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West Jordan, Utah
—  City  —
Location of West Jordan, Utah
Coordinates: 40°36′23″N 111°58′34″W / 40.60639°N 111.97611°W / 40.60639; -111.97611
Country United States
State Utah
County Salt Lake
Settled 1848
Named for Jordan River
Area
 - Total 30.9 sq mi (80.0 km2)
 - Land 30.9 sq mi (80.0 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 4,373 ft (1,333 m)
Population (2008)
 - Total 104,447
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 - Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes 84081, 84084, 84088
Area code(s) 385, 801
FIPS code 49-82950[1]
GNIS feature ID 1434086[2]
Website www.ci.west-jordan.ut.us

West Jordan is a city in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. West Jordan is a rapidly growing suburb of Salt Lake City and possesses a mixed economy, having moved beyond being simply a bedroom community for Salt Lake City. As of the 2000 Census, the city had a population of 68,336; by 2008, West Jordan had an estimated population of 104,447, placing it as the fourth most populated in the state.[3] The city occupies the southwest end of the Salt Lake Valley at an elevation of 4,330 feet (1,320 m). Named after the nearby Jordan River, the limits of the city begin on the river's western bank and end in the eastern foothills of the Oquirrh Mountains, where Bingham Canyon Mine, the world's largest man-made excavation, is located.

Settled in the mid-19th century, the city has developed into its own regional center. Currently the city has four major retail centers; Jordan Landing is one of the largest mixed-use planned developments in the Intermountain West.[4] Companies headquartered in West Jordan include Mountain America Credit Union, Lynco Sales & Service, SME Steel, and Cyprus Credit Union. The city has one major hospital, Jordan Valley, and a campus of Salt Lake Community College, which is designed to become the main campus upon completion in 2020.

City landmarks include Gardner Village, established in 1850 and the historic Sugar Factory, built in 1916. It is also the location of South Valley Regional Airport, formerly known as "Salt Lake Airport #2". The airport serves general aviation operations as well as a base for the Utah Army National Guard for Apache and Black Hawk helicopters.

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History

West Jordan received its name from Mormon settlers who entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 under the leadership of their prophet, Brigham Young. These first European-Americans thought of the area to be their Zion, or Holy Land, and thus named the river flowing west of their first settlement, Salt Lake City, the Western Jordan, a nod to the River Jordan in Palestine. The name was later simplified to "Jordan River". Like its Middle Eastern namesake, the Jordan River flows from a fresh water lake (Utah Lake) to an inland salt sea (Great Salt Lake). West Jordan was founded around 1849 on the western banks of the Jordan River.

One of the first sawmills in the area was built in 1850 in the city by Archibald Gardner. Archibald Gardner was a devout Mormon whose legacy can still be seen in modern West Jordan. His collection of now historic mills and houses have been renovated into a specialty shopping district known as Gardner Village.

Early West Jordan relied primarily on agriculture, mills, and mining activity to form the base of its economy. The first leather tannery west of the Mississippi River was constructed in the city in 1851.

Today, West Jordan is one of the fastest growing cities in Utah. Growth has been phenomenal, beginning in the 1970s and continuing unabated since. The population grew from 4,221 in 1970 to 27,327 in 1980, 42,892 in 1990, and 68,336 in 2000, reaching 94,309 according to 2006 Census estimates. Sears chose the city as its first Sears Grand location, a new store concept, which opened its doors in 2003 at the Jordan Landing shopping center. Transportation issues along with school overcrowding are the city’s top concerns as it attempts to deal with rapid population growth.

Current major construction projects include the completion of Jordan Landing, a new main campus for the Salt Lake Community College, the expansion of Jordan Valley Hospital, and Midvale's current transit-oriented development on the east border in the Jordan River bed. Future plans for the city include the Mountain View Corridor freeway and the "Mid-Jordan" UTA TRAX light rail line.

Old downtown West Jordan is planned to be reconstructed as a transit-oriented development and called "Briarwood". The plans call for an expanded Main Park, a history museum, conversion of the Sugar Factory into a playhouse, an indoor recreation center, a senior center, and a large courthouse to serve the Utah State Third District. The second phase calls for the demolition of a dilapidated commercial area, to be replaced by six-story buildings housing a performing arts center, a large library, a hotel, an education center, a conference center, retail and office space, a trail linking to Gardner Village and the Jordan River trail, and a cultural pavilion to house the planned light rail station.[5]

Geography

Looking down and westward at the city and the Oquirrh Mountains

West Jordan is located at 40°36′23″N 111°58′34″W / 40.60639°N 111.97611°W / 40.60639; -111.97611 (40.606385, -111.976217).[6] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 30.9 square miles (80.0 km²), all of it land.

West Jordan is bordered on the west by the Oquirrh Mountains and on the east by the Jordan River. The western neighborhoods of Welby, Copper Hills, and Jordan Hills are rapidly-growing regions located along the lower slopes of the eastern Oquirrh Mountains. The fastest development is currently taking place between 4800 West and State Route 111, a highway that traverses the slopes of the Oquirrh Mountains.

The city lies approximately 18 miles (29 km) southwest of downtown Salt Lake City. The city is bordered on the north by Taylorsville and Kearns, on the south by South Jordan, on the east by Sandy, Murray and Midvale, on the west by Copperton, and on the extreme northwestern corner by West Valley City.

