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Overview

Introduction to West Jordan, Utah

West Jordan is located in Salt Lake Valley, bordered by mountains that reach a height of over 11,000 feet. The city is recognized as a suburb of Salt Lake City. The municipality takes its name from the close by Jordan River. Bingham Canyon Mine, one of the biggest man-made excavations in the entire world is nearby. The Jordan Landing development is one of the largest shopping locations in the state. The city includes a significant industrial base.

History

In 1847 Mormon settlers along with their leader Brigham Young arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. The Mormons noticed the similarities of the western desert and the biblical lands and considered the region to be their Holy Land. They named the nearby river after the River Jordan, located in Palestine. The city was established in approximately 1849. The saw mill industry began in 1850. During the early stages, the city's economy was based on agriculture, mills as well as mining. Jordan was home to one of the first leather tanneries located west of the Mississippi River and to some of the earliest air flights emanating in the west. It was also a major center for sugar beet production. The city has experienced rapid growth since the 1970s.

Attractions

One of the major attractions is the historic Gardner Village. It features a large number of specialty shops located in historic homes, historic mills, a duck pond, an old wooden water wheel, a train station which has been converted into a candy shop, a petting zoo and a day spa. It's popular with residents and tourists. The area features other notable attractions including:

  • Gardner Museum is a notable venue and features historic buildings.
  • Nearby Salt Lake City includes the historic Temple Square.
  • Kennecott's Bingham Copper Mine is close by.
  • Rock Meeting House.
  • Historic Sugar Factory.

Activities

Skiing, featuring the well known soft Utah powder attract skiers from all over the world to the nearby Brighton, Alta, Solitude and Snowbird ski resorts. The close by Great Salt Lake is a popular tourist destination. Antelope Island State Park offers excellent opportunities to view wildlife. Recreational activities, including fishing are available at Utah Lake State Park.

Transportation

The Utah Transit Authority provides bus services.

People

Total Population 109,549
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 5.8%
Employed Population 16+ 53,921
Age of the Population 30

Families

% of people married 55.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.7%
Median Earnings25+ $36,949
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,206
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,593

Wealth

Median Family Income $74,650
% Above Poverty Level 90.9%
% Below Poverty Level 9.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 2.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 16.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,050
Median House Value $222,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.3%
US/American 0%
English 22.4%
Irish 5.5%

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

West Jordan 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 84084, 84088
Phone Area Codes 801
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.609
Longitude -111.938

West Jordan Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station COTTONWOOD WEIR
Distance 8.2 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
Station DRAPER POINT OF THE MTN
Distance 9 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 SALT LAKE CITY INTL AP
Distance 12.1 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 37 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 91 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 16.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Midvale 30,844 $53,816
Murray 48,460 $67,726
Sandy 91,533 $86,796
South Jordan 59,662 $100,379
Taylorsville 60,383 $65,024
West Valley City 133,660 $54,162

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

West Jordan Hospitals

JORDAN VALLEY HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
3580 WEST 9000 SOUTH
(801) 561-8888
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 26.4

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801-256-5300
Serves 1,817 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.8

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