Trivia question: Salt Lake County has two airports. Salt Lake City has one, but where is the other? Well, the airport formerly known as Salt Lake City Municipal Airport 2 (the current name is South Valley Regional Airport) is located in the mid-valley suburb of West Jordan. Named for its location related to the Jordan River as it meanders across the Salt Lake valley, West Jordan is the fourth-largest city in Utah. It’s situated south of Taylorsville, west of Midvale, Murray, and Sandy, and east of the Oquirrh Mountain range. As it is part of our home, we at VIP Limousine believe there is good reason for this.
Founded in 1849, and formally incorporated in 1941, West Jordan quickly became a popular residential area, and the proximity to the river (inspired by the River Jordan in Israel) led to the establishment of one well-kept secret: Gardner Village. This unique area is a collection of shops, former homes, and other businesses named after Scottish immigrant and millwright Archibald Gardner. Gardner built a sawmill on the location in 1850 and became a successful businessman known throughout the region. Everything at Gardner Village is locally-owned; no chains or box stores to be found!
Due to its middle distance from downtown Salt Lake, but also with its mix of some businesses and neighborhoods, West Jordan, like its nearby neighbor Draper, is a very fast-growing city. While in the 1970s it was home to less than 5,000 people, West Jordan is now burgeoning with more than 100,000 residents. The growth has its downsides, including increased traffic and crowded schools, but the proof that it’s a desirable place to live is exemplified by this trend. In fact, the area is already trying to get ahead of the challenges by working on infrastructure and building up even further to spread the load. The city is now home to two high schools: West Jordan High School, home to High School Musical alumna Olesya Rulin, and Copper Hills High School, which garnered national attention for its prolific charitable donation center.
Bangerter Highway is the main north-south thoroughfare through the city of West Jordan, but to the west is the brand new Mountain View Corridor. West Jordan commuters also have the option of utilizing the UTA TRAX Red Line, which bisects the city and passes near some major points of interest. These include the aforementioned Gardner Village, the city government center of West Jordan, and the Jordan Campus of Salt Lake Community College, which has about 60,000 students enrolled. In the next few years, the Jordan Campus is set to become the main campus for the SLCC system, moving from Taylorsville to down south.
Other developments in the city include the sprawling Jordan Landing Mall, anchored by Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Sears Grand, Lowe’s, and a Marriott hotel. The entire complex stretches for 1 mile along Bangerter Highway and also services the neighboring cities. Besides this development, the city of West Jordan is also the headquarters of some notable regional businesses, including Mountain America Credit Union and Cyprus Credit Union.
With continued growth and local businesses, West Jordan has become “The City of the Good Neighbor,” but also a wonderful place to work and to live. New mixed with old, large combined with small, and opportunities abounding provide for an attractive environment on the edge of Utah’s capital.