West Valley City, Utah Population 2019

Located in Salt Lake County, a suburb of Salt Lake City, West Valley City is the second-largest city in Utah. West Valley City is located about 11 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. The city was incorporated in 1980 from a large and quickly growing unincorporated area, which had variously been known as Chesterfield, Granger, Hunter, and Redwood. In 2019, West Valley City has an estimated population of 136,000, up from 129,000 at the 2010 census.

Demographics

According to United States census data (https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/westvalleycitycityutah), the ethnic and racial demographics of the population of West Valley City, UT are:

  • White: 57.4% (non-Hispanic: 46.8%)
  • Black or African American: 2.4%
  • Asian: 5.5%
  • Native American Indian and Alaskan Native: 1%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 4.4%
  • Two or more races: 4.3%
  • Some other race: 25%
  • Hispanic or Latino of any race: 37.7%

According to new census estimates, demographers say West Valley City is now a minority-majority city (https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2018/09/13/census-west-valley-city/) in 2019 with minorities accounting for 51.4% of the population compared to around 48.6% white. About one-third of West Valley City's population is Hispanic or Latino.

History

Prior to the first European settlers to the area, the earliest known residents of the western Salt Lake Valley were Ute and Shoshoni tribes of Native American Indians. European Latter-day Saints arrived and settled in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847.

The area would go on to be comprised of four separate communities – Chesterfield, Granger, Hunter, and Redwood. Welsh Latter-day Saints settled in the Granger area in 1849, and by 1930 Granger and its surrounding area had grown to be home to around 1,000 inhabitants. It was not until 1876 that Hunter was settled. Irrigation was developed 5 years later, and the area became known for its growth and cultivation of fruit trees.

The communities of Chesterfield, Granger, Hunter, and Redwood saw rapid growth in population in the 1970s, and the four unincorporated areas came together in 1980 to form West Valley City.

The city unveiled plans in 2011 for a vast, 10-year investment plan into its infrastructure, creating a downtown area comprising approximately 40 acres at a cost of $500 million.

Population Growth

At the time of West Valley City’s incorporation in 1980, the population of the city stood at just over 72,000. The city has seen consistent and steady growth over the years that have followed, growing on average by around 1 or 2% each decade. The largest increase in growth came during the 1990s, with an additional 22,000 people having come to the city between 1990 and 2000.

Between the incorporation of West Valley City in 1980 and the latest census estimates in 2017, it's estimated that the city has seen a rise of an additional 63,792 people, an increase of marginally more than 88%. In 2015, the city saw a growth of only 692 people, and 2016 saw a decline of almost as many. It's not known whether this decline is expected to continue and become a trend.

West Valley City Ut Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of West Valley City Ut was:

  • White: 57.37%
  • Other race: 24.98%
  • Asian: 5.53%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 4.37%
  • Two or more races: 4.35%
  • Black or African American: 2.37%
  • Native American: 1.03%

West Valley City, Utah's estimated population is 136,170 according to the most recent United States census estimates. West Valley City, Utah is the 2nd largest city in Utah based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 3839.59 people/mi² (1482.47 people/km²), with a household density of 420.41 people/km² (1088.86 people/mi²).

The overall median age is 30.4 years, 30.3 years for males, and 30.5 years for females. For every 100 females there are 102.4 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 38,616 households in the city, with an average size of people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1%, with a median rent of $1020/month. The median house has 6 rooms, and has a value of $182,100.

The median income for households in West Valley City, Utah is $59,954, while the mean household income is $70,224.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2017136,170-676-0.49%
2016136,8466920.51%
2015136,1541,5691.17%
2014134,5856370.48%
2013133,9481,3881.05%
2012132,5601,4621.12%
2011131,0981,4611.13%
2010129,63720,7411.76%
2000108,89621,9202.27%
199086,97614,5981.85%
198072,3780.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White77,765
Some Other Race33,860
Asian7,492
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander5,927
Two or More Races5,890
Black or African American3,218
American Indian and Alaska Native1,394

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table B03002

West Valley City Ut Population Pyramid 2019

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

West Valley City Ut Median Age

30.4


Total

30.3


Male

30.5


Female

West Valley City Ut Adults

There are 92,109 adults, (10,759 of whom are seniors) in West Valley City Ut.

