Introduction to Sandy, Utah

Sandy is located in Salt Lake County. The eastern portion of the city is situated along the slopes of the Wasatch Range and the western portion is situated on the valley floor. Sandy is a suburb of Salt Lake City. The Jordan River is nearby. The popular Jordan Commons features numerous restaurants, entertainment venues and office buildings. The South Town Mall is another active location.


The Paiute, Bannock and Shoshone Indian tribes traversed through the area while migrating from Utah Lake to their summer home at Bear Lake. Beginning in the 1860s and throughout the 1870s the early pioneers arrived and established permanent settlements. Brigham Young named it Sandy City, due to the thirty soil. With the discovery of silver in Cottonwood Canyon, the city became a prominent supply base and soon included numerous hotels, brothels and saloons to serve the region's miners. Due to the thriving silver mining industry, Sandy became a major smelting location.

In 1873 the arrival of the railroad connected the town with Salt Lake City and trains became valuable assets for transporting ore and other goods. The mining industry's major decline during the 1890's led to an agricultural based economy. The Mormons pushed for the city to be incorporated in 1893 as part of a plan to remove the sleazy elements from the city. The transient males left the city and only a few saloons and hotels remained. Sandy had been transformed into a typical rural Utah community, where church, farming and family were the important factors of life.


Residents and visitors have numerous opportunities during a given year to ski along the mountain slopes, covered with some of the best snow in the world and then take a short drive down the canyon and enjoy playing golf. Skiing enthusiasts have numerous ski resorts to enjoy including Brighton, Alta, Snowbird and Solitude. Visitors are attracted to Sandy due to the beautiful landscape and excellent opportunities for hiking, fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing, snowmobiling and other outdoor activities.

Sandy features quality golf courses including Alpine Country Club, Hidden Valley Country Club Mountain, Schneiters Pebblebrook Links, River Oaks Golf Course and Willow Creek Country Club. The Alta Canyon Sports Center offers a variety of activities and is popular with families.

Local and Nearby Attractions

  • Sandy City Amphitheater
  • Living Planet Aquarium
  • Southtowne Exposition Center
  • Bingham Copper Mine
  • Delta Center
  • E Center
  • Jordan River Temple
  • Hansen's Planetarium
  • Salt Palace
  • Temple Square
  • Wildwood Resort


Total Population 91,533
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 11%
Employed Population 16+ 45,292
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 58.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 39.4%
Median Earnings25+ $41,848
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,906
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,986


Median Family Income $86,796
% Above Poverty Level 93.3%
% Below Poverty Level 6.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 6.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 2.4%


People Living Alone 17.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,154
Median House Value $277,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.5%
US/American 0.2%
English 28%
Irish 6.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Sandy Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 352 miles NE of Las Vegas, Nevada
County Salt Lake
Metro Area Salt Lake City - Ogden
Standard Zip Codes 84070, 84092, 84093, 84094
P.O. Box Zip Codes 84090, 84091
Phone Area Codes 801
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.57
Longitude -111.84

Sandy Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 4.4 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 6.8 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
Station ALTA
Distance 11.1 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 29 F
Apr Temp 25 to 42 F
Jul Temp 49 to 71 F
Oct Temp 31 to 49 F
Annual Precip 52.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Belmont Heights (84070, 84092)

Crescent (84070, 84092)

Sherwood Park (84092, 84070)

Snowbird (84092)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Draper 45,469 $103,211
Holladay 30,748 $95,560
Midvale 30,844 $53,816
Riverton 40,912 $91,438
South Jordan 59,662 $100,379
West Jordan 109,549 $74,650

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Sandy Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
9660 SOUTH 1300 EAST
(801) 501-2600
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 2,521 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.5

Serves 2,015 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.5

11020 S STATE
A Non-traditional School
Serves 557 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.9

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