Draper, Utah

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Draper Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Draper?

  • Pretty houses, landscaping, and close to the mountain! (Ginny, 2 months)
  • Location…close to the freeway and many shops. (Kim, 2.5 years)
  • Proximity to all things. (Tebbanie, 2.5 years)
  • Close to lots of things in SL and UT county, it’s still semi-rural in places. (Sara, 6 years)
  • Everything is so close and right there. (Chrystl, 7 years)
  • Proximity to the mountains. (DB, 8 years)
  • The nature and people. (Hiromi, 8 years)
  • Used to be the rural feel. (Kari, 17 years)
  • Safety. I can leave stuff in my front yard for days and it doesn’t get stolen. (C, 23 years)

Draper Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in Draper?

  • My cute basement apartment is always cold and I can’t turn the heat up. Only upstairs people can. (Ginny, 2 months)
  • Distance from ward building. (Kim, 2.5 years)
  • Traffic infrastructure isn’t keeping up with growth. (Sara, 6 years)
  • Driving distance to church. (Chrystl, 7 years)
  • Affluent people. (DB, 8 years)
  • High-density housing, the Draper Utah mayor, road plans. (Hiromi, 8 years)
  • Traffic and overdevelopment. (Kari, 17 years)
  • Mormons. (C, 23 years)

Draper Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Draper?

  • Don’t know yet. I hear there’s good hiking? (Ginny, 2 months)
  • Community events, dining. (Kim, 2.5 years)
  • The Tree of Life, Corner Canyon, walking trails. (Tebbanie, 2.5 years)
  • Go to parks, lots of places to eat. (Sara, 6 years)
  • Eat, shop, entertainment. (Chrystl, 7 years)
  • Hiking, parks, aquarium, airborne. (DB, 8 years)
  • Shopping, eating out, hiking, picture taking. (Hiromi, 8 years)
  • Used to be to ride on trails. (Kari, 17 years)
  • Whisper dome, local theater, well kept parks and trails, shopping that’s not crowded. (C, 23 years)

Draper’s Reputation

What’s Draper known for?

  • Rich people. (Ginny, 2 months)
  • High real estate value. (Kim, 2.5 years)
  • Rich people. (Tebbanie, 2.5 years)
  • Draper used to be known for cows, but there aren’t many of those anymore. Now I suppose it’s known for IKEA and the crappy roundabout intersection at 123rd and the freeway. (Sara, 6 years)
  • Great neighborhoods. (Chrystl, 7 years)
  • Not sure. (DB, 8 years)
  • Biking, hiking, tracking, paragliding, BMWs. (Hiromi, 8 years)
  • Traffic. (Kari, 17 years)
  • Probably corner canyon and the temple. (C, 23 years)

Draper Crime

What’s the crime like in Draper?

  • No idea. (Ginny, 2 months)
  • I have never had an issue. (Kim, 2.5 years)
  • In my area – feels safe with limited police activity. (Tebbanie, 2.5 years)
  • The shopping areas are a hot spot for property theft, but we also have a drug problem, just like the rest of the valley. Traffic accidents are common, too. I’d say theft and burglaries are probably the most common, and residential burglaries are fairly prevalent in the wealthy neighborhoods around Traverse Ridge and Suncrest. (Sara, 6 years)
  • I feel safe. (Chrystl, 7 years)
  • Depends…same as most places. (DB, 8 years)
  • In the past 3-4 years, there were so many burglaries in the Suncrest area. (Hiromi, 8 years)
  • Suburban garage thefts. (Kari, 17 years)
  • Not high. Occasionally car theft. I’m not sure where. I live by Just Diego and it’s fine. (C, 23 years)

Draper Advice

Any advice for people moving to Draper?

  • Stay away from the 12300 S I-15 junction east of freeway. (Kim, 2.5 years)
  • Live/buy a house facing anything but north! (Tebbanie, 2.5 years)
  • Don’t. It’s getting really crowded and housing is really expensive. (Sara, 6 years)
  • Come, it has all necessities. (Chrystl, 7 years)
  • Find a nice area. (DB, 8 years)
  • Lock your doors, and install security systems and cameras. (Hiromi, 8 years)
  • Not really. (Kari, 17 years)
  • Don’t have too many obnoxious kids, or drive a loud motorcycle. (C, 23 years)

Draper Stories

Share an experience you’ve had in Draper (fun, crazy, dangerous, etc.).

  • People ride horses here! There are horse crossings!! Never seen that before. I am poor and don’t have any, but it’s fun to be around. (Ginny, 2 months)
  • Free outdoor concerts. (Kim, 2.5 years)
  • Everything’s fun and memorable. (Chrystl, 7 years)
  • Hiking to the bear canyon suspension bridge. (DB, 8 years)
  • It used to be fun to go to Amelia’s. (Kari, 17 years)
  • The Draper Days parade is fun as a kid to get candy. And I’ve taken lots of girls to the whisper dome. (C, 23 years)

Draper’s Future

How do you think Draper will change over the next 10 years?

  • Hope I have moved on by then. (Kim, 2.5 years)
  • Traffic patterns will confuse to see modifications. (Tebbanie, 2.5 years)
  • It will just continue building out until there’s nowhere left to go. After the prison moves, I assume there will be an explosion of growth in that area. I’m hopeful our city reps will be smart about building walkable neighborhoods and more environmentally-friendly spaces there, but we’ll see. (Sara, 6 years)
  • Just get better. (Chrystl, 7 years)
  • It will grow and so will the crime. (DB, 8 years)
  • They will build more high-density housing, it gets too crowded, and I won’t like it. (Hiromi, 8 years)
  • More development. (Kari, 17 years)
  • More people. More crime, due to the train. (C, 23 years)

Draper Facts

Any other interesting facts about Draper?

  • We’re #1. (Kim, 2.5 years)
  • It’s beautiful! (DB, 8 years)
  • Used to be be rural and not built on mountaintops. (Kari, 17 years)
  • We really like trees. (C, 23 years)