Learn about Payson, Utah. Below you can find community information, including vital statistics, information on local schools as well as resources for finding real estate listings and homes for sale in Payson.

Payson Utah MapPayson is a small, historic community located eight miles southwest of Spanish Fork in southern Utah County, about sixty miles south of Salt Lake City and nestles against the foothills of the southern Wasatch Range. The City of Payson and the surrounding area provide a myriad of recreational opportunities. Due to its beautiful setting near Mt. Nebo at the mouth of Payson Canyon, residents and visitors do not have far to go to enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, and other nature-related activities.

The population of Payson has grown from 427 persons in 1851 to 3,998 in 1950, 4,501 in 1970, and 9,510 in 1990. Payson’s largest private employer is Mountain View Hospital, with over 400 employees, followed by Rayloc with more than one hundred. There are two elementary schools, a junior high school, middle school, and high school in the city.

Statistics & Facts

The population of Payson is approximately 14,951 (2002).
The approximate number of families is 2,659 (1990).
The amount of land area in Payson is 14.637 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
Payson is positioned 40.03 degrees north of the equator and 111.72 degrees west of the prime meridian. Payson elevation is 4,648 feet above sea level.

Climate & Weather

The climate for Payson is Moderate. There are approximately 10 to 20 inches of snow each year with much more in the mountain areas.
Payson average annual rainfall is 16 inches per year.
Payson average temperature is (January) 21 (July) 83 degrees F.

Annual Scottish Festival

Payson is famous for its annual Scottish Festival held each year during the 2nd weekend in July. Featured are Scottish games, contests, competitions in dance and on the pipes, vendors, Scottish food and entertainment. It is one of the best celebrations in Payson.

Each summer, Payson hosts three well-known festivals: The Scottish Festival, The Salmon Supper, and Golden Onion Days.