Economics

Kane County, Utah Economic Snapshot

Economic and demographic overview of Kane County, Utah

Robert Spendlove and Joseph Mayans May 26, 2017

Kane County is located in south-central Utah, along the Utah/Arizona border. Kane County has a strong tourism and recreation industry, which continues to be a major source of revenue and employment. Kanab, the largest city in the county, is a local-hub for many of the surrounding national and state parks. The county has been experiencing a large rise in tourism as the national parks in Utah continue to grow in popularity. Kane has a large share of federally-owned land, which is an important source of revenue by way of Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT). Many rural counties in Utah and the West are characterized by less diversified economies, which subjects them to greater economic swings. In order to improve the economic environment, Kane County should identify opportunities to expand economic exports and diversify the economy. A bright spot for Kane has been the low unemployment rate, which has consistently outperformed national averages over the past 10 years. 

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