January 13, 2018

Layton, Utah

Life in Layton, Utah, explained by people who’ve lived in Layton:



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Layton Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Layton?

  • How safe it feels. (Katrina, 3 months)
  • There are a lot of easily accessible stores and restaurants nearby. (Camilla, 4 months)
  • The mountains and trails. (Annette, 7 months)
  • Community. (Meaghen, 1 year)
  • Utopia internet. (Taylor, 1 year)
  • Close to work. (Ray, 3 years)
  • Close to Sam’s club, Target, Wal-Mart, the mall, easy access to the freeway. (Anonymous, 5 years)
  • It’s just beautiful. (Mandy, 5 years)
  • Good community, great location to activities. (Jon, 5.5 years)
  • Small town feel but close to the city. (Laura, 6 years)
  • I live in a quiet area thanks to the brotherhood and sisterhood of the LPD. (Miner, 9 years)
  • It has a little bit of everything! (Catherine, 11 years)
  • People. (Rosa, 11 years)
  • The small town feel. (Echo, 12 years)
  • It was a small town. (Lisa, 16 years)
  • Convenient shopping. (Saira, 18 years)
  • The feeling of living in a small town though it isn’t anymore. (Jane, 20 years)
  • My childhood experiences. (Ted, 20 years, but it was in the 1950s and 1960s)
  • Easy freeway access. (Carolyn, 22 years)
  • Being with family. (Susan, 23 years)
  • Friends. (Derek, 25 years)
  • The Amphitheater and all the great artists that come to play there. (Kathy, 27 years)
  • Good neighborhood and close to everything. (Carol, 28 years)
  • Close to friends and family. (Teressa, 28 years)
  • Everything is close so hardly need to leave town. (Lisa, 30 years)
  • The park, the mountains, the location. (Randy, 30 years)
  • Family. (Tony, 30 years)
  • The mountains, and, well, the other things are gone. (Lynn, 40 years)
  • Convenience. (Susan, 40 years)
  • Everything. (Judy, 45 years)
  • Safe city. (Ron, 47 years)
  • I like the convenience of having stores, restaurants, movie theaters, doctors and hospitals so close. (Pat, 54 years)
  • Everything is close. (Sheri, 58 years)
  • Memories. (Anonymous, 62 years)
  • Close to Salt Lake City and Ogden without actually living there. (Robyn, 62 years)
  • Shopping. (Amy, unknown years)
  • Knowing the History of Layton, Hiking and Biking. (Bart, unknown years)
  • My family. (Susan, unknown years)

Layton Least Favorites

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

  • All the U-turns when it’s much easier to just turn left. (Katrina, 3 months)
  • The traffic. (Camilla, 4 months)
  • The smog. No vibrant downtown. (Annette, 7 months)
  • Traffic, low walkability. (Meaghen, 1 year)
  • Being so far away from everything. (Taylor, 1 year)
  • The traffic system. (Ray, 3 years)
  • Lots of traffic. (Anonymous, 5 years)
  • Traffic. (Mandy, 5 years)
  • Traffic on I-15. (Jon, 5.5 years)
  • My husband’s commute. (Laura, 6 years)
  • Speeding, excessive materials in driveways, parking on and over the sidewalks. Clean up your properties. It effects everyone! (Miner, 9 years)
  • Traffic. (Catherine, 11 years)
  • No jobs. (Rosa, 11 years)
  • How busy it’s gotten. (Echo, 12 years)
  • Nothing. (Lisa, 16 years)
  • How much almost all of the city leaders are SO anti-animals. AND the biased targeting of code enforcement. (Saira, 18 years)
  • The police dept. (Jane, 20 years)
  • I can’t think of anything. (Ted, 20 years)
  • Traffic. (Carolyn, 22 years)
  • The air quality in the winter. (Susan, 23 years)
  • Got too crowded. (Derek, 25 years)
  • The crazy turns around near the mall. (Kathy, 27 years)
  • Lack of parks and poor road system- poor planning. (Carol, 28 years)
  • It’s getting too crowded. (Teressa, 28 years)
  • The traffic on Gentile and by the mall. (Lisa, 30 years)
  • The traffic. (Randy, 30 years)
  • Traffic. (Tony, 30 years)
  • Overpopulation, overcrowding, traffic. (Lynn, 40 years)
  • Too many people. (Susan, 40 years)
  • Everything, traffic. (Judy, 45 years)
  • Traffic. (Ron, 47 years)
  • The traffic and horrible roundabouts. (Karen, 50 years)
  • I feel the city is failing us by building so many apartments throughout the city. Layton used to be a more desirable community until we started seeing apartments on every corner, crowding the streets with so much more traffic and filling the schools quicker than the schools can expand. They need to call a temporary halt to apartments and concentrate on single family dwellings. Let other cities take on their fair share of apartments and not try to fill every empty lot with multi-family dwellings. (Pat, 54 years)
  • Too much traffic. (Sheri, 58 years)
  • Not standing up for the farming, but driving them out. (Anonymous, 62 years)
  • Getting too crowded. (Robyn, 62 years)
  • Traffic. (Amy, unknown years)
  • Losing all the good land to homes. (Bart, unknown years)
  • No idea. (Susan, unknown years)

Layton Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Layton?

