Riverton, Utah

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Riverton, Utah

Introduction to Riverton, Utah

Riverton, Utah, in Salt Lake county, is located 6 miles SW of Sandy, Utah (center to center) and is 347 miles NE of Las Vegas, Nevada. The city is located in the Salt Lake City - Ogden metropolitan area. Riverton has a population of 25,011.

Riverton History

Riverton was primarily an agricultural community. Archibald Gardner was the first settler of the area. In fact, in the mid - 1850s the area was named as Gardnersville. It became a part of the South Jordan Precinct in 1867. With the completion of the South Jordan Canal in 1876, farming developed in the area. The name of the city was changed to Riverton in 1879. The first one - room schoolhouse of the city was established in 1879. Riverton became incorporated in 1946.

Riverton and nearby Attractions

  • Living Planet Aquarium
  • Draper Historical Society Museum
  • Salt Lake Art Center
  • Utah Lake State Park
  • North American Museum of Ancient Life
  • Fort Douglas

Things To Do In Riverton

Riverton is home to several parks and playgrounds including the Centennial Park, Canyonview Park, Monarch Meadows, and Dr. O. Roy Hardy Park. The Jordan River Parkway Trail offers facilities for hiking and biking. History buffs should visit the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Church History and Art, Old Deseret Village, Fort Douglas, Barrick Mining Museum, and North American Museum of Ancient Life. The Utah Lake State Park provides facilities for camping, swimming, boating, and fishing. In addition, the city hosts the Arts Festival every year in the month of June.

Riverton Transportation

Salt Lake City International Airport is the nearest international airport.

Riverton Higher Education

University of Phoenix - Utah Campus, University of Utah, and Salt Lake Community College are in the neighborhood.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Riverton Low Rate of Poverty
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 10% Riverton Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 11% Riverton People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of Riverton, Utah

Comparing Riverton 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 10
Male Share of the Population 10 6
Female Share of the Population 2 5
Racial Diversity 1 6
Well-Paid Single Men 1 2
Age of the Population 1 2
Senior Citizens 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
People in Middle Class or Better 8 9
Median Family Income 8 10
College Educated Adults 5 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 8
Public Transportation Use 5 8
Short Commute Times 4 2
Walking and Biking to Work 1 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 1
Affordability of Rents 4 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2
People Living Alone 1 1

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Riverton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles SW of Sandy, Utah (center to center)
Nearest Large City 347 miles NE of Las Vegas, Nevada
County Salt Lake
Metro Area Salt Lake City - Ogden
Standard Zip Codes 84065, 84095
Phone Area Codes 801
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.521
Longitude -111.938

Riverton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 3.3 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
Distance 10.5 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 41 to 62 F
Jul Temp 66 to 91 F
Oct Temp 44 to 65 F
Annual Precip 26.1 inches
Distance 10.9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 37 F
Apr Temp 34 to 61 F
Jul Temp 56 to 90 F
Oct Temp 34 to 65 F
Annual Precip 12.4 inches
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Riverton Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 25,011 100%
Male 12,589 50.3%
Female 12,422 49.7%
Under 18 10,648 42.6%
18+ 14,363 57.4%
65+ 826 3.3%
Median Age 23.7
Average Family Size 4.09
White 24,123 96.4%
African-American 54 0.2%
Asian 163 0.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 61 0.2%
Other 256 1%
Mixed Race 295 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 793 3.2%

Estimated Riverton Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 32,089
Growth 7,078
Growth % 28.3%

Riverton 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 29.9%
German 11.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.8%
US/American 8.6%
Danish 5%
Swedish 4.5%
European 4.3%
Irish 4.2%
Norwegian 3.8%
Scottish 2.7%
Italian 2.6%
Dutch 2.5%
British 1.9%
Scandinavian 1.8%
French (except Basque) 0.9%
Swiss 0.8%
Welsh 0.6%
Polish 0.5%
Scotch-Irish 0.5%
Greek 0.4%
Finnish 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
Basque 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Australian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Camp Williams (84065)

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)
Riverton 25,011 $65,330
Bluffdale 4,700 $66,910
Draper 25,220 $76,858
Herriman 1,523 $57,404
Sandy 88,418 $70,801
South Jordan 29,437 $76,809
West Jordan 68,336 $57,818
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Student/teacher ratio: 26.4

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