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.

By the 1870s and 1880s canals were dug across the west side of the valley, bringing water from the Jordan River that became invaluable for irrigation. This allowed settlement further west and the area of Hunter was settled by families like the Rushtons, Hansens, and Days.

By 1900 the farming communities of Hunter and Granger had built churches, schools and mills. The census showed 354 residents of Hunter and 617 of Granger.

A new century brought paved roads (the first being 3500 South in 1918), automobiles, more growth, and an interurban rail line that connected people and goods from Magna on the West to Salt Lake City on the East. Social life still largely revolved around the local Mormon meetinghouse, and the rhythms and routines of life on the farm dictated most families’ lifestyle.

Post World War II
After World War II, the residents united in a Granger-Hunter Improvement District to provide culinary water and modern sewer services. Established in 1950, this organization gave the area the ability to provide a neighborhood with water allowing new subdivisions to become a reality, and the residential boom was on.Farms disappeared or shrunk as suburbia encroached. Businesses appeared along major corridors like 3500 South and Redwood Road to fill the needs of the growing community. But growth was somewhat haphazard, and the political leaders at Salt Lake County did not hesitate to place a disproportionate share of the valley’s multi-family residential units in the area, for example. Nor did they focus much on the aesthetics of business signage, neighborhood street infrastructure, or parks and recreation needs.Area residents began to organize, first in groups like the Lions Club, Rotary Club, Valley West Chamber of Commerce, and Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. From these civic minded organizations came the Granger-Hunter Community Council in 1964. After a failed incorporation effort in 1978, a successful one occurred in 1980, and West Valley City was officially born July 1, 1980.The early years for West Valley City were rough. In fact, new city leaders were faced with a disincorporation vote on the ballot just a week after their July 1 swearing ins. No bank would finance a city that may become defunct within days, so the first city mayor, Hank Price, and city commissioners, Renee Mackay and Jerry Wagstaff, paid for gas for the police cars out of their own pockets.

West Valley City Data

Population in 2014: 134,495 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: +23.5%
Males: 65,487  (48.7%)
Females: 69,008  (51.3%)
Median resident age:   30.4 years
Utah median age:   30.2 years
Zip codes: 84120.
Estimated median household income in 2013: $51,027 (it was $45,773 in 2000)
West Valley City: $51,027
UT: $59,770

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $17,599 (it was $15,031 in 2000)

West Valley City city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $158,900 (it was $125,400 in 2000)

West Valley City: $158,900
UT: $211,400

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

Median gross rent in 2013: $942.

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