  • Go to the aquarium and the mall. (Katrina, 3 months)
  • Go to the mall, go out to eat, go to the movies and more. (Camilla, 4 months)
  • Hike on the BST from Fernwood. (Annette, 7 months)
  • Bowling, trampoline park, movies. (Meaghen, 1 year)
  • The library and park. (Taylor, 1 year)
  • Adam’s Canyon. (Ray, 3 years)
  • Play at the park near our home, the aquarium in the mall. (Anonymous, 5 years)
  • The big duck park, playground, the kids loved to feed the ducks. (Mandy, 5 years)
  • Movies, eat out, go to parks. (Jon, 5.5 years)
  • Hike, play at parks. (Laura, 6 years)
  • Christmas, swimming, knowing the neighborhood. (Miner, 9 years)
  • Go to restaurants, shopping. (Catherine, 11 years)
  • Mall. (Rosa, 11 years)
  • Movies, go to the park. (Echo, 12 years)
  • There’s nothing fun per say in Layton, besides the Escape room. (Saira, 18 years)
  • Duck Park ,Movie theaters galore , LHM,Layton High productions. (Jane, 20 years)
  • Layton’s famous parks. (Ted, 20 years)
  • Hiking, surf and swim, good parks. (Carolyn, 22 years)
  • Hiking, walking, shopping. (Susan, 23 years)
  • I’m not sure anymore. (Derek, 25 years)
  • Going to the great concerts at the amphitheater in the summer. (Kathy, 27 years)
  • Mall, surf and swim. (Carol, 28 years)
  • Shopping, eating, movies, trampoline park, hiking, biking, concerts in the park. (Teressa, 28 years)
  • ANYTHING you want to do. (Lisa, 30 years)
  • Adams canyon, the mall, the movies. (Randy, 30 years)
  • Movies, play pool at bars. (Tony, 30 years)
  • Grandkids’ soccer games, and looking at the mountains – Layton has some good restaurants, but needs a nice quiet low key bar to go have a glass of wine, or drink and visit with friends. (Lynn, 40 years)
  • Golfing, bowling, amphitheater, the nice park. (Susan, 40 years)
  • Surf and swim, parks. (Judy, 45 years)
  • Not a lot for seniors, at least things I like. (Ron, 47 years)
  • Movies and restaurants. (Karen, 50 years)
  • We enjoy the movies and going out to dinner or lunch. (Pat, 54 years)
  • Movies and dining out. (Sheri, 58 years)
  • Swimming and roller skating. (Robyn, 62 years)
  • Hiking, classic fun center, eating out. (Amy, unknown years)
  • Hiking, biking, walking, enjoying nature. (Bart, unknown years)
  • Visit my brother and feeling at home. (Susan, unknown years)

Layton’s Reputation

What’s Layton known for?

  • Hill Field Air force base. (Katrina, 3 months)
  • Nice houses and Buffalo Wild Wings. (Camilla, 4 months)
  • The waterfalls. (Annette, 7 months)
  • Air force base. (Meaghen, 1 year)
  • Stupid pronunciation. (Taylor, 1 year)
  • Hill AFB. (Ray, 3 years)
  • Hill Air Force base.  (Mandy, 5 years)
  • Good people. (Jon, 5.5 years)
  • Hill Air Force base. (Laura, 6 years)
  • History of low crime. (Miner, 9 years)
  • Friendly faces! (Catherine, 11 years)
  • Base. (Rosa, 11 years)
  • Hill Air Force base. (Lisa, 16 years)
  • Snobs. (Saira, 18 years)
  • Being pulled over. (Jane, 20 years)
  • Hill Air Force Base. (Ted, 20 years)
  • Shopping. (Carolyn, 22 years)
  • The spelling and pronunciation. (Susan, 23 years)
  • Restaurants. (Derek, 25 years)
  • I don’t know. (Kathy, 27 years)
  • Surf n Swim. (Teressa, 28 years)
  • Variety and quality of restaurants. (Lisa, 30 years)
  • The mall. Location. (Randy, 30 years)
  • Restaurants. (Tony, 30 years)
  • Pioneer spirit – a mall – over crowding. (Lynn, 40 years)
  • Used to be farms. (Susan, 40 years)
  • Friendly. (Judy, 45 years)
  • Nice place to call home. (Ron, 47 years)
  • Pioneer heritage, HAFB. (Karen, 50 years)
  • Right now the most outstanding thing about Layton is all the apartments being built compared to houses. Layton is known for its mall and other shopping, its wave pool, our university campus and very well known for its wonderful Christmas display in the park. The 4th of July parade and booths in the park are great as well as our outstanding fireworks display to end the day. We also are home to the South Gate of HAFB. (Pat, 54 years)
  • HAFB. (Sheri, 58 years)
  • It used to be the friendliness and the hospitality of its people. (Anonymous, 62 years)
  • Parks. (Amy, unknown years)
  • Not sure, it’s not like it used to be. There are still some old landmarks still around, and still some of the old people that are still living. (Bart, unknown years)
  • Hill AFB. (Susan, unknown years)

Layton Crime

What’s the crime like in Layton? (hot spot areas, etc.)

