South Jordan Community Information

South Jordan's population is highly educated. According to the 2000 US Census, over 95% of those 25 or older living in the city had a high school diploma or some college experience. Of the 95.8%, 31% had a bachelor's degree or higher. This is no surprise as the state's four largest universities, University of Utah, BYU, Weber State and Utah State, are all located with 40 miles of South Jordan.

Bingham High is the primary public high school in South Jordan. Bingham has a student population of approximately 2,100 and is supported by feeder schools such as South Jordan and Elk Ridge Middle Schools. There is also a new high school (Herriman High) that serves part of South Jordan. Public elementary schools that serve the city are Monte Vista, Welby, Jordan Ridge, Elk Meadows and South Jordan, all with student populations ranging from 750-1,200. Overall, the public schools fall under the umbrella of the Jordan School District, which is the largest district in the state, serving the cities of Sandy, West Jordan, Draper and South Jordan.

South Jordan was settled in 1857 by Alexander and Catherine Lince Beckstead. Like many of the first settlers, the Beckstead home was a cave-like dwelling, carved out of the banks of the Jordan River. For nearly 80 years South Jordan was primarily a rural farming community before it became incorporated in 1935. In 1960, the population was 1,354. Housing slowly began to replace farmland and soon South Jordan became a desired residential location for those seeking to live in the Salt Lake City Metro Area. During the 1990s, the city's population grew an astounding 9.4% per year which made South Jordan one of the largest cities in the state of Utah.

South Jordan's most distinctive and recognizable landmark, visible from miles around, is the LDS Jordan River Temple overlooking the open space and protected green belts of the Jordan River Parkway. Though residential development in the Salt Lake Valley has boomed, South Jordan is committed to preserving its natural beauty. Specifically, South Jordan city officials are cooperating with other government, non-profit and private groups to set aside a significant area along the banks of the Jordan River for the South Jordan Riverway Wildlife Enhancement Project.

Proximity to Salt Lake City serves to further enhance the fulfilling lifestyle already afforded to South Jordan residents. Salt Lake City is a thriving metropolis filled with renowned cultural centers, entertainment venues and large-capacity professional sports stadiums. The city also boasts four of the finest ski resorts in the world, a variety of national parks and regional preservation areas, six challenging golf courses and a long and distinguished list of museums, art houses and other historically significant destinations for people from all walks of life to enjoy. The metropolis also has an international airport which is less than a 16-mile commute for South Jordan residents.

South Jordan is indeed a great place to live, work and play. Although the city is primarily residential, its location within the thriving Salt Lake City Metro Area ensures its citizens are connected to the pulse of a city that not only serves as the county seat for Salt Lake County, but as the capital city of the state of Utah. Home to the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Salt Lake City is a burgeoning city with economic side effects that have been and will continue to be positive for its neighboring towns and cities such as South Jordan.

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