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Riverton, Utah
—  City  —
Location of Riverton, Utah
Location of Utah in the United States
Coordinates: 40°31′14″N 111°57′19″W / 40.52056°N 111.95528°W / 40.52056; -111.95528
Country United States
State Utah
County Salt Lake
Settled 1870
Named for Jordan River
 - Mayor Bill Applegarth
 - Total 12.6 sq mi (32.6 km2)
 - Land 12.6 sq mi (32.6 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation 4,439 ft (1,353 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 25,011
 - Density 1,989.7/sq mi (786.2/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 - Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 84065
Area code(s) 385, 801
FIPS code 49-64340[1]
GNIS feature ID 1431862[2]
Website http://www.rivertoncity.com

Riverton is a city in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Salt Lake City, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 25,011 at the 2000 census, and 39,751 as of the 2008 estimates.[3] Riverton is one of the fastest-growing cities in the state of Utah, and was ranked by CNN Money Magazine as the 60th best place to live in the U.S. in 2005.



Riverton is located at 40°31′14″N 111°57′19″W / 40.52056°N 111.95528°W / 40.52056; -111.95528 (40.520585, -111.955271)[4]. Riverton shares city borders with South Jordan to the north, Draper to the east, Bluffdale to the south, and Herriman to the west. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.6 square miles (32.6 km²). The city is located in the Southwestern corner of the Salt Lake Valley about twenty miles (32 km) south and slightly west of Salt Lake City. Riverton City receives an average of 15.76 inches (400 mm) in precipitation each year. Snow can be seen in the winter, while during the summer temperatures occasionally break 100 °F (38 °C). Riverton has grown rapidly in the last few years, transforming it from a rural farming town into a suburban city. Businesses, housing, and roads have replaced many of the farms and cattle ranges.


The public schools in Rivertonconsist of six public elementary schools (Riverton, Rosamond, Rose Creek, Southland, Foothills, and Midas Creek), two middle schools (Oquirrh Hills and South Hills), and one high school (Riverton High School), the most populated 10-12 school in Utah. Because of High School overcrowding, not all students are allowed to park at the school. A new high school will be built in nearby Herriman to relieve the congestion. The Riverton schools are part of the Jordan School District. The district was recently split (2009), and the district has attempted to raise property taxes by 40%. The result of the August 4th, 2009 hearing resulted in over angry 1000 citizens (according to SL Tribune)attacking the board for not touching administration salaries before passing on the large tax hike. The district settled on a 20% increase, the largest tax increase in the state.


The Intermountain Riverton Hospital, funded by Intermountain Healthcare, opened in November 2009. The much needed general hospital serves the fastest growing portion of the Salt Lake Valley with surrounding cities such as Riverton, Herriman, Bluffdale, and South Jordan. The hospital will also provide services to cities in northern Utah County. The hospital's services include a complete in-and-out patient care, a 24 hour emergency department, a state-of-art-women's center, a surgical center, radiology, laboratory, pharmacy, physical therapy, 40 physician offices, and a helicopter pad. Perhaps the most notable service this hospital includes is the children's out-patient center directly run by Primary Children's Medical Center. The design of the hospital allows it to expand as the Southwest part of the valley continues to see rapid growth.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 25,011 people, 6,348 households, and 5,884 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,989.7 people per square mile (768.2/km²). There were 6,555 housing units at an average density of 521.5/sq mi (201.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.45% White, 0.22% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.24% Pacific Islander, 1.02% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.17% of the population.

There were 6,348 households out of which 65.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 84.4% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 7.3% were non-families. 5.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.93 and the average family size was 4.09.

In the city the population was spread out with 42.6% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 13.1% from 45 to 64, and 3.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females there were 101.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $63,980, and the median income for a family was $65,330. Males had a median income of $42,344 versus $26,710 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,643. About 2.4% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/files/SUB-EST2008-49.csv
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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