South Jordan is part of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area and lies along the banks of the Jordan River. The city’s location is between the 9,000-foot peaks of the Oquirrh Mountains and the 12,000-foot peaks of the Wasatch Mountains.
Originally founded in 1859 by Mormon settlers, it is the world’s first city to have two temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The city was incorporated in 1935 and has become a quickly growing bedroom community. The latest Census from 2010 shows a population of 50,418, and that may easily be doubled by the master-planned new Daybreak Community that will take up the western half of the city.
As of March 31, 2016, the median home value was $315,300, having gone up 8.3 percent over last year and predicted to rise 4.9 percent within the coming year. The rent index is $1,746 a month.
The Jordan School District has six elementary schools, two middle schools, and four high schools. There is also the alternative school Valley High, a public charter Paradigm high school, and Early Light Academy schools.
The Jordan Campus of Salt Lake Community College offers general education and health science courses. The Applied Technology Center and Itineris Early College High School are also located on that campus. The private Roseman University of Health Sciences has schools of dentistry, pharmacy, and an online nursing program. The Miller Campus of Salt Lake Community College has a Culinary Institute and Miller Business Resource Center.
Enjoy a 3.5-mile section of the Jordan River Parkway with its parks, trails, fishing ponds, and beautiful natural habitat. Additionally, there is the Bingham Creek Trail, two fishing ponds in Riverfront Park, county fairgrounds, and 27 municipal parks and playgrounds that range from 0.39 acres in Bolton Park to 59 acres in Riverfront Park to 80 acres in City Park.
There are facilities for football, baseball, soccer, softball, volleyball, tennis, and horseshoe pits. There is an Aquatic and Fitness Center, two nine-hole executive golf courses, two miniature golf courses, an outdoor ice skating rink, picnic pavilions, and more.
The 120-acre Equestrian Park has a horse racing track, indoor arenas, a dressage and polo field, and stables. The Salt Lake County Fair is held there every August.