- West Jordan, Utah
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West Jordan is a city in Salt Lake County,
Utah, United States. West Jordan is a rapidly growing suburb of Salt Lake City, with a balanced housing stock, quality commercial districts and a strong industrial base. The Jordan Landingmixed-use development, located in the major growth area of Salt Lake County, is the focal point of retail development and is one of the largest shopping centers in Utah. As of the 2000 Census, the city had a population of 68,336; by 2005, West Jordan had an estimated population of 91,444, placing it as the fourth most populated in the state. The US Census Bureau estimates its 2006 population at 100,280. [ [http://www.census.gov/popest/archives/2000s/vintage_2006/06s_challenges.html 2006 Estimates Challenges ] ]
The city occupies the southwest end of the Salt Lake Valley at an elevation of 4,330 feet (1,320 m). The valley is surrounded by mountains that rise dramatically to an elevation of 11,752 feet (3,582 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 in the 21st century. Currently the city has four major retail centers;
Jordan Landingis one of the largest mixed-use planned developments in the Intermountain West[http://www.jordanlanding.net/new1/about_us.php] . Companies headquartered in West Jordan include Wasatch Software, Cyprus Credit Union, Mountain America Credit Union, Fairchild Semiconductor, and Dunford Bakeries. 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
Salt Lake City Municipal 2 Airport, commonly referred to as "Airport #2", Salt Lake County's regional airport for smaller passenger planes.
West Jordan received its name from Mormon settlers who entered the
Salt Lake Valleyin 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 Jordanin 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 Mormonwhose 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 tannerywest of the Mississippi Riverwas 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 Corridorfreeway and the "Mid-Jordan" UTA TRAX light railline.
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
UtahState 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. [http://ci.west-jordan.ut.us/index.cfm?objectid=C68D5DA7-802E-03C3-313A59DFF71CD698]
West Jordan is located at coor dms|40|36|23|N|111|58|34|W|city (40.606385, -111.976217).GR|1 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 Mountainsand 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 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.
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 Airport #2 and the Jordan Landingshopping center. Due to severe traffic congestion plaguing the rapidly growing city, "A ten-lane freeway in the Mountain View Corridoris 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, with most lines running every 30 minutes during peak hours and every hour the rest of the day. UTA implemented more frequent and extended bus service in August 2007 [http://www.rideuta.com/projects/2007routeChanges/] with a new route extending down the now completed 9000 South extension to 4800 West to help accomidate increasing demand. UTA is also planning to construct a new TRAX light railline, dubbed the "Mid-Jordan Line", which will run in an existing railroad corridor and serve the city with six stations. The line, which will terminate at the Daybreak Communityin South Jordan, is expected to be completed in 2009.
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 Councilmeetings 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. 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 [http://www.wjordan.com/files/Complete_Report.pdf] .
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 68,336 people, 18,897 households, and 16,232 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 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 incomefor 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.
Wassef Ali Hassoun, U.S. Marine
Gene Fullmer, boxer
Carolyn Jessop, former member of the FLDSwho wrote a book about her own experience called Escape.
Salt Lake City metropolitan area
West Jordan has a sister city, as designated by
Sister Cities International:
* [http://ci.west-jordan.ut.us/ West Jordan official website]
* [http://www.media.utah.edu/UHE/w/WESTJORDAN.html West Jordan - Utah History Encyclopedia]
* [http://www.utahcollege.edu/campus-locations/west-jordan-ut/ Utah Career College - West Jordan Campus]
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