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Moving to West Valley City, UT? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

West Valley City is an established city situated 10 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, but did you know that it’s actually one of the newest in Utah?

It became a city in 1980 when four previously unincorporated areas grouped together. There are now over 135,000 people that live within its boundaries. Residents and visitors enjoy being close to the hustle and bustle of Salt Lake City while living far enough away to avoid the inconveniences of city living. Let’s talk about everything you need to know about moving to West Valley City.

Surrounding Communities
Weather
Dining
Shopping
Outdoor Recreation
Local Attractions
Nearby Features
Schools
Jobs
Cost of Living
Culture
Transportation

Surrounding Communities

West Valley City Utah Map

West Valley City is bordered by Salt Lake City to the north, south Salt Lake, Taylorsville, Murray, and Midvale to the east, and West Jordan to the south. If you’re considering living in the area, or if your job is in one of these cities, consider living at ICO Fairbourne Station in West Valley. It offers a location close to Salt Lake City and the rest of the valley.

Weather

Mountains

Residents of West Valley City experience the classic four seasons. Spring is warm and pleasant, with occasional thunderstorms that seem to come out of nowhere. 

Utah is known for its dry heat, and West Valley City is no exception. Summer temperatures are usually in the 80s and 90s, but especially hot days can creep into the 100s. As summer turns into fall, temperatures become pleasant during the day and cool at night.

Winter temperatures tend to stay in the 30s and 40s, but occasional cold snaps can plunge them significantly below freezing. West Valley City doesn’t receive as much snow as the surrounding mountains, but several feet can still fall each winter.

Check out the 10-day forecast to learn more about West Valley City weather.

Dining

Different kinds of food served at the table

Though most give attention to the famous restaurants of Salt Lake City, locals know that there’s great food right in West Valley City. The city is one of the more diverse in Utah (comparable to Salt Lake City) and is home to great restaurants serving a wide variety of food. The majority of the restaurants are found on the eastern and western edges of the city.

Here are some of our favorite local restaurants in West Valley City:

Fat Fish: The place to go place for inventive sushi and pho

Nepali Chulo: Elegant, flavorful Indian food

Jim’s: Classic and delicious diner food at a great price

Curry Pizza: An innovative fusion of Italian and Indian

Shopping

Hanging keychains

West Valley City is home to all major retail outlets and several large shopping centers and malls. It’s even home to several unique locations. Residents don’t have to go far to find exactly what they’re looking for. 

Here are some of the best places to shop in West Valley City:

Valley Fair Mall: Home to big retailers and small outlets

Salt Lake’s Indoor Swap Meet: Over 50 local vendors selling food and wares

Gardner Village: Big brands, small boutiques, and everything in between

Outdoor Recreation

Man playing golf

Golf courses, city parks, river trails, and more are all found in West Valley City. They make great places to play and relax or enjoy the great outdoors. Plenty of bike paths can also be found throughout the local parks and along the Jordan River.

Stonebridge Golf Club: North part of the city, lots of water features

The Ridge Golf Club: Sprawling golf course in the south part of the city

Jordan River Parkway Trail: A popular place for running and biking

West Valley City Park: A great place to play sports

Decker Lake Park: A popular location for RC boats and bird watching

Local Attractions

people watching an actual game

According to our local experts at ICO Fairbourne Station Apartments, here are some of the best local attractions in West Valley City!

Maverik Center: This venue hosts an eclectic mix of music, culture, comedy, and sports events. Acts such as Jeff Dunham, Judas Priest, and James Taylor are all slated to perform at the Maverik Center this year. The center also hosts the Utah Grizzlies, a minor league affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche. Check their events schedule to see upcoming performances and events.

friends hanging out at the car

Redwood Drive-in Theater: Beloved by locals and visitors alike, this theater shows the latest movies and even offers double features. That’s right, back-to-back blockbusters all summer long! There’s a small snack shop that sells movie theater staples at a great price. On weekends, the Redwood Drive-in hosts a vibrant swap meet with local musicians and vendors selling all sorts of different products. It’s another very popular West Valley activity.

people having fun at the night party

USANA Amphitheatre: This massively popular outdoor music venue has hosted performers such as Lindsay Sterling, Maroon 5, Pitbull, and the Backstreet Boys. Guests love the acoustics of the venue, the security, and the availability of concessions. If you’re going to be in the area during the summer, you have a great chance of seeing a top-tier musician live in concert.

