Highland, Utah

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Highland, Utah

Introduction to Highland, Utah

Highland, Utah, in Utah county, is located 9 miles SE of Sandy, Utah (center to center) and is 347 miles NE of Las Vegas, Nevada. The people of the city are in the Provo - Orem metropolitan area. Highland has a population of 8,172.

Highland History

The city of Highland is located in Utah County, Utah. It is said that the city was named by Alexander Adamson, who had come to American Fork from Scotland. The area reminded him of the Scottish Highlands and therefore he named the place Highland. John Poole built the first house in the area in 1875. The city of Highland was officially established in 1977. This was followed by the first city council’s swearing in. The first elected officials started to work in the year 1977. The community became a third class city in 1979 after the signing of a proclamation by Governor Scott Maheson.

Highland and nearby Attractions

  • North American Museum of Ancient Life
  • Wheeler Historic Farm
  • Park City Museum
  • Utah Lake State Park
  • UVSC Woodbury Art Museum
  • Deer Creek State Park

Things To Do In Highland

One may visit the notable locations in the area such as the American Fork Canyon, Timpanogas Cave National Monument, and Alpine Loop Scenic Byway. There are numerous parks in the area that offer a lot of facilities for recreation such as Utah Lake State Park, Deer Creek State Park, and Wasatch Mountain State Park. The history buffs must visit museums like The Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Barrick Mining Museum, North American Museum of Ancient Life, and Tooele Pioneer Museum, which provide absorbing insights into the history of the place. The important historic sites in the area include Fort Douglas and Beehive House. The local churches include The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Highland Church.

Highland Transportation

Salt Lake City International Airport is the closest international airport.

Highland Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued through Utah Valley State College, Salt Lake Community College, and Snow College.

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High Points

Highland strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Utah):

Category Trophy
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 2% trophy Highland Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Highland College Educated Adults
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Highland People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Highland Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Highland, Utah

Comparing Highland to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Utah (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 7
Male Share of the Population 10 9
Racial Diversity 2 3
Female Share of the Population 1 2
Senior Citizens 1 1
Well-Paid Single Men 1 1
Age of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 10 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 9
Median Family Income 9 10
College Educated Adults 9 10
People in Middle Class or Better 9 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Public Transportation Use 7 8
Short Commute Times 4 3
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2
Affordability of Rents 1 1
People Living Alone 1 1

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Highland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles SE of Sandy, Utah (center to center)
Nearest Large City 347 miles NE of Las Vegas, Nevada
County Utah
Metro Area Provo - Orem
Standard Zip Codes 84003
Phone Area Codes 801
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.45
Longitude -111.769

Highland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station ALPINE
Distance 0.1 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 35 to 62 F
Jul Temp 56 to 91 F
Oct Temp 36 to 66 F
Annual Precip 18.8 inches
Distance 3.7 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 34 F
Apr Temp 34 to 61 F
Jul Temp 57 to 92 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 25.4 inches
Distance 7.2 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 41 F
Apr Temp 38 to 65 F
Jul Temp 61 to 95 F
Oct Temp 40 to 69 F
Annual Precip 15.7 inches
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Highland Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,172 100%
Male 4,173 51.1%
Female 3,999 48.9%
Under 18 3,689 45.1%
18+ 4,483 54.9%
65+ 354 4.3%
Median Age 20.9
Average Family Size 4.64
White 7,967 97.5%
African-American 10 0.1%
Asian 25 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 11 0.1%
Other 60 0.7%
Mixed Race 91 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 177 2.2%

Estimated Highland Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 13,350
Growth 5,178
Growth % 63.4%

Highland Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
English 39.9%
German 9.6%
Danish 8.3%
US/American 7.6%
British 4.5%
Norwegian 4.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.9%
Swedish 3.9%
Irish 3.1%
Scottish 2.1%
Dutch 2.1%
Italian 1.9%
European 1.8%
Welsh 1.7%
Scandinavian 1%
French (except Basque) 0.9%
French Canadian 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Polish 0.5%
Slovak 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Scotch-Irish 0.3%
Romanian 0.3%
Portuguese 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Highland, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Am Fork (84003)
Timpanogos (84003)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Highland 8,172 $81,086
Alpine 7,146 $74,891
American Fork 21,941 $55,118
Cedar Hills 3,094 $63,625
Draper 25,220 $76,858
Lehi 19,028 $55,664
Pleasant Grove 23,468 $54,182
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Student/teacher ratio: 24

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