other events
Moab festival dates:

Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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Geocaching & geography
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Government
Guides to Moab
Health
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History
Housing & real estate

Median rent in Moab, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $420.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $753.


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Libraries

Libraries in Moab include Grand County Public Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Moab include Moab Times-Independent

Military
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Parks & recreation
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Photos & post cards
Politics

Grand County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Moab political report.

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Religion
Restaurants
Traffic

The average commute time for Moab workers is 15 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

Travel

Hotels in Moab include Aarchway Inn, Apache Motel, Best Western, Best Western Greenwell Inn, Big Horn Lodge, Comfort Suites Moab, Days Inn, Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, La Quinta Inn Moab, Motel 6 Moab ... More hotels.

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Moab, UT

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“ I cannot conceive of a more worthless and impracticable region than the one we now found ourselves in. ”
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