West Valley City Ut Age Dependency

66.6

Age Dependency Ratio

13.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

53.4

Child Dependency Ratio

West Valley City Ut Sex Ratio

Female

66,968

49.41%

Male

68,578

50.59%

West Valley City Ut Households and Families

West Valley City Ut Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1101

West Valley City Ut Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married77.5%22.5%
All68.4%31.6%
Male59.7%40.3%
Non Family58.4%41.6%
Female53.9%46.1%

68.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

West Valley City Ut Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All37,0513.6568.4
Married20,4384.2577.5
Non Family7,8561.5458.4
Female5,5224.0853.9
Male3,2354.2759.7

4.01

Average Family Size

3.65

Average Household Size

7.9%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.7%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

West Valley City Ut Households

West Valley City Ut Education

West Valley City Ut Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,3918.06%
9th to 12th Grade10,53713.29%
High School Graduate27,34034.47%
Some College17,92722.60%
Associates Degree6,5158.22%
Bachelors Degree7,9089.97%
Graduate Degree2,6883.39%

West Valley City Ut Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White42,57538,2787,051
Hispanic25,11114,3951,537
Other Race16,8888,900930
Asian5,1843,9221,087
Islander3,0872,900312
Multiple Races1,7551,505284
Black1,5521,303362
Native American87076074

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 93.94%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 23.32%.

West Valley City Ut Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,563$36,077$26,778
Less Than High School$25,751$30,044$19,557
High School Grad$31,246$35,928$26,765
Some College$33,214$41,612$28,138
Bachelors Degree$40,300$45,519$36,237
Graduate Degree$45,827$59,425$40,192

$31,563

Average Earnings

$36,077

Average Male

$26,778

Average Female

West Valley City Ut Language

West Valley City Ut Language by Age

West Valley City Ut Language

59.83% of West Valley City Ut residents speak only English, while 40.17% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 30.32% of the population.

West Valley City Ut Poverty

West Valley City Ut Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic50,66510,31120.35%
Other33,5647,99823.83%
White63,0324,9197.80%
Multiple5,8541,16119.83%
Islander5,9271,12318.95%
Asian7,48987911.74%
Black3,20786426.94%
Native1,38120314.70%

13.84%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.03%

Male Poverty Rate

15.70%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in West Valley City Ut

The race most likely to be in poverty in West Valley City Ut is Black, with 26.94% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in West Valley City Ut is White, with 7.80% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.32%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.82%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.36%.

West Valley City Ut Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School18.80%
High School11.79%
Bachelors or Greater6.22%
Some College5.68%

West Valley City Ut Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed38.55%
Male Unemployed23.86%
Female Employed7.66%
Male Employed6.78%

West Valley City Ut Income

West Valley City Ut Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$59,954$70,224
Families$62,142$72,190
Married Families$71,697$81,097
Non Families$40,505$50,070

West Valley City Ut Marital Status

West Valley City Ut Marital Status

Marriage Rates

48.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.8%

Male Marriage Rate

49.0%

Female Marriage Rate

West Valley City Ut Married by Age and Sex

West Valley City Ut Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

West Valley City Ut Marital Status by Race


Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1201

West Valley City Ut Veterans

West Valley City Ut Veterans by War

4,977

Number of Veterans

4,622

Male Veterans

355

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam1,807
Second Gulf War1,011
First Gulf War977
Korea324
World War II130

West Valley City Ut Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
35 to 541,370
65 to 741,173
55 to 641,051
75+769
18 to 34614

West Valley City Ut Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White4,1707.28%
Hispanic5091.67%
Black26414.35%
Other2251.11%
Hawaiian1293.61%
Indian988.96%
2 or More482.12%
Asian430.75%

West Valley City Ut Veterans by Education

5.06%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.97%

Veteran Disability Rate

West Valley City Ut Employment Status

West Valley City Ut Employment by Age

72.5%

Labor Force Participation

68.5%

Employment Rate

5.4%

Unemployment Rate

West Valley City Ut Employment by Race

West Valley City Ut Employment by Education

West Valley City Ut Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

56.40%

Born in Utah

77.65%

Native Born

22.35%

Foreign Born

14.47%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

77.65% of West Valley City Ut residents were born in the United States, with 56.40% having been born in Utah. 14.47% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.