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City of West Valley City
—  City  —

Location of West Valley City, Utah
Coordinates: 40°41′21″N 111°59′38″W / 40.68917°N 111.99389°W / 40.68917; -111.99389Coordinates: 40°41′21″N 111°59′38″W / 40.68917°N 111.99389°W / 40.68917; -111.99389
Country United States
State Utah
County Salt Lake
 - Total 35.5 sq mi (91.8 km2)
 - Land 35.4 sq mi (91.7 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 4,304 ft (1,312 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 108,896
 Density 3,076.3/sq mi (1,187.7/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 - Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Area code(s) 385, 801
FIPS code 49-83470[1]
GNIS feature ID 1437843[2]

West Valley City is a city in Salt Lake County and a suburb of Salt Lake City in the U.S. state of Utah. The population was 108,896 at the 2000 census, and 123,447 by the 2008 estimates.[3] making it the second-largest city in Utah. Prior to its incorporation as a city, it was commonly known by the communities of Hunter, Granger, Chesterfield, and Redwood. It is home to the E Center and the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL. It is also home to the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, Stonebridge Golf Course, Westridge Golf Course, Rocky Mountain Raceway, USANA Amphitheatre, Hale Centre Theatre, and the Valley Fair Mall.



Joseph Harker and his family were the first Mormon pioneers to go "over Jordan." The area was largely agricultural for over one hundred years.

The Granger area was originally settled by Welsh Latter-day Saints who had come to Utah with Dan Jones in 1849. Once irrigation systems were put in place farming worked in the area and it was Elias Smith who proposed the area's name on account of its successful farming. At other times high alkali content made farming difficult, but there were enough Latter-day Saints to form a separate Granger Ward in 1884. Granger and vicinity had about 1000 people in 1930.[4]

Hunter was not settled until 1876. This settlement was started by Rasmus Nielsen, Edward Rushton, August Larsen and about seven others along with their families. Irrigation began in 1881 and the main crop was fruit trees.[5] The city began to experience rapid growth in the 1970s, when the area that is now West Valley City consisted of the four separate communities of Hunter, Granger, Chesterfield, and Redwood. These four unincorporated areas merged in 1980 to form the present-day city. During the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, West Valley City was the official venue for men's and women's ice hockey.

Ted Bundy's arrest in Granger on August 16, 1975 led to his exposure as a serial killer.


West Valley City is located at 40°41′21″N 111°59′38″W / 40.68917°N 111.99389°W / 40.68917; -111.99389 (40.689181, -111.993867)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 35.5 square miles (91.8 km²), of which, 35.4 square miles (91.7 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.17%) is water.

The city is located on the northwest side of the Salt Lake Valley, between Salt Lake City on the north, South Salt Lake on the east, Magna Township on the west, and Taylorsville and Kearns Township on the south. The Oquirrh Mountains loom over the city to the west, while the Jordan River marks the eastern boundary.


West Valley City has a nonpartisan, strong city manager form of government, which means that the city manager is the CEO, while the mayor fills the role of chairman of the board, with the City Council acting as the "board." The mayor is a voting member of the City Council. The West Valley City Council meets each Tuesday night at 6:30 PM, except fifth Tuesdays. City Hall is located at 3600 South Constitution Boulevard.

The mayor and six councilors are elected to four-year terms. Mayoral elections are held the same year as three of the councilors. The other three councilors are staggered two years from the mayoral. Two council seats are at-large, or citywide, and the remaining four seats represent districts of approximately 28,000 residents. Officials are not subject to term limits. The most recent election was held in 2007.

Elected officials of West Valley City as of 2009
Official Position Term ends
Mike Winder Mayor 2013
City Council members
Corey L. Rushton At-large 2011
Don Christensen At-large 2013
Carolyn Burt District 1 2011
Steve Buhler District 2 2013
Russell K. Brooks District 3 2011
Steve Vincent District 4 2013

West Valley City Fire Department

WVFD is dispatched by VECC9-1-1


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1980 72,378
1990 86,976 20.2%
2000 108,896 25.2%
Est. 2008 123,447 13.4%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 108,896 people, 32,253 households, and 25,931 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,076.3 people per square mile (1,187.7/km²). There were 33,488 housing units at an average density of 946.0/sq mi (365.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 78.21% White, 1.15% African American, 1.17% Native American, 4.29% Asian, 2.90% Pacific Islander, 8.75% from other races, and 3.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.48% of the population.

There were 32,253 households out of which 47.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.6% were non-families. 14.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.36 and the average family size was 3.71.

In the city the population was spread out with 33.7% under the age of 18, 12.9% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 17.4% from 45 to 64, and 5.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 102.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,773, and the median income for a family was $48,593. Males had a median income of $32,116 versus $22,693 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,031. About 6.7% of families and 8.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.


The city lies in the Granite School District. It has 21 elementary schools, 4 junior high schools, and 2 high schools - Granger, which opened in 1958, and Hunter, which opened in 1990. The city is also the location of East Hollywood High School, a charter school specializing in film education.


West Valley City is on the same address grid system as Salt Lake City, and therefore also follows the same street numbering system. I-215 runs through eastern portions of the city parallel to I-15, which lies farther east of the city. The SR-201 freeway lies along the northern border with Salt Lake City and continues west into Magna as an expressway. Bangerter Highway, which runs south from Salt Lake City International Airport, traverses the approximate center of the city as well on its way to serving the rapidly-growing western and southern ends of the valley. The proposed Mountain View Corridor will also run through the western portion of the city. The city also is served by several bus routes operated by the Utah Transit Authority, and a future transit center (including a TRAX light rail station) will be located in the city center near Valley Fair Mall and the E Center. Completion of the light rail line and transit center are expected by 2011.

Sister cities

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

Famous residents

See also


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
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  4. ^ Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1941) p. 295
  5. ^ Jenson. Encyclopedic History. p. 346
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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