Government

Elected officials of West Jordan as of 2009
Official Position Elected Term ends
David B. Newton Mayor 2005 2010
City Council Members
Kathy Hilton At-large 2001 2010
Melissa K. Johnson At-large 2005 2010
Kim V. Rolfe District 1 2003 2012
Jim J. Lems District 2 2007 2012
Ben Southworth District 3 2007 2012
Lyle C. Summers District 4 1999 2012

West Jordan was incorporated on January 10, 1941. Today, West Jordan has a council-manager form of government. The city council is comprised of seven individuals, the mayor and six council members. The mayor presides at city council meetings. The city council appoints a city manager to act as the chief executive or administrative officer. The city council provides policy and direction for the city. The city council meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6:00 PM.

The mayor and city council members are elected to four-year terms. Four city council members are elected from four districts within the city, while the other two are elected at-large or citywide. The mayor and the two at-large council members are elected during the same election cycle, last one held in 2005, while the four city council members representing their districts are elected offset by two years, last one held in 2007. All terms begin January 1st following their respective election.

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1950 2,107
1960 3,009 42.8%
1970 4,221 40.3%
1980 27,192 544.2%
1990 42,892 57.7%
2000 68,336 59.3%
Est. 2008 104,447 52.8%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 68,336 people, 18,897 households, and 16,232 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,211.3 people per square mile (853.9/km²). There were 19,597 housing units at an average density of 634.2/sq mi (244.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.76% White, 0.64% African American, 0.56% Native American, 2.04% Asian, 0.94% Pacific Islander, 4.76% from other races, and 2.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.07% of the population.

There were 18,897 households out of which 57.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.0% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.1% were non-families. 10.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.60 and the average family size was 3.87.

In the city the population was spread out with 37.8% under the age of 18, 12.2% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 14.8% from 45 to 64, and 3.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 100.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $55,794, and the median income for a family was $57,818. Males had a median income of $38,141 versus $26,391 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,221. About 4.1% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Salt Lake Community College

Most of West Jordan lies in the Jordan School District; however, due to a recent annexation, a small part of the northwestern section now lies within the Granite School District. The city has 16 elementary schools (including 1 in the Granite District), 4 middle schools, and 2 high schools (West Jordan and Copper Hills).

Transportation

Interstate 15, a twelve-lane freeway, is located east of the city limits, providing access from the north and south, while Interstate 215, an eight-lane beltway, is located northeast of the city. Bangerter Highway (State Route 154), a six-lane expressway, traverses the center of the city, just east of South Valley Regional Airport and the Jordan Landing shopping center. Due to severe traffic congestion plaguing the rapidly growing city, "A ten-lane freeway in the Mountain View Corridor is planned to have three exits in the city and run north-south at 5800 West. The road is currently undergoing environmental review and no date for completion has been set.

New Bingham Highway, mostly a four-lane road, begins as 7720 South at State Street (U.S. Route 89) in Midvale, curves into 7800 South as it enters the city, and finally heads southwest to end at Copperton. Redwood Road (State Route 68), a six-lane road, runs through the eastern portion of the city. In the far western extremes of the city, State Route 111, a two-lane road, runs through the developing rural area along the foothills. Development between 4800 West and SR-111 is continuing rapidly with more development extending past SR-111 to as far as 7400 West.

West Jordan is served by the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) bus system, which run every half-hour during peak hours. All of the routes running into the city connect to nearby TRAX stations in Midvale and Sandy or to downtown Salt Lake City. Service in the city was increased during the August 2007 redesign of the bus system.[7] A TRAX light rail line is also under construction. This line will begin at the Fashion Place West station in Murray and run southwest through West Jordan, with 6 stops planned in the city, before turning south and terminating at the Daybreak Community in South Jordan.[8] Completion of this route is expected by 2011.[9]

Transportation has been a major issue in city politics. The city's population has expanded rapidly from about 4,000 in 1970 to almost 100,000 in 2005, outstripping the capacity of roadways and infrastructure. At City Council meetings it has been common for residents, particularly those on the western edge of the city, to complain about having one-hour commutes to downtown Salt Lake City, a distance of 26 miles (42 km). The mayor has blamed this situation on the fact that the city is the most populated in the state that is not directly served by a freeway. To help allieviate traffic pains, West Jordan is improving and widening roads throughout the city in projects such as adding a westbound lane to 7800 south at the split from New Bingham Highway, adding a left turn lane onto Airport Road at New Bingham, and extending 9000 south to have four continuous lanes to 5600 West. [10]

Famous residents

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Sister cities

West Jordan has a sister city, as designated by Sister Cities International:

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West Jordan, Utah
—  City  —
Coordinates: 40°36′23″N 111°58′34″W / 40.60639°N 111.97611°W / 40.60639; -111.97611
Country United States
State Utah
County Salt Lake
Area
 - Total 30.9 sq mi (80.0 km2)
 - Land 30.9 sq mi (80.0 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 4,373 ft (1,333 m)
Population (2007)
 - Total 100,280
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 - Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes 84084, 84088
Area code(s) 801
FIPS code 49-82950[1]
GNIS feature ID 1434086[2]

West Jordan is a city in the suburbs of Salt Lake City. It is in the U.S. State of Montana. Just over 100,000 people live there.

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