West Valley City, Utah

West Valley City: The second most populous city in Utah. It is located in the Salt Lake Valley in western Utah. West Valley City is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the West Valley City Arts Council and the West Valley City Museum of History.

About

West Valley City is a city located in the county of Salt Lake in the U.S. state of Utah. Its population at the 2010 census was 129,480 and a population density of 1,408 people per km². After 9 years in 2019 city had an estimated population of 135,248 inhabitants.

The city was created 44 years ago in 1979.

The area that became West Valley City was originally dry, empty space when Mormon pioneers arrived in 1847. Farmers settled the land over time and small communities formed.

West Valley City itself was incorporated in 1980 as a way to unite the unincorporated neighborhoods of Hunter, Granger, and Redwood. It became Utah’s second largest city during rapid growth in the 1980s.

Key Facts About Modern West Valley City

Here are some key details about West Valley City today:

  • Population: Around 136,000 residents, making it the second largest city in Utah after Salt Lake City.
  • Economy: Major employers include eBay and slowly growing tech sector, Intermountain Healthcare, UPS, and PacifiCorp. Manufacturing and service jobs are also prominent.
  • Neighborhoods: Notable communities include Fairbourne Station, Chesterfield and Stonebridge. Home styles range from older ramblers to new townhouses and apartments.
  • Parks and Recreation: The city has 6 golf courses, ice skating rinks, swimming pools, and 67 parks with trails, sports fields and courts.
  • Attractions: Key sites include the USANA Amphitheatre, Utah Cultural Celebration Center, and Hogle Zoo. The annual Utah Arts Festival is also based here.

West Valley City retains a diverse, working-class population as it balances urban expansion with preserving a sense of close-knit community.

West Valley City locator map
Location of West Valley City on Utah map.

Quick Facts about West Valley City

Population : 135,248 (2019)
Country : United States of America
State : Utah (United States)
County : Salt Lake County
Area : 91.99 km2
Altitude : 4,304 feet / 1312 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1980 (44 years ago)
Time Zone : Mountain Time Zone
Local time : 01:44:35 (22nd June 2024)
Postal code : 84119
Density : 1,470 Pop. per km² as of 2019
Population growth : 4.26% (2010-2019)
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Geography

West Valley City is located at 40°41'30"N 112°0'4"W (40.6916100, -112.0010500). It has 2 neighbors: Salt Lake City and West Jordan.

West Valley City map

West Valley City has 2 neighbours.

  • Salt Lake City The capital of Utah. It is located in the northeastern part of the state. Salt Lake City is known for its many Mormon landmarks, its many parks and green spaces, and its many attractions, such as the Salt Lake Temple and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.
  • West Jordan The second most populous city in Salt Lake County, Utah. It is located in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. West Jordan is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Jordan River Parkway and the West Jordan Historical Museum.

Demographics

The population of West Valley City increased by 4.26% in 9 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 129,480 - census
2011 131,031 1.18% estimation process
2012 132,463 1.08% estimation process
2013 133,744 0.96% estimation process
2014 134,431 0.51% estimation process
2015 135,903 1.08% estimation process
2016 136,741 0.61% estimation process
2017 136,334 -0.3% estimation process
2018 135,982 -0.26% estimation process
2019 135,248 -0.54% estimation process

Demographic Facts

Estimated population as of July 1, 2019 : 9,119
Based on demographic estimates as of April 1, 2010 : 8,674
Based on demographic estimates as of 1 April 2010 : 5.1%
April 1, 2020 Population : 8,460
April 1, 2010 Population : 8,526
People under 5 years old, percentage : 7.8%
People under 18 years old, percentage : 26.3%
People over 65 (%) : 16.6%
Female persons, % : 55.9%
White only, percent : 45.7%
Black or African American alone, percent : 50.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native only, % : 0.0%
Asians alone % : 0.2%
Only Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, % : 0.0%
% of people who have participated in two or more races : 2.1%
% of Hispanic or Latino : 7.0%
White people, not Hispanic or Latino people, make up the majority of the population. : 40.1%
2015-2019 Veterans : 423
Percentage of foreign-born people, 2015-2019 : 4.4%
Rate of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019 : 44.2%

West Valley City zip code is 84119. County name: Salt Lake, County fips: 49035

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Economic Facts

Rate of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019 : 44.2%
Owner-occupied housing unit median value, 2015-2019 : $141,600
From 2015 to 2019, the median selected monthly owner costs - with a mortgage : $1,190
Monthly owner costs, without a mortgage, at the median, 2015-2019 : $345
2015-2019 median gross rent : $695
2015-2019 Households : 3,469
Population per household, 2015-2019 : 2.60
Living in the same house a year ago, percentage of people aged one year and up, 2015-2019 : 79.4%
Languages other than English spoken at home, as a percentage of people aged 5 and up, 2015-2019 : 7.7%
Households with computers, %, 2015-2019 : 79.6%
Percentage of households with a broadband Internet subscription, 2015-2019 : 62.8%
Percentage of people aged 25 and up with a high school diploma or higher, 2015-2019 : 75.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher, proportion of people aged 25 and up, 2015-2019 : 16.4%
Percentage of people under the age of 65 who have a disability, 2015-2019 : 12.6%
Persons under the age of 65 who do not have health insurance, as a percentage : 16.1%
Total civilian labor force, percent of population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 55.4%
Female labor force participation in the civilian labor force, as a percentage of the population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 57.8%
Total sales of lodging and food services in 2012 ($1,000) : 34,106
2012 total retail sales ($1,000) : 288,003
2012 total retail sales per capita : $32,896
Mean commute time to work (in minutes), workers aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 27.3
2015-2019 median household income (in 2019 dollars) : $30,122
Income per capita in the previous 12 months (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019 : $23,744
Percentage of people living in poverty : 35.3%
Total number of businesses in 2012 : 1,113
Men-owned businesses in 2012 : 607
Women-owned businesses in 2012 : 341
Minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 336
Non-minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 649
Veteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 180
Nonveteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 800
2010 population per square mile : 1,329.1
2010 land area in square miles : 6.41

People born in West Valley City (9)

People born in West Valley City, including politician Norman H. Bangerter, mayor Brent F. Anderson, ice hockey player D.J. Jelitto, .

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Schools in West Valley City

College & universities near West Valley City, UT

Code Name City ZIP
489247 American Beauty Academy-West Valley Campus West Valley City (UT) 84119
230746 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City (UT) 84123
481100 Top Nails & Hair Beauty School Taylorsville (UT) 84118-0000
438151 Stevens-Henager College Murray (UT) 84123-5671
406486 Myotherapy College of Utah Salt Lake City (UT) 84115

Stations (4)

Amtrak & bus stations near West Valley City, UT

Code Name Address Type
SLC Salt Lake City Intermodal Hub 340 South 600 West RAIL
SLB Salt Lake City Intermodal Hub 300 South 600 West BUS
PRO Provo 300 West 600 South RAIL
OGD Ogden, Utah 2393 Wall Avenue BUS

Post offices near West Valley City

Post Office Name City ZIP
West Valley Post Office West Valley City (UT) 84120
Kearn Post Office Taylorsville (UT) 84129
Salt Lake City Post Office Salt Lake City (UT) 84199
Magna Post Office Magna (UT) 84044
South Salt Lak Post Office Salt Lake City (UT) 84115

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Herriman 55,756 A city in Salt Lake County, Utah.
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Murray 48,355 The most populous city in Salt Lake County, Utah.
Riverton 44,369 A city in Salt Lake County, Utah.
South Jordan Heights 37,141 City in United States of America
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Distance to Other Cities

West Valley City distances to largest Utah cities