West Jordan, Utah – World Atlas

Located in Utah’s Salt Lake County, West Jordan is the third largest and the 255th largest city in the country. The West Bank was named by Mormon settlers in 1847 after the adjacent Jordan River. Located on the southwestern rim of the Salt Lake Valley, this Salt Lake City suburb has outstanding natural areas, commercial centers and historical sites.

Geography and climate of the West Bank

Aerial view of the Salt Lake Valley, Oquirrh Mountains and West Bank.

The West Bank covers a total area of ​​83.73 km², which is entirely occupied by land. It is bounded by the Oquirrh Mountains to the west and the Jordan River to the east. West Jordan is approximately 18 miles from downtown Salt Lake City and 32 miles from Provo. The suburb is surrounded to the north by the cities of Taylorsville and Kearns; South Bank to the south; Copperton to the west; West Valley City in the extreme northwest; and Sandy, Murray and Midvale to the east.

According to the Koppen climate classification, the West Bank experiences a semi-arid climate with dry summers and cold winters. West Jordan gets almost 53 inches of snow a year, significantly more than the national average of 58 inches. There is also an average of 230 days of sunshine a year, slightly more than the national average of 205.

West Bank history

The historic West Jordan Ward Meeting House of the LDS Church.
The historic West Jordan Ward Meeting House of the LDS Church. Image credit: Tricia Simpson, via Wikimedia Commons

West Jordan was founded in 1847 by Mormon settlers who fled to the area after being persecuted to the east. Archibald Gardner established the first sawmills in the area in 1850. West Jordan was primarily dependent on agriculture for most of its early existence. The area has been growing rapidly since the 1970s. West Jordan is also known for being the first site selected by Sears in 2003 as part of the Sears Grand project. A new main campus for Salt Lake Community College was also built in West Jordan.

West Bank population

According to the last US census, West Jordan has a population of 116,961. Approximately 72.2% of the West Bank’s population is White, 1.2% Black, 2.8% Asian, and 2.9% of mixed race. Additionally, about 19% of the city’s population also identify as Latino. West Bank has a high religious population of 75.4%. Mormonism is the overwhelming majority of the faith, accounting for 61% of the religious population. Catholicism is second at 9%. Most of the city follows a variant of the Christian faith. Approximately 1.1% of West Bankers identify with a non-Christian religion, with Judaism, Islam and Eastern beliefs making up the majority of this population.

Sights in the West Bank

The historic Gardner Mill is currently the heart of the Gardner Village shopping center
The historic Gardner Mill is currently the heart of the Gardner Village shopping center. Image credit: Tricia Simpson, via Wikimedia Commons

One can visit the village of Gardner, which houses most of the town’s historic sites. One can also play golf at the River Oaks Golf Course while nature lovers will enjoy the Conservation Garden Park. Additionally, proximity to Salt Lake City means sports fans have access to the NBA’s Utah Jazz at Vivint Arena, an 18,000-seat stadium. There’s nothing to fear if soccer is more your pace, as the famed Utah Utes college football team plays at Salt Lake City’s 51,000-seat Rice-Eccles Arena.

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