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Vernal, Utah

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Welcome to Vernal ...

The city of Vernal is located in Uintah County<1> and is the County Seat for Uintah County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Vernal has a population of 10,442 people<2> (see below for details).

Vernal was established in 1876.

In the past, Vernal was named Ashley and Bench (and there are additional past names). For more information about the names of Vernal, see The Names of Vernal on our Genealogy Page.

The community of Vernal is 5,350 feet [1,631 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the elevation of Vernal is 1 mile [or ~1¾ km] above sea level.

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

The area code for Vernal: (435)

The ZIP code for Vernal: 84078<4>

Websites for Vernal ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Vernal had an population of 10,442 people. This is an increase of 14.89% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 35.36% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Vernal had a population of 9,089 people (or 27.89% of the total population of Uintah County). This makes Vernal the county's most populous community.

The population of Vernal represents 0.33% of the population of Utah (which has 2,763,885 people), making it the state's 55th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 9,089 people, the population of Vernal increased 17.82% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 7,714 people).

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

Communities Also Named Vernal ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 5 communities that are also named Vernal - they are located in Colorado, Illinois, Mississippi (2) and New York.

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

Communities near Vernal ...

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

  • Dry Fork [Uintah County]
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    • Dry Fork [Uintah County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the northwest of Vernal
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dry Fork
  • Jensen [Uintah County]
  • Lapoint [Uintah County]
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    • Lapoint [Uintah County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the west of Vernal
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lapoint have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lapoint
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lapoint<6>
  • Tridell [Uintah County]
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    • Bullionville [Uintah County] - Historic
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      • Bullionville [Uintah County] was located 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the north of Vernal
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bullionville have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Gusher [Uintah County]
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      • Gusher [Uintah County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the southwest of Vernal
      • Former names for Gusher:
      • Moffat
      • Sober City
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gusher
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gusher<6>
    • Dyer [Uintah County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dyer
      • Dyer [Uintah County] was located 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the north of Vernal
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Dyer. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<8>
    • Fort Duchesne [Uintah County]
    • Randlett [Uintah County]
    • Whiterocks [Uintah County]

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 Vernal. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Vernal.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Vernal. 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 Vernal.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Vernal. Our list includes 5 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Vernal.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Vernal ...

Looking for more information about Vernal? 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 Vernal, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Vernal.

Adding Vernal to Our Gazetteer ...

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

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Vernal was on a map (with an unknown title) dated 1890.

We also found Vernal in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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The official website for State of Utah:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Utah's counties, including Uintah, 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 Vernal.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Vernal - 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 Vernal). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Vernal 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Vernal) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Vernal. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from VernalOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vernal. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.4557, Longitude: -109.5285    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>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.
<8>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.






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