Vernon is a town in Tooele County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Salt Lake City, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 236 at the 2000 census.It is the birthplace of World War II Medal of Honor recipient Mervyn Sharp Bennion.GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 7.5 square miles (19.5 km²), all of it land.ClimateThe climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Vernon has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.HistoryThe Vernon area was settled beginning in 1857. In 1934, a very large incorporated town called Onaqui was created in the area, including Vernon as well as the settlements of Clover and St. John. Vernon was far from the rest of Onaqui, and locals always looked on it as somewhat independent. Vernon residents were granted a petition to incorporate separately on 22 February 1972, and the remaining part of Onaqui was renamed Rush Valley.DemographicsAs of the census of 2000, there were 236 people, 77 households, and 59 families residing in the town. The population density was 31.4 people per square mile (12.1/km²). There were 86 housing units at an average density of 11.4 per square mile (4.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.07% White, 0.42% African American, 0.42% Asian, 2.54% from other races, and 2.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.66% of the population.