Moving to West Valley is something that some people consider each year. We did some research and compiled some facts for this article to help you make a decision.
How big is West Valley?
This small-medium size city is near Salt Lake City and has a population of about 129,000. Approximately two-thirds of the population is White, and the rest is Hispanic or other races.
How much is housing?
The median home price in West Valley is about $230,000 and the average rent is around $992. You might be able to find a condo for far less than the median house price though.
There are also some small apartments — like studios — that run less than $900. If you are open to a shared living situation, you could probably find a room in a place for $400-500. Moving to West Valley might be a good idea if you are looking for cheaper housing, less congestion, less air pollution or less noise pollution.
How are the schools?
According to Great Schools, the public schools in West Valley are rated below average.
For adults, there are a number of institutions with 10 miles:
ITT Technical Institute-Murray
Broadview Entertainment Arts University
Eagle Gate College-Murray
University of Phoenix-Utah Campus
Eagle Gate College — SLC
Fortis College — SLC
University of Utah.
This list is not complete, within 40 miles of West Valley, there are much more.
What about jobs?
Some of the top employers are:
Central Refrigerated Service
Zions Bank Data
InterContinental Hotels Group
MediaOne Real Estate
United Parcel Service
USANA Health Sciences
How is the food?
West Valley has quite a number of restaurants and perhaps a wider range of cuisine than you might expect to experience in Utah. Here are some of the top-rated ones:
Doner Kebab Express
Tonkotsu Ramen Bar
Bucket O’ Crawfish
Mo Bettah Stakes
Shish Kabab House
Metro Deli and BBQ
Pho Saigon Noodle House
Little Polynesia Market & Hot
Walmart Neighborhood Market
Are there parks?
For a small city, West Valley has many parks, here are just some of them:
Terrace Ridge Park
Bridle Farms Park
Country Meadows Park
Fox Tail Park
Hunter Ridge Park
Hunter Village Park
Sugar Plum Park
Moving to West Valley is not likely to be disappointing from the perspective of parks and having a sense of open space.
Is there access to nature?
The Salt Lake City area has many outdoor settings to enjoy, and undeveloped land is within easy driving distance:
Jordanelle State Park
Great Salt Lake State Marina
Jordan River OHV Center.
Many places in southern Utah like Capitol Reef Park Canyonlands National Park, Grandstaircase-Escalante National Monument, Goblin Valley Park, and Moab are not too far away.
How is the transportation?
West Valley has its own train station which is on the Green Line, so you can get to the Salt Lake City International Airport easily. Having a train station in West Valley is a major advantage, because of the convenience and the potential savings compared to driving and parking.
West Valley also has plenty of local buses running and if you have a vehicle there is easy access to highways and a freeway. If you are moving to West Valley, you probably will enjoy having a local train station.
How is the weather?
West Valley gets about 50 inches of snow each year, and 16 inches of rain. The snowfall is related to the elevation which is over 4,000 feet. January temperatures can drop to 20 and in July peak in the low 90s. Salt Lake City sometimes has very bad smog, but West Valley is a little separate from the main metro area, so the air pollution may be less severe there.
Are there places of worship?
There are some, but not as many as in Salt Lake:
Granger Community Church
The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints
First Baptist Church of West Valley City
Sonrise Baptist Church
Khai Turong Temple is in West Valley and there are other Buddhist organizations in the surrounding area like Wat Lao Salt Lake Buddharam and Chua Lien Hoa.
Is there entertainment?
West Valley has a cineplex with a handful of theaters if you like movies.
For live shows, there is USANA Amphitheatre which has about 20,000 seats. Major acts perform there and the venue is known for its mountain views.
The Hale Center Theatre stages live plays on a regular basis and has been doing so for many years.
How is the shopping?
West Valley has the kind of shopping you might expect in a suburban environment:
Valley Fair Mall Megaplex Theater
Kid to Kid.
Things to Do
The Utah Cultural Celebration Center is a place which presents aspects of the various cultures in the Salt Lake area.
Delton Bowling Lanes is in West Valley and there is a Top Golf in Midvale.
As noted above, West Valley has many restaurants and quite a few parks. For a small city, this municipality has more to offer than some other places, so moving to West Valley might be acceptable to quite a few people.
Is there storage?
Yes, we have storage units available in West Valley. Just contact us and we can answer your storage questions.
So, after reading this article are you still interested in moving to West Valley?
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