Hand holding a snake

Scales and Tails Utah: Born from a Utah man’s love of reptiles, Scales and Tails offers an up-close and personal view of snakes, lizards, alligators, and all things reptiles. Scales and Tails offers reptile shows daily at its West Valley City location. Check out their website to learn more.

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Utah Cultural Celebration Center: This multipurpose West Valley venue hosts weddings, musicals, corporate events, and even the West Valley Art Show. And if you’re looking for volunteer opportunities, the Center can always use extra hands to help make its many community events a success. Make sure to take a look at the event calendar to see what’s coming up next!

Nearby Features

Road full of snow during winter

West Valley City is ideally located near everything that makes Utah such a great state! Just a few miles to the north lies Salt Lake City, home to the Jazz and places like Temple Square and the University of Utah. The mountains to the east are great for skiing and snowboarding during winter and are popular hiking destinations during the summer. Further east lies Park City and the Uinta mountains, both extremely popular places for outdoor recreation and fun.

South of West Valley City is UVU and BYU, in Orem and Provo, respectively. Traveling several hours south will lead to popular national parks like Zion National Park, Capitol Reef, and Bryce Canyon. Heading west will take you past the Great Salt Lake and into Nevada. 

Wherever you’re headed in Utah, West Valley City makes a great home base. You’ll get all the benefits of city living while still being close to the great outdoors and several great colleges.

Schools

Kids running at the school hallway

ICO Fairbourne Station is just blocks away from some of the best schools in West Valley City. Granger High School, Granger Elementary School, Pioneer Elementary, and Rolling Meadows are all within a short distance. This gives residents plenty of options for the education of their children. There’s even a medical school just a block to the west of our apartments!

Jobs

Employees planning together

West Valley City is a great place to be if you’re looking for work. It’s sandwiched between Salt Lake City and Lehi, which are both tech hubs and offer high-salary employment in technology, sales, and management. 

Looking for something closer to home? West Valley City is home to plenty of companies that are hiring as well. In addition, there are hundreds of open positions in the service industry. Amazon is also a large employer in the area.

Here are the latest open positions in West Valley City.

Cost of Living

Woman holding a bag of grocery

West Valley City residents enjoy a lower cost of living compared to almost anywhere else in Utah Valley. Home prices and rent tend to be a bit lower on average, and everything from groceries to health costs is comparable or lower than many parts of Utah. Our apartments are no exception — ICO Fairbourne Station offers luxury living at a competitive price.

Here’s more about the cost of living in West Valley City.

Culture

Woman giving stuff to senior

Utah is known for being a friendly state, and nowhere is this more true than in West Valley City. The city is more diverse than most of Utah, and residents enjoy the different cultures they can experience while living in West Valley City.

Art is also an important part of the culture of West Valley City. There are several local art shows each year and plenty of opportunities to take classes and share art.

Transportation

Train stop station

West Valley City is served by both the UTA Trax system—which provides stops in most major cities in Utah Valley—and several bus lines that operate within the city and transport residents to neighboring cities.

ICO Fairbourne Station is right next to the green TRAX line, which makes traveling up and down the valley extremely simple for residents. Check out the schedule for the green line to see how you could be taking advantage of this service.

Ready to move? You’ll love it in West Valley City!

There’s so much to do and see and so many friendly neighbors that can’t wait to meet you. If you’re looking for a place to stay, consider ICO Fairbourne Station Apartments. We offer luxury living at a competitive price. We work hard to make every resident feel like an important part of our ICO community! Call us at (385) 308-5116 for our latest availability.