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Travel, Job Growth and Low Cost of Living In Utah

Updated on June 16, 2015

South Jordan Sunset

Sunset at South Jordan, Utah.
Sunset at South Jordan, Utah. | Source

Surprising Power and Achievement

Two cities in Utah were awarded recognition on CNNMoney's Top 100 Cities as of 2010 and these cities are still favorites for many reasons. They did not aim to make the list, but planned for several years and on into 2030 to develop as much land as is available to them into top flight residential, business, educational, retail, transport, and greenspace areas.

These places have done this with an impressive display of aggressive positive action that is jaw-dropping. Together, they are a creative hurricane in the desert.

Named after Utah’s Jordan River, South Jordan is planning to support a population of 90,000 people by 2030. It is already a large suburb of Salt Lake City, about 18 miles to the northeast.

On South Jordan's northern border, West Jordan plans to increase its population, though not as quickly as South Jordan.

South Jordan and West Jordan

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Location of Favorite Cities in Utah

Both suburbs lie in the Salt Lake Valley with the Jordan River flowing down the center and a large Mountain Range on either side (see map below). South Jordan’s plans for future growth are more than big. Construction of a master-planned Daybreak Community covers whole western half of the city and will double population.

South Jordan is already the first city in the world to have two LDS temples: Jordan River Utah Temple and Oquirrh (like ochre) Mountain Utah Temple.

At the same time, Jordan Landing in West Jordan already houses a large number of residents and provides a 2,000,000 square foot shopping center and entertainment complex.

The population of South Jordon climbed steadily from 1995 to 2010, hitting 56,206 in 2010, according to city records. A major jump occurred from 2005 – 2006 and South Jordan is still one of the fastest growing cities in Utah. Today, it is second in size among them, with a median population age of only 28.6 years – a young city whose residents plan to stay through retirement. West Jordan is the 4th largest city in the state, with a median population age younger at 28 years.

However, there is plenty of room to grow in this landscape. Residential growth is expected to climb until South Jordan reaches an optimal population projected at 90,000 and West Jordan is already at 104,000+.

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Wasatch Front, Wasatch Mountains.Jordan River Utah TempleOquirrh Mountain TempleSalt Lake Community College in West Jordan. This satellite campus is expanding into a large main campus, taking over from the smaller one in Salt Lake City.
Wasatch Front, Wasatch Mountains.
Wasatch Front, Wasatch Mountains. | Source
Jordan River Utah Temple
Jordan River Utah Temple | Source
Oquirrh Mountain Temple
Oquirrh Mountain Temple | Source
Salt Lake Community College in West Jordan. This satellite campus is expanding into a large main campus, taking over from the smaller one in Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake Community College in West Jordan. This satellite campus is expanding into a large main campus, taking over from the smaller one in Salt Lake City.

State Parks and Greenspaces

West and South Jordan offer dozens of well developed city parks, green spaces, golf courses, ski areas, fishing areas, and birding spots for recreation and outdoor activities of all kinds. In addition, Antelope Island State Park is the largest of several islands in the Great Salt Lake, not far from West Jordan.

Antelope Island is renowned for its large bison herd descended from stock of thousands of years ago, as well as pronghorn antelope (hence, the island name), mule dear, bobcats, badgers, coyotes, porcupines, jackrabbits, and others. Bird Life? Antelope Island is home to curlews, burrowing owls, chuckars, raptors, grebes, Wilson's phalaropes, and inland gulls. Native grasses make a beautiful landscape and in October each year, the bison are rounded up for health checkups (after a rest) and the public is invited for the Bison Roundup. It's amazing!

The northernmost end of the island becomes Great Salt Lake State Park and Marina.

Best Cities in Utah for Tourism and Jobs

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  • Farmington Bay Waterfowl Area
  • Great Salt Lake State Marina

    As the focal point for this master-planned community, Foursquare Properties developed Jordan Landing Shopping Center. With nearly 2,000,000 square feet of shopping and dining, including an array of apparel, restaurant, entertainment, electronic, disc

  • Parrish Place Bed and Breakfast, on the US National Historic Register: 720 Ashton Avenue, Salt Lake City, UT 84106. Call 888-832-0869.

