Aneth, Utah

Coordinates: 37°12′20″N 109°9′52″W / 37.20556°N 109.16444°W / 37.20556; -109.16444
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Aneth, Utah
Aneth Chapter House
Aneth Chapter House
Location in San Juan County and the state of Utah.
Location in San Juan County and the state of Utah.
Coordinates: 37°12′20″N 109°9′52″W / 37.20556°N 109.16444°W / 37.20556; -109.16444
CountryUnited States
CountySan Juan
 • Total11.7 sq mi (30.4 km2)
 • Land11.4 sq mi (29.5 km2)
 • Water0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
4,511 ft (1,375 m)
 • Total598
 • Density52.4/sq mi (20.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code435
FIPS code49-01530[1]
GNIS feature ID1437486[2]

Aneth (Navajo: Tʼáá Bííchʼį́įdii) is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Juan County, Utah, United States. The population was 598 at the 2000 census. The origin of the name Aneth is obscure.[3]


Aneth is located at 37°12′20″N 109°9′52″W / 37.20556°N 109.16444°W / 37.20556; -109.16444 (37.205595, -109.164379).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 11.7 square miles (30.4 km2), of which 11.4 square miles (29.5 km2) is land and 0.3 square mile (0.8 km2) (2.73%) is water.


Kenneth Maryboy is the council delegate representing Aneth in the Navajo Nation Council.[5]

Aneth is the site of the local government. It is the location of the meetings. The area under the local government is called Aneth Chapter, and is a part of the Navajo Nation's system of local governments known as chapter houses. Aneth Chapter is part of Navajo Nation and is located north of the San Juan River, stretching from Montezuma Creek to the Colorado state border, with disputed territories east of Bluff and along the northern border.


Languages (2000) [6] Percent
Spoke Navajo at home 84.16%
Spoke English at home 15.84%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 598 people, 143 households, and 128 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 52.4 people per square mile (20.3/km2). There were 177 housing units at an average density of 15.5/sq mi (6.0/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 0.33% White, 0.17% African American, 98.83% Native American, and 0.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.67% of the population.

There were 143 households, out of which 49.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 29.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 9.8% were non-families. 9.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 2.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.18 and the average family size was 4.44.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 42.6% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 16.4% from 45 to 64, and 5.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23 years. For every 100 females, there were 75.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 64.9 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $17,292, and the median income for a family was $16,563. Males had a median income of $35,536 versus $13,333 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $10,556. About 48.8% of families and 52.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 64.0% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


The name Tʼáá Bííchʼį́įdii was the nickname of an Anglo storekeeper named J.B. Tanner who worked at a trading post in Aneth. The nickname means "just like a devil" in Navajo and was given to him by the local community due to his greedy business practices.[7] He also worked in Yah-ta-hey, New Mexico, leading the Navajo to use the same name for both towns.[8][9][10][11]


The San Juan School District operates the Montezuma Creek Elementary School in Aneth.[12][13] In 2017 the school offered to give salaries of $80,000 to teachers with many years of experience who are designated as lead teachers.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ Leigh, Rufus Wood (1961). Five hundred Utah place names. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press. p. 2.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 16, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) 2006 NAVAJO NATION GENERAL ELECTION
  6. ^ "Data Center Results".
  7. ^ "Aneth Chapter". Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  8. ^ Linford, Laurance D. (2000). Navajo places: history, legend, landscape. Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press.
  9. ^ Linford, Laurance D. (2005). Tony Hillerman's Navajoland. Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press.
  10. ^ Wilson, Alan (1995). Navajo place names: an observer's guide. J. Norton Publishers.
  11. ^ "J.B. Tanner Collection, 1955-1999". Arizona Archives Online. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  12. ^ Home. Montezuma Creek Elementary School. Retrieved on April 27, 2017. "State Highway #162, Montezuma Creek, Utah 84534"
  13. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Aneth CDP, UT." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on April 27, 2017.
  14. ^ "Rural Utah school district offers $80,000 teaching salaries". Associated Press at the Houston Chronicle. April 26, 2017. Retrieved April 27, 2017.

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