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.
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.
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.
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 136,401 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 3846.10 people/mi² (1484.98 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.