Living in Salt Lake Valley – Community Guide
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Alta and Snowird are located high in the mountains of the Wasatch National Forest and sit on top of the peaks of Little Cottonwood Canyon. The resorts can be accessed by the scenic state Highway 210.They are best known for offering great skiing and snowboarding, large network of trails for summer hiking, breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife. Snowbird’s mountain village includes The Cliff Lodge, Lodge at Snowbird, The Inn and Iron Blosam.
Bluffdale, named for its geography of bluffs and dales, was first settled in 1848–1849. Bluffdale was incorporated as a municipality in 1978 and is located at the south end of Salt Lake County. The current population of the city is approximately 8200. The community is a major crossroads for transportation and utilities between Salt Lake and Utah Counties. Bluffdale is also home to one of the longest sections of the Jordan River corridor.
Cottonwood Heights is a large suburban community located about 15 miles south east of Salt Lake City. As the city’s name suggests, its geography is dominated by a high ridge separating the valleys of the Big and Little Cottonwood Creeks. At the eastern edge of the city, these valleys narrow into the Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons within the Wasatch Mountains, respectively; this is reflected by the city’s official nickname, “City between the Canyons”.
Draper lies roughly midway between Salt Lake City and Provo and is partially located in both Utah County and Salt Lake County. Draper has significant activity from an influx of major businesses. There are multiple recreation facilities and parks in Draper including South Mountain Golf Course, Hidden Valley Golf Course, Draper City Park, East Ridge Park, Wetlands Park, and Andy Ballard Equestrian Center.
Herriman is a suburban community located about 30 miles south of Salt Lake City and surrounded by the Traverse and Oquirrh Mountains. The population was 21,785 as of the 2010 census. Although Herriman was a town in 2000, it has since been classified as a fifth-class city by state law. The city has experienced rapid growth since incorporation in 1999, as its population was just 1,523 at the 2000 census. It grew from being the 111th-largest incorporated place in Utah in 2000 to the 32nd-largest in 2010.
Holladay is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Utah, since Salt Lake City was abandoned for a time in 1857 when Johnston’s Army occupied the city. In 1847, a group of Mormon pioneers known as the Mississippi Company, among them John Holladay, entered the Salt Lake Valley. Within weeks after their arrival, they discovered a free-flowing, spring-fed stream, which they called Spring Creek. This became the first village established away from Great Salt Lake City itself. Holladay has a population of 25,000+ with more than 5,000 households, many of them affluent.
Kearns is a township in Salt Lake County, Utah. It is a suburban community located about 15 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.
According to the United States Census Bureau of 2000, Kearns has a population of more than 33,500 people. Kearns has more than 5,000 households and is home to the Utah Olympic Oval, an indoor sports arena that is most notable for hosting long track speed skating events during the 2002 Winter Olympics. The arena continues to host different ice-related activities and competitions.
Midvale is a suburban community located about 10 miles south of Salt Lake City along Interstate 15. The Old Town area of Midvale City began as a center of mining and industry. Pioneer families began arriving in 1851 to start the settlement, which blossomed in the 1870s. Along with industry came the hotels, boarding houses, saloons, schools, and the people who made Midvale City’s Old Town a center of the community. Tje Fort Union area of Midvale began as a center of agriculture and is now home to the Family Center with shopping, dining and commercial businesses.
Millcreek is a census-designated place (CDP) and part of Millcreek Township. It is located about 10 miles south of Salt Lake City and overlooked by the Wasatch Mountains on the east. Suburban in character, Millcreek is wedged between Salt Lake City and South Salt Lake on the north and Murray and Holladay on the south. The township was created by the county in 2002 to give residents of the area more local control over planning and prevent annexations by neighboring cities. Millcreek has more than 27,000 residents and 12,500 households.
Settlement of the area began in 1851 when early farmers settled at the base of the northern Oquirrh Mountains and called their community Pleasant Green. In the early 1900’s, copper mining activity began transforming the area from an agricultural hamlet to an industrial community when the Utah Copper Company was established, which later became Kennecott Copper Corp. In 1906, postal officials complained that “Pleasant Green” was too similar to “Pleasant Grove,” another Utah town. So the community adopted the name “Magna” from the Magna mill.
Known for its central location in Salt Lake County, Murray has been called the Hub of Salt Lake County. It is a large suburban community located about 10 miles south of Salt Lake City along Interstate 15. Named for territorial governor Eli Murray, it is the state’s fourteenth largest city. Once teeming with heavy industry, Murray’s industrial sector now has little trace and has been replaced by major mercantile sectors. There is plenty of space for recreation in the Murray City Park and nearby Mick Riley Golf course as well as other smaller parks.
