Clearfield is a city in Davis County, Utah, United States. The population was 30,112 at the 2010 census. The city grew drastically during the 1940s, with the formation of Hill Air Force Base, and in the 1950s with the nationwide increase in suburb and “bedroom” community populations and has been steadily growing since then.
Clearfield City has a total land area of 7.8 square miles (20.1 km), and a population of 30,112 as of the 2010 Census, making it the third largest city in Davis County, behind Layton and Bountiful. This creates a population density of 1498.1 people per square kilometer, or 3860.5 people per square mile. Clearfield City has an average elevation of 4,327 feet (1,320 m) above sea level. The lowest point within the boundaries of the city is 4,314 feet (1,315 m) at the intersection of 1000 West and Antelope Drive on the city’s western edge and the highest is 4,711 feet (1,436 m) at a point that is within the city’s northeast corner, but physically located on Hill Air Force Base property along Constitution Way in their housing area. (AGRC)
The city is located in the north central portion of Davis County. The county is surrounded by the Great Salt Lake to the west and the steep Wasatch Range on the east, although neither of these notable natural landmarks is physically within the city boundaries. Directly encircling Clearfield are the cities/areas of Sunset City to the north, Clinton City to the northwest, Syracuse City and West Point City to the west, Layton City to the south and east, and Hill Air Force Base military installation to the northeast.
There are no major lakes or rivers within the city. There are a few small ponds, mostly at public parks or on privately owned property. The only significant waterway in the city is the Weber and Davis Canal along the east and northeast edge of the city that extends both north and south of the city boundaries. The Clearfield Canal Trail parallels the canal for a portion of its trip through Clearfield. The Great Salt Lake is separated from Clearfield City by marshlands, mudflats and the cities in between. The metabolic activities of bacteria in the lake result in a phenomenon known as “lake stink”, a scent similar to sulfur, once or twice a year for a few hours.
The highest mountaintops visible from Clearfield City are Deseret Peak in Tooele County at 11,031 feet (3,362 m), Ben Lomond Peak in Weber County at 9,712 feet (2,960 m), and Thurston Peak, just to the west of Clearfield at 9,706 feet (2,958 m). Ben Lomond Peak and Thurston Peak are located in the Wasatch Range. The Wasatch Fault is found along the western base of the Wasatch Range and is considered overdue for an earthquake as large as 7.5. Catastrophic damage is predicted in the event of an earthquake with major damage resulting from the liquefaction of the clay- and sand-based soil. The largest earthquake that has occurred near Clearfield City in the recorded past occurred on 12/7/1967, and was 21.5 miles (34.6 km) away in Park City, Utah and registered at magnitude of 4.3.
The Wasatch Front valley floor is the ancient lakebed of Lake Bonneville which existed at the end of the last Ice Age. Several Lake Bonneville shorelines can be distinctly seen on the foothills or benches of nearby mountains.
According to the 2010 United States Census, in the city of Clearfield there were 30,112 people living in 9,595 households, of which 76.5% were families. The population density was 3,950 per square mile, with a total land area of 7.8 miles. Of the population 25 years and older, 15.8% have earned a bachelor’s degree, while 5.1% have a graduate or professional degree. Of those 25 and older, 92.2% are high school graduates or higher. Seven percent of the city’s housing units were vacant in 2010, with only 1.1% of those for sale.
In 2010, the median income for a household in the city was $47,570, and the median income for a family was $49,913. Males had a median income of $39,942 versus $27,419 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,026.
Clearfield Utah neighborhoods include: 450 W, 9th and Main, Al Vita Park, Chelemes Farms, Clearfield, Clinton, E 200 – S St, Fox Hollow Park, Jacobsen Park, Jamarl Acres, Lexington Park, Pratts, Ross Dr, South Main, Sundowner, Sunset, W 1700 S, West Point North