West Valley City, Utah Population 2021

133,780
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West Valley City is a city located in Utah. With a 2020 population of 133,780, it is the 2nd largest city in Utah (after Salt Lake City) and the 207th largest city in the United States . West Valley City is currently declining at a rate of -0.55% annually but its population has increased by 3.32% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 129,480 in 2010. West Valley City reached it's highest population of in . Spanning over 36 miles, West Valley City has a population density of 3,772 people per square mile.

The average household income in West Valley City is $76,924 with a poverty rate of 12.42%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,126 per month, and the median house value is $219,500. The median age in West Valley City is 30.5 years, 30.3 years for males, and 30.8 years for females.

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.

Diversity

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.

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.

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.

West Valley City Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of West Valley Citywas:

  • White: 58.46%
  • Other race: 24.21%
  • Asian: 5.57%
  • Two or more races: 4.51%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 3.16%
  • Black or African American: 2.83%
  • Native American: 1.25%
The current population of West Valley City, Utah is 133,780 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 135,248.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 129,480.

West Valley City, Utah Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White79,51658.46%
Some Other Race32,93124.21%
Asian7,5795.57%
Two or More Races6,1284.51%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander4,3023.16%
Black or African American3,8502.83%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,7031.25%
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West Valley City Population by Race

West Valley City Population Pyramid $2021

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West Valley City Median Age

30.5


Total

30.3


Male

30.8


Female

West Valley City Adults

There are 94,076 adults, (11,632 of whom are seniors) in West Valley City.

West Valley City Age Dependency

65

Age Dependency Ratio

14.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

50.9

Child Dependency Ratio

West Valley City Sex Ratio

Female

66,290

48.74%

Male

69,719

51.26%

West Valley City Population by Age

West Valley City Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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West Valley City Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Female55.1%44.9%
Non Family57.1%42.9%
Male61.5%38.5%
All68.5%31.5%
Married77.7%22.3%

68.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

West Valley City Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All37,6913.668.5
Married20,8174.1777.7
Non Family8,3011.5957.1
Female5,5744.0155.1
Male2,9994.4161.5

3.96

Average Family Size

3.6

Average Household Size

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West Valley City Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,1527.61%
9th to 12th Grade8,91811.03%
High School Graduate27,74034.32%
Some College18,69523.13%
Associates Degree7,0538.73%
Bachelors Degree9,17311.35%
Graduate Degree3,0893.82%
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West Valley City Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

West Valley City Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White42,96139,2627,818
Hispanic26,13716,2311,881
Other Race17,0729,9371,197
Asian5,2804,4431,646
Islander2,5822,452348
2+ Races2,1311,843262
Black1,8201,566281
Native American903789151

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 94.97%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 31.17%.

West Valley City Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$33,753$40,012$28,605
Less Than 9th Grade$26,802$31,159$21,754
High School Graduate$31,875$38,819$26,742
Some College$36,557$44,030$30,652
Bachelors Degree$42,318$48,308$37,986
Graduate Degree$48,711$64,881$43,540

$33,753

Average Earnings

$40,012

Average Male

$28,605

Average Female

West Valley City Earnings by Educational Attainment

West Valley City Language by Age

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West Valley City Language

60.28% of West Valley City residents speak only English, while 39.72% 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 Language

West Valley City Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic51,3558,77117.08%
Other32,5305,48916.87%
White63,2545,0537.99%
Asian7,5631,21416.05%
Multiple6,04497016.05%
Black3,84385922.35%
Islander4,3023307.67%
Native1,70317710.39%

12.42%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.15%

Male Poverty Rate

13.76%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in West Valley City

The race most likely to be in poverty in West Valley City is Black, with 22.35% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in West Valley City is Islander, with 7.67% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.75%. Among those working part-time, it was 15.81%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.60%.

West Valley City Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade17.69%
High School10.74%
Some College6.47%
Bachelors or Greater5.97%

West Valley City Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed30.14%
Female Unemployed25.20%
Female Employed7.20%
Male Employed5.17%

West Valley City Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

West Valley City Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$66,342$76,924
Families$70,175$80,196
Married Families$78,490$89,165
Non Families$43,785$52,107
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Income by Household Type

West Valley City Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

48.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.0%

Male Marriage Rate

48.5%

Female Marriage Rate

West Valley City Married by Age and Sex

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West Valley City 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 55-64.

West Valley City Marital Status by Race

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West Valley City Marital Status

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4,807

Number of Veterans

4,457

Male Veterans

350

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,827
First Gulf War1,029
Second Gulf War994
Korea302
World War II38

West Valley City Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,244
55 to 641,078
35 to 541,040
75+913
18 to 34532

West Valley City Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3,8826.72%
Hispanic6021.88%
Black38116.84%
Other Race3171.50%
Islander883.04%
Asian540.90%
2+ Races471.74%
Native American382.96%

West Valley City Veterans by Race

West Valley City Veterans by Education

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5.57%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.26%

Veteran Disability Rate

West Valley City Veterans by Education

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72.6%

Labor Force Participation

69.4%

Employment Rate

4.2%

Unemployment Rate

West Valley City Employment by Age

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West Valley City Employment by Race

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West Valley City Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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55.38%

Born in West Valley City

77.73%

Native Born

22.27%

Foreign Born

14.52%

Non Citizen

7.75%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

77.73% of West Valley City residents were born in the United States, with 55.38% having been born in Utah. 14.52% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

West Valley City Place of Birth

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021133,780-734-0.55%
2020134,514-734-0.54%
2019135,248-734-0.54%
2018135,982-352-0.26%
2017136,334-407-0.30%
2016136,7418380.62%
2015135,9031,4721.09%
2014134,4316870.51%
2013133,7441,2810.97%
2012132,4631,4321.09%
2011131,0311,3781.06%
2010129,65320,7571.76%
2000108,89621,9202.27%
199086,97614,5981.85%
198072,3780.00%

West Valley City Population by Year