Located just minutes north of downtown Salt Lake City, North Salt Lake is home to the prestigious neighborhood of Eaglewood. Built along with a championship 18-hole golf course, Eaglewood offers an active lifestyle to its residents. Besides the golf course, other Eaglewood amenities include the Eagleridge Tennis and Swim Club, public parks and hiking trails, amazing views, close to the Salt Lake Interntional airport, easy access to major highways, and much more.
Riverton is one of the fastest-growing cities in the state of Utah, and was ranked by CNN Money Magazine as the 60th best place to live in the U.S. in 2005. Riverton growth has transformed it from a rural farming town into a suburban city. Businesses, housing, and roads have replaced many of the farms and cattle ranges. Riverton has more than 6,000 households, many of which are affluent, and Riverton High School, the most populous high school in Utah with over 2,500 students.
Salt Lake City is the capitol and most populous city in Utah with more than 180,000 residents. The city is located in the northeast corner of the Salt Lake Valley and is surrounded by the Great Salt Lake to the northwest and the steep Wasatch and Oquirrh mountain ranges on the east. Its encircling mountains contain several narrow glacial and stream carved canyons. Among them, City Creek, Emigration, Millcreek, and Parley’s border the eastern city limits.
Located at the base of the Wasatch Mountains thirteen miles (19 km) south of Salt Lake City, Sandy was a likely area for early settlement and is now Utah’s sixth largest city. Sandy is home to the South Towne Center shopping mall, the Jordan Commons entertainment and dining complex, and the Southtowne Exposition Center. It is also the location of the soccer-specific Rio Tinto Stadium, which hosts Real Salt Lake home games. Sandy has more than 25,000 households, many of them affluent.
Solitude and Brighton Resort are located in the Big Cottonwood Canyon of the Wasatch Mountains, thirty miles southeast of downtown Salt Lake. Brighton Ski Resort was the first ski resort in Utah, and one of the first in the United States. Real estate resort properties in Solitude and Brighton are affordable with average valuations that are well below those of Alta, Snowbird, Park City and Deer Valley. The canyon is host to six secluded communities: Silver Fork, Solitude, Silver Lake Estates, Forest Glen, Brighton Loop and Mount Haven
The city of South Salt Lake is somewhat of a hidden gem. Incorporated in 1938, the city just celebrated its 75th year Diamond Anniversary in 2013. Nestled among and often confused for neighboring larger cities, it is close to everything from golf courses to a downtown night life while still maintaining its small town feel. Some of Utah’s best ski resorts are about a 30 minute drive and downtown Salt Lake City is only several minutes away.
The city of South Jordan was founded 18 miles south of Salt Lake City along the banks of the Jordan River in 1859 by Mormon settlers. The Jordan River flows through the middle of the valley and the city has a 3.5-mile section of the Jordan River Parkway that contains fishing ponds, trails, parks and natural habitat. Salt Lake County fair grounds and equestrian park, 67-acre Oquirrh Lake and 27 other parks are located inside the city. South Jordan is also home to Daybreak, a master-planned community on over 4,000 acres in size being built by land development company Kennecott Land.
Sugar House was established in 1853, six years after Brigham Young led the Latter-Day Saint settlers into the valley. Its name derives from the sugar beet test factory of the Deseret Manufacturing Company. According to Salt Lake City’s master plan, it runs from 700 East to Parleys Way and 2000 East and from 1700 South to the city limits about 3000 South. Many local businesses as well as private residences, although not strictly located within the bounds of Sugar House, use the name because of the area’s name recognition.
The area called Taylorsville today is made up of three historic communities in the central part of Salt Lake County: Taylorsville, Bennion, and Kearns. These communities incorporated through a vote of the people with over 70 percent approval in September 1995. The city officially became the City of Taylorsville during the centennial anniversary of Utah’s statehood in 1996. The population was 58,657 at the 2010 census.
The city lies approximately 18 miles southwest of downtown Salt Lake City. The city is bordered on the north by Taylorsville and Kearns, on the south by South Jordan, on the east by Sandy, Murray and Midvale, on the west by Copperton, and on the extreme northwestern corner by West Valley City. West Jordan is a rapidly growing suburb of Salt Lake City and is the fourth most populous in the state. West Jordan is a rapidly growing suburb and is home to Jordan Landing.
A suburb of Salt Lake City in the U.S. state of Utah. The population was 129,480 at the 2010 census, making it the second-largest city in Utah. The city incorporated in 1980 from a large, quickly growing unincorporated area, which was variously known as Granger, Hunter, Chesterfield, and Redwood. It is home to the Maverik Center and USANA Amphitheater.
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