The Historic Parrish Place Bed and Breakfast located in Salt Lake City, Utah, offers charm an elegance in a unique setting. Not just for Honeymoons and Anniversaries, the Parrish Place is also loved by business travelers that need the personal servic

Career Jobs: Sales, Service, Business, Finance, Transportation

The job market in the suburbs of Salt Lake City rivals that of the suburbs of Minneapolis in the types and numbers of jobs offered and those projected for the future, as well as in the number hiring employers and industries needing workers.

South and West Jordan enjoy access to ocer 30,000 jobs during June 2015, far increased from the 17,200 job openings of September 2010. Business and population continues to grow.

The South Jordan area was largely agricultural even into the late 1980s (especially in sugar beet cultivation and sugar processing), but became more residential, white-collar/business services, and sales- and services-oriented from 1990 - 2020.

West Jordan was traditionally supported by the lumber and sawmill/grain milling industries, along with the mining that still operates today. Both suburbs have become more oriented toward retail (including that related to Travel and Tourism), business services, and personal services since 2000, although Healthcare and IT positions are also increasing. The number of preschools and related staff positions are increasing as the number of young families in the area rises.

Numbers of job listings have increased significantly, especially throughout 2010 and 2014 - 2015. ARRA Stimulus and other public and private funding for Infrastructure improvements and expansions, Water Systems, Residential Planning, and Transportation were successful. New Rapid Rail lines and train stops, and highway improvements will make travel faster among Salt Lake City and its suburbs even more efficient.

Advertised Jobs How Giant Increase In Utah


Top Hiring Employers

  1. Intermountain Healthcare
  2. Solera Networks Inc.
  3. University of Utah
  4. Coventry Health Care
  5. ADP – Automatic Data Processing
  6. University of Utah Health Care
  7. Utah Valley University
  8. Vail Resorts
  9. Vivant Home Automation Services - Served 80,000+ customers in 2014
  10. Advantage Sales and Marketing

Top 10 Hot Jobs

  1. Software Engineers and Network Administrators
  2. Managers and Assistant Managers
  3. Outside Sales Representatives
  4. Sales Account Executives
  5. RN Registered Nurses
  6. Project Managers in IT
  7. Truck Drivers
  8. Education Jobs
  9. Occupational and Physical Therapists
  10. Financial Analysts


Jordan Landing Mall

A section of Jordan Landing with the local moutains in the background.
A section of Jordan Landing with the local moutains in the background.

Major Employers: Largest Employee Pools and Revenues

In alphabetical order

  • Cyprus Credit Union
  • Intermountain healthcare - Largest employer overall in the State of Utah
  • Jordan Landing Mall
  • Jordan School District
  • Jordan Valley Hospital
  • Lynco Sales & Service
  • Mountain America Credit Union
  • Salt Lake Community College – Satellite to become main campus in 2020.
  • SME Steel
  • University of Utah - Second Largest in the state

Higher Education in the Suburbs

In addition to the expansion of higher education, South and West Jordan both offer excellent school systems. Further, preschools with high standards are increasing in numbers, with well-trained and vetted staff.

© 2010 Patty Inglish


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Jane@CM - Thanks! I attempt to participate in all the special projects, as much as I'm able. Utah around Salt Lake City is growing so fast, it's like mad scientist or very savvy business person is at the controls. It's exciting!

      Hello, hell - Always glad to see you! I'm happy when I can find these spots of jobs available. Hope people can get to them. Cheers!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      A really inspiring hub regarding jobs and about a beautiful country. Thank you.

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      Jane@CM 7 years ago

      I did not realize you were part of the 60dc2, I apologize, I've been trying to keep up with all the team members hubs.

      You have such nice layouts, with maps & graphs. I'm always impressed after reading one of your hubs. Utah sounds like a fine place to be.