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City of South Jordan ED
Contact: Brian Preece
1600 West Town Center Drive
South Jordan, UT 84095
Phone: (801)-254-3742





South Jordan City is pleased to offer its resources and technical expertise in guiding your site selection process. In addition to the Economic Development Staff, City Planners and Engineers are available to help with your technical needs to help you quickly identify the advantages of locating your business in South Jordan City. Once you see these advantages, City Staff will handle your development application in a fast, friendly and flexible manner that will suit your specific needs.

South Jordan City has a unique, expedited development approval process that is efficient and fair. City Staff members and City Codes have the flexibility to meet your needs. The City's high standards of building quality and design will ensure the sustained value of your project and of those around it.

We pledge that this will be your best experience in working with a City. Put us to the test and let us prove our claim and see how truly amazing our development staff is.

South Jordan City Demographics

Population Growth

South Jordan city is still one of the fastest growing cities in the State of Utah. Since 1960 The population has grown from 1,345 to 53,586 (March 1, 2009). South Jordan had the 2nd highest annual average growth rate from 1990 to 1999 in the State of Utah with 9.4%. South Jordan is one of the largest cities in the State of Utah and has been since 2000.

Residential growth will continue for the next 20 to 25 years until the City reaches its ultimate population projection (85,000 - 90,000). The growth is fueled by the availability of land, a community lifestyle based on open space, large lots, a rural atmosphere, and a general population increase in the Salt Lake Valley. Kennecott Land Development (4,100 Acres) has begun to be developed with new residential neighborhoods, the City population could rise an additional 25,000 to 30,000 residents by 2010.


South Jordan's population is highly educated. According to the 2000 US Census, 95.8% of the City's population, 25 years and older, has a high school diploma or some college experience. Of the 95.8%, 30.9% have bachelor's degrees or higher. According to the Census only 3.7% of the population 25 years and older attended high school, but did not receive a high school diploma.

South Jordan City History

South Jordan was settled in 1859 by Alexander and Catherine Lince Beckstead. Like many of the first settlers in the Salt Lake Valley, their first home was a cave dug out of the river bank. These first homes were "a good sized room" (14 ft. sq.) dug into the hill, with large sun-dried adobe bricks on the front wall. Large logs covered with plants, willows, and mud and dirt formed the roof.

With picks and shovels, the Beckstead family dug and built the Beckstead Ditch, which still exists today from 12600 South to 10600 South. The ditch diverted water from the Jordan River to irrigate crops as early as June of 1859. Later, the ditch was also used as a mill race for the White Faun Flour Mill, the first mill in South Jordan, built by Robert in 1895. In 1902 the mill burned down but was later rebuilt. Flour mills were very important when people grew their own food. Farmers would take their wheat, oats and barley to the mill and trade for sacks of flour, cracked cereal for breakfast mush, and "bran & shorts" to feed the animals. Water from the Beckstead ditch powered the mill until electricity was discovered and became a more convenient source of power.

South Jordan was primarily a rural farming community when it became incorporated as a town in 1935. In 1960, the population was 1,354, and by 1970 the population had more than doubled to 2,942. Housing gradually started to replace farmland as the population once again more than doubled by 1980 to 7,492 and nearly doubled by 1990 to 13,106. South Jordan's exponential growth since the early 1970s has brought all the challenges and opportunities of growth. The current population is estimated to be 53,586.

Today, 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 mushroomed, South Jordan is committed to preserving its natural beauty. Along the banks of the Jordan River, South Jordan City is cooperating with other government, non-profit and private groups to set aside a significant area for the South Jordan Riverway Wildlife Enhancement project .


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