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Overview

Introduction to West Valley City, Utah

West Valley City, a suburb of Salt Lake City, is located in Utah's Salt Lake County. Situated about 8 miles southwest of Salt Lake City and 41 miles northwest of Provo, West Valley City affords easy access to nearby cities via Interstate Highways I-15 and I-80; as well as Utah State Highways 173 and 201. With a population in six figures, West Valley City is one of the largest cities in the state of Utah.

Part of an area which had been largely agricultural for over one hundred years, West Valley City was formed from a conglomeration of the four separate communities of Hunter, Granger, Chesterfield, and Redwood. In 1980, these four unincorporated communities merged to incorporate as West Valley City, only to face a strong challenge a week later in the form of a campaign to do away with the new city. The campaign had enough petitioners to successfully persuade the state’s court system to order a disincorporation election a mere three months after the original incorporation vote. By a mere 72 votes, voters rejected the effort to disincorporate and West Valley City survived. More than 20 years later, the voters' decision has been vindicated, as the city has since thrived and been the beneficiary of sustained growth and ongoing progress.

Things to do in and near West Valley City

West Valley City is home to the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, a new world-class facility which hosts a large variety of music and cultural shows. Another city attraction is the E Center, a structure which was built in 1997 and served as the venue for the 2002 Winter Games. Also located in West Valley City are the Rocky Mountain Raceway, the USANA Amphitheatre, and the Hale Centre Theatre. Nearby Salt Lake City has its own wealth of attractions which include the following:

  • Off Broadway Theatre: Salt Lake City's downtown hot spot for comedy.
  • Ballet West: Considered one of America's leading ballet companies.
  • Wheeler Historic Farm: A Family Farm Museum which features an historic farmhouse.
  • Capitol Theatre: Built in 1913 and home to the Utah Opera Company, Ballet West, and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company.
  • Clark Planetarium
  • Trolley Square
  • Heber Valley Historic Railroad
  • Lagoon Amusement Park
  • Utah's Hogle Zoo
  • Utah Opera Company
  • The Utah Symphony
  • Sandy City Amphitheater
  • Salt Lake Art Center
  • The Children's Museum of Utah
  • Fort Douglas Military Museum
  • Pioneer Memorial Museum
  • Utah Museum of Fine Arts
  • Utah Museum of Natural History
  • Usana Amphitheatre

Sports fans in West Valley City have a professional sports team to root for. Hockey's Utah Grizzlies compete in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and play their home games in the city's E Center. Major league pro teams in the Salt Lake City area include basketball's Utah Jazz (NBA), Arena Football's Utah Blaze (AFL), and soccer's Real Salt Lake (MLS). Baseball fans can follow the exploits of the Salt Lake Bees, a minor league team which serves as the Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

People

Total Population 133,660
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 7.2%
Employed Population 16+ 61,756
Age of the Population 30

Families

% of people married 50.3%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.7%
Median Earnings25+ $29,306
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,973
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,303

Wealth

Median Family Income $54,162
% Above Poverty Level 81.2%
% Below Poverty Level 18.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 2.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 15.2%
Median Gross Rent $937
Median House Value $166,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 52.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 13.3%
Irish 3.5%

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

West Valley City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 355 miles NE of Las Vegas, Nevada
County Salt Lake
Metro Area Salt Lake City - Ogden
Standard Zip Codes 84118, 84119, 84120, 84128
Phone Area Codes 801
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.691
Longitude -112.

West Valley City 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 SALT LAKE CITY INTL AP
Distance 6.6 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
Station SALTAIR SALT PLANT
Distance 8 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 36 F
Apr Temp 40 to 59 F
Jul Temp 65 to 89 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 14.2 inches
Station BOUNTIFUL-VAL VERDA
Distance 12.5 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 88 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 22.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bennion (84118)

Granger (84119)

Granger Hunter (84119)

Hunter (84120)

Salt Lake Cty (84118, 84119, 84120, 84128)

West Valley (84119, 84120, 84128)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Midvale 30,844 $53,816
Murray 48,460 $67,726
Salt Lake City 190,679 $63,393
South Salt Lake 24,501 $44,365
Taylorsville 60,383 $65,024
West Jordan 109,549 $74,650

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

West Valley City Hospitals

PIONEER VALLEY HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
3460 SOUTH PIONEER PARKWAY
(801) 964-3100
Emergency Service: Yes

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West Valley City High Schools

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HUNTER HIGH
4200 S 5600 W
801-685-5360
Serves 2,325 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.7

GRANGER HIGH
3690 S 3600 W
801-685-5320
Serves 1,495 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.9

TEEN PARENT
3760 S 4610 W
801-964-7628
A Non-traditional School
Serves 132 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 33

DECKER LAKE YOUTH CENTER
2310 W 2770 S
801-954-9203
A Non-traditional School
Serves 26 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

West Valley City Colleges

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