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Welcome to Moab ...

The city of Moab is located in Grand County<1> and is the County Seat for Grand County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Moab has a population of 5,336 people<2> (see below for details).

Moab was established in 1878 and was incorporated December 20, 1902.

In the past, Moab was named Grand Valley and Mormon Fort. For more information about the names of Moab, see The Names of Moab on our Genealogy Page.

The community of Moab is 4,010 feet [1,222 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the elevation of Moab is ¾ mile [or ~1¼ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Moab lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

Moab lies within the (435) area code.

The ZIP code for Moab: 84532<4>

Websites for Moab ...

Official Website:   www.moabcity.state.ut.us/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.moabchamber.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Moab had an population of 5,336 people. This is an increase of 5.75% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 11.66% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Moab had a population of 5,046 people (or 54.7% of the total population of Grand County). This makes Moab the county's most populous community.

The population of Moab represents 0.18% of the population of Utah (which has 2,763,885 people), making it the state's 84th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 5,046 people, the population of Moab increased 5.59% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 4,779 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Moab.

Adding Moab to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of Moab in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of Moab elsewhere: The earliest map where we found it was on a .

We also found Moab mentioned in the book Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Moab on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Moab ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 4 communities that are also named Moab - they are located in Arkansas, Missouri, Virginia and Washington.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Moab.

Communities near Moab ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Moab.

  • Castle Valley [Grand County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Castle Valley
    • Castle Valley [Grand County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the northeast of Moab
    • Estimated population in 2019: 350 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Castle Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Castle Valley
  • Spanish Valley [San Juan County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spanish Valley
    • Spanish Valley [San Juan County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the southeast of Moab
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spanish Valley
  • Plainfield [Grand County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plainfield
    • Plainfield [Grand County] was located 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the southeast of Moab
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Plainfield. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<7>
    • Plainfield has also been known as:
    • Bueno
    • Poverty Flat
    • Poverty Flats
    • Spanish Valley
  • Wilson's Mesa [Grand County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wilson's Mesa
    • Wilson's Mesa [Grand County] was located 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the east of Moab
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Wilson's Mesa. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<7>
    • Wilson's Mesa has also been known as:
    • Mesa
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Castleton [Grand County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Castleton
      • Castleton [Grand County] was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the east of Moab
    • Richardson [Grand County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Richardson
      • Richardson [Grand County] was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the northeast of Moab
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Richardson. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<7>
    • Basin [Grand County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Basin
      • Basin [Grand County] was located 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the east of Moab
    • Dewey [Grand County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dewey
      • Dewey [Grand County] was located 21 miles [33.8 km]<5> to the northeast of Moab
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dewey have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Dewey:
      • Kingsferry
    • La Sal [San Juan County]
    • Valley City [Grand County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Valley City
      • Valley City [Grand County] was located 24 miles [38.6 km]<5> to the northwest of Moab
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Valley City. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<7>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Moab. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Moab.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Moab. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Moab.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Moab. See our Newspapers Page for Moab.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Moab ...

Looking for more information about Moab? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Moab, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Moab.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Grand County

About Utah

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Moab: www.moabcity.state.ut.us/

The official website for Grand County: www.grandcountyutah.net/

The official website for State of Utah: https://www.utah.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Utah's counties, including Grand, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Moab.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Moab - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Moab). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Moab or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Moab) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Moab. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Moab

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Moab. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5733, Longitude: -109.5508    
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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