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COMMUNITY PROFILE: PARK CITY

This mining-turned-resort town has one of the state's highest average incomes and highest average housing costs.

So it's no surprise that residents are much more likely than other Utahns to spend money, according to a marketing research firm. Park City residents - "Parkites" in the local lexicon - are big investors and stash a lot of money into savings accounts. They also spend a lot of money - sporting goods, furniture and groceries top shopping lists in Park City. Video rentals are also hot.Origin of community's name: Park City was first named Upper Kimballs, for nearby Kimball's ranch, stage station and highway junction. It was also called Upper Parleys, for nearby Parleys Peak at the head of Parley P. Pratt's toll road built up Parleys Canyon. Ultimately, George Gideon Snyder - a probate judge who owned a local sawmill and held mining properties with his brother S.C. Snyder - came up with the present name because he didn't like either of the previous names. On July 4, 1872, a handmade flag was hoisted and the town was christened Park City, for nearby Parleys Park.

Did you know? In 1896, Col. Patrick E. Connor's men from Fort Douglas discovered silver- and gold-carrying ore there. Soon after this discovery, tents and brush shelters appeared and the stampede for riches hit. The area flourished as a mining town, peaked and then declined. Homes and buildings from mining days anchor Park City's Old Town section.

Government

City Council, meets every Thursday at 6 p.m.

Landmarks

Some fine old buildings dating from Park City's mining days have been remodeled for new uses - or will soon be remodeled. Some of the more outstanding examples are the Miners Hospital, now the city library, on Historic Main Street; the Marsac Building, housing the city offices on Marsac Avenue; Osguthorpe Barn, a historic structure on the road into town that city officials plan to turn into a visitors center; and the Carl Winters School in Old Town, which the city will remodel into a new library, theater and University of Utah satellite campus.

Recreation

Park City is a year-round recreation mecca, with three ski areas (Park City, Park West and Deer Valley), a golf course that doubles as a cross-country ski touring center in the winter, snowmobiling, bicycling, horseback riding and hot-air ballooning among the attractions.

Incorporation vote

March 15, 1884

Median home price

$166,900

Household size

2.48 persons per household

Median age

31.3

Crime (1990)

Murder 1

Rape 2

Robbery 1

Aggravated assault 13

Burglary 121

Where it's located

Population 4,468

White 4,378

Black 12

American Indian 23

Asian or Pacific Is. 40

Hispanic 123

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Sources:, CACI Marketing Research, State Data Center, U.S. Census Bureau, Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation and Public Works Department, "Utah Place Names" by John W. Van Cott.