West Valley City
West Valley City, despite being Utah’s second largest city, is a relatively young city. Incorporated in 1980, the city does not have the deep civic traditions of older Utah communities like Ogden, Salt Lake City or Provo. In fact, because the city grew out of farming communities that evolved into suburbs, West Valley City has never had a traditional “city center” like these older pioneer-founded municipalities with their historic Main Streets. Rectifying this as the city urbanizes is a major concern of today’s city leaders as they work to not only enhance the tax base but perhaps more importantly, to create a sense of place and civic identity for the community.But the lack of City Hall formalities does not mean that there were not good people in the area that would become West Valley City for over a hundred years before incorporation. Joseph and Susanna Harker’s family were the first pioneers “over Jordan” in 1848, and other families soon followed in 1849.However, while many of these first families moved further south to what would become Taylorsville, a wave of new settlers to what was called Granger came beginning in 1866. Many of these pioneering families still have descendants in the city today bearing names like Rasmussen, Hemenway, Warr, Parks, Holmberg, Bess, Turpin, Todd, Wallace, Barton, Nebeker, Hill, Bawden, and Bangerter.
West Valley City Data
|Median resident age:||30.4 years|
|Utah median age:||30.2 years|
|West Valley City:||$51,027|
Estimated per capita income in 2013: $17,599 (it was $15,031 in 2000)
Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $158,900 (it was $125,400 in 2000)
|West Valley City:||$158,900|
Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $153,250; Detached houses: $173,289; Townhouses or other attached units: $138,328; In 2-unit structures: $156,468; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $124,003; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $129,486; Mobile homes: $23,844
West Valley City Home Sales
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