Minorities in Davis County consist of roughly 12% of the population in 2008, with Hispanic/Latino being the largest racial group at approximately 7.7%. Roughly 88% of the population of Davis County is caucasian or white.
According to the Census Bureau in 2000, 7.6% of Davis County residents sometimes or always speak a language other than English at home. Due to a large concentration of returned Mormon Missionaries it is easy to find employees who speak any language fluently. Second language capability, coupled with a great work ethic and a high rate of college graduates makes Davis County a great place to grow a business and raise a family.
According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, in 2008, Mormons (formal name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) in the State of Utah comprise 58% of the population. Besides Mormon, Utahns’ classify themselves as Unaffiliated (16%), Protestant (14%), Catholic (10%), with other religions like Orthodox, Jehovah’s Witness, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and other faiths all comprising less than 2% of the Utah population. Even though Mormonism is the predominent religion, all faiths are welcomed in Utah.
Davis County is a safe community. Out of 1,000 people, 4.7 will experience a violent crime in the United States. In Utah that drops to 2.5 and in Davis County it drops to 1.3 people per 1,000. This makes Davis County one of the safest communities against violent crimes.
Overall, the state of Utah has seen a drop in crime since 2006 when compared to the national average. Overall the national average has been dropping since 1997. In 1998 Utah went to a different reporting system and they felt that is why the numbers were out of line. The overall drop has been attributed to increases in police force and increase in the prison population.
Currently, Utah ranks 10th in the nation when comparing state level law enforcement agency employees. When comparing Utah to Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho we have the lowest violent crime per capita. Over all Utah is number four when combining violent and property crime compared to the seven Western States and is under the United States average overall.
Overall, compared to the United States as a whole, Davis County and the State of Utah have a low crime rate. When compared to other states with dense populations of the same size, Utah was towards the top of safest places to live and do business. Every city in Davis County has a police force as well as the county. Davis County is less than 1/3 the overall average of violent crimes. With regards to property crimes, Davis County is in line with the state and overall US averages.
For more information on Crime statistics or information please see the Davis County Sheriffs at http://www.co.davis.ut.us/sheriff/default.cfm or by calling 801-451-4100.
By total land area, Davis County is the smallest county in Utah. Its total area is 634 square miles (304 sq mi of land; 329 sq mi of water). Davis County is part of the Wasatch Front; to its north is Weber County, to its south is Salt Lake County, to the west is the Great Salt Lake and then Box Elder and Toole County, and to the east is the Wasatch Mountain Range and Morgan County.
The average elevation in Davis County is approximately 4,200 feet, with the highest peak in the county of Thurston Peak at 9,707 feet.
Davis County is considered by scientists to be in a cold semi-arid climate, which means the climate can feature warm to hot summers and cold, sometimes very cold winters, as well as major temperature swings between day and night by as much as 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
The coldest temperatures in Davis County occur in January with an average low of 20°F; whereas the hottest temperatures occur in July with an average high of 89°F.
Annual precipitation levels average between 18 and 25 inches, with the month of May being the highest with an average of 2.7 inches and the month of July being the lowest with only 0.98 inches. It must be noted that due to Davis County’s bordering relationship with the Great Salt Lake, an occurrence called “Lake-Effect Snow” can produce above average snowfalls because cold winds from the west move across the long expanse of the Great Salt Lake’s warmer water, providing energy and picking up water vapor which freezes and is deposited onto the relatively narrow section of Davis County that is sandwiched between the Great Salt Lake to the west and the Wasatch Mountain Range to the east. This can lead to snow during the winter on the valley floor of Davis County of roughly 60 inches and on the high bench areas up to 90 inches average for the entire winter season.