West Valley City Utah Real Estate Market & Area Guide
If there is one word to describe West Valley City, it’s “progress.” That’s no accident. The city’s motto is “Progress as promised,” and WVC (the second largest city in Utah) is a thriving community for local businesses. Because multiple families live in WVC, administrators understand the need for outstanding recreation and entertainment. This culturally-diverse community is working hard to live up to its own hype. There is always something new and exciting to discover here. With a population of more than 140,000 the city is jumpin’ and a hoppin’!
West Valley City is home to the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. This is a place people from throughout Utah gather there to celebrate many different cultural events. Imagine Scottish Festivals, Native American pow wows, a Polynesian Festival and more all taking place under the same roof. Art exhibits, educational programs and even an Olmec head gifted to the US by Mexico.
No matter what you enjoy celebrating, WVC is making space! Residents enjoy two golf courses, more than 20 parks and a massive family fitness center that caters to people of all ages!
The City recently revitalized its downtown with new city offices, Fairbourne Station and Valley Fair Mall.
Public transportation is readily available here with easy access to Amtrak, Salt Lake International Airport, public buses operated by the Utah Transit Authority and simple access to Interstate 80, Interstate 15 and Interstate 215.
If you are looking for a strong sense of community and a multitude of public services, look no further than West Valley City.
Tribal communities are believed to have lived in the area as many as 3,000 years ago, according to a history published by West Valley City Administration. Archaic-age tools were discovered in what archaeologists deemed to be a temporary campsite. In another location geologists identified possible stone tools from the same age.
Centuries later, pioneers representing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) found their way to the valley. When they arrived, there was a Ute and a Shoshone presence. The Church’s president Brigham Young predicted a brilliant future for the west side of the valley.
The Joseph and Susanna Harker family is credited with being the first settlers “over Jordan” in 1848. People have been moving there ever since beginning with families that joined the Harkers in 1849. For nearly two decades the population remained sparse. In 1866 a wave of new settlers arrived in the former town of Granger.
Historic accounts indicate access to the Jordan River in the 1870s and 1880s. Canals channeled water to the west side of the valley from the Jordan River. The area began to flourish with Utah’s lifeblood – water.
The hard work of determined men, women and children planted the seeds more than a century ago for what we now know as West Valley City. Those canals from the Jordan River watered them. Just look what has grown.
Read the city’s history on the government website, click here.
West Valley City is home to the Maverick Center. This state-of-the-art facility was once known as the E Center. It seats 12,000 people and offers a venue for multiple activities. The Maverick Center is home to the Utah Grizzlies. Many concerts happen here and productions touring live make their temporary home right here in WVC.
The Acord Ice Center stadium, arena and sports venue is a popular ice skating facility that offers an Olympic size rink of 200-feet X 100-feet. The rink has rounded corners. The center offers stick ‘n puck, free style, power stroking and public sessions. Start Smart Programs are offered year-round.
This community is also the home of a Live Nation Venue called the USANA Amphitheater. Big stars and brilliant concerts take place here including names like Matchbox Twenty, AJR – the Okay Orchestra Tour, Chris Stapleton, Santana, the Goo Goo Dolls, Backstreet Boys and more!
Get a re-charged in this electrical city buzzing with events and activities!
The Utah Cultural Celebration Center is a major meeting and events center that hosts events and activities year-round. The74,000-square-foot facility is located on 60 acres with an outdoor amphitheater that seats 10,000, a banquet room, outdoor patio, large classrooms and a full kitchen. Rent space and make your own fun or attend one of the many major events that take place in this cultural hub. Enjoy concerts, an annual cultural food festival, art exhibits and more!
Looking for a fun place to take the children for an afternoon? Scales and Tails Utah in West Valley City has some exciting exotic animals to share with you! Check out their website for visiting hours and admission information. They will even bring the show to your event!
This family-oriented community knows the value of outside play and exercise for children of all ages. There are 27 parks in the city. Whether you want to walk, run, bike, hike, gather, play, exercise or just contemplate – there’s a place for you. Visit the city website for detailed information about their parks!
Love to golf? West Valley City features two golf courses you won’t want to miss! Simply click on the links to learn all about these great locations (they even double as wedding venues).
Valley Fair Mall is a local favorite for shopping and entertainment. Valley Fair covers 831,667-square-feet (all on one level). Anchor stores include All Star Bowling & Entertainment, Bed Bath & Beyond, Hobby Lobby, JCPenney, Megaplex Theatres, Old Navy, Ross Dress for Less, and Ulta Beauty.
This area features big box stores Walmart, Carter’s, Gen X and more. Burlington clothing store is nearby as is Target.
The website, Glassdoor.com named the following as being the top employers of West Valley City residents:
- University of Utah
- Goldman Sachs
- Intermountain Healthcare
- Academy Mortgage
- Health Catalyst
- Mountain America Credit Union
- USANA Health Sciences
- Huntsman Cancer Institute