  • There has been some burglar activity near Hill Field and antelope dr. that I’ve heard of. (Katrina, 3 months)
  • I mean I haven’t been mugged yet, so I feel like it’s fine. (Camilla, 4 months)
  • Seems quiet. (Annette, 7 months)
  • Mild. (Meaghen, 1 year)
  • Cops who drug themselves and blame the subway. (Taylor, 1 year)
  • Minimal. (Ray, 3 years)
  • There’s been a lot of car break-ins in my neighborhood. (Anonymous, 5 years)
  • Over by the mall is drug infested, crime and sex offenders. (Mandy, 5 years)
  • Low. (Jon, 5.5 years)
  • Low in my neighborhood. (Miner, 9 years)
  • I don’t really see that much crime. East Layton would probably have the least amount of crime. (Catherine, 11 years)
  • Not sure. (Lisa, 16 years)
  • Lower than average. (Saira, 18 years)
  • Camelot and Stonehedge Apts. (Jane, 20 years)
  • No worse than anywhere else in Utah of like size. (Ted, 20 years)
  • No more than where I live now. (Carolyn, 22 years)
  • No idea. I haven’t lived in Utah for 26 years. (Susan, 23 years)
  • It used to- didn’t have any, not sure now. (Derek, 25 years)
  • So far my area is not bad at all. (Kathy, 27 years)
  • It has its problems but not bad – low income apt area on Fairfield is bad. (Carol, 28 years)
  • The closer you are to the mall the higher the crime. (Teressa, 28 years)
  • The apartments by Gentile and Fairfield, apartments across from Shopko, the area south of Tanner. (Lisa, 30 years)
  • Burglary is bad in some areas. (Randy, 30 years)
  • The NE area is getting worse. (Tony, 30 years)
  • Same as any other city of comparable size. (Lynn, 40 years)
  • Not as bad as you’d think for so many people and diversity. (Susan, 40 years)
  • Some. (Judy, 45 years)
  • Been really good but lately it’s going downhill fast, have had more murders and other crimes in the last 5 years than the prior 40 years. (Ron, 47 years)
  • Low. (Karen, 50 years)
  • I think we are relatively crime free for a good sized city. I’m sure we don’t hear everything that goes on, but it seems like a safe city in general. I have heard of some crime at Layton Meadows and recently, at Stonehenge, but that’s all. (Pat, 54 years)
  • Getting worse, low income apartments. (Sheri, 58 years)
  • Gets worse day by day. (Anonymous, 62 years)
  • Not too bad yet. Camelot use to be bad. (Robyn, 62 years)
  • We do have some problems, but it’s not bad. (Bart, unknown years)

Layton Advice

Any advice for people moving to Layton?

  • Learn your way around the roads before moving here or else you could end up on the freeway or something completely on accident. (Camilla, 4 months)
  • Live on the East side, if you like hiking. (Annette, 7 months)
  • Be ready for traffic. (Meaghen, 1 year)
  • Don’t leave stuff in your cars, and make sure to keep your cars and doors locked. (Anonymous, 5 years)
  • Do your homework and find the good places. (Mandy, 5 years)
  • It’s a great place. (Jon, 5.5 years)
  • Take time to drive around and see what shops and resources are available. (Laura, 6 years)
  • Do your homework. (Miner, 9 years)
  • Hope you like hills! (Catherine, 11 years)
  • I don’t know. (Lisa, 16 years)
  • Avoid, if possible. (Saira, 18 years)
  • People are nice, if you aren’t white get used to being pulled over. (Jane, 20 years)
  • Move to an area that you can avoid driving around the mall or Walmart area unless you’re going to a store in this area. (Carolyn, 22 years)
  • You’ll love waking up and seeing those beautiful mountains. (Susan, 23 years)
  • Be open minded. (Derek, 25 years)
  • Enjoy. (Kathy, 27 years)
  • It’s very friendly. (Carol, 28 years)
  • There’s a lot of fun things to do for all personality types. (Teressa, 28 years)
  • Vote! The council can go off the rails. (Randy, 30 years)
  • Don’t – too crowded already – go away. (Lynn, 40 years)
  • Be respectful of others and learn how to drive. (Susan, 40 years)
  • You will like it. (Judy, 45 years)
  • This is a good town. (Pat, 54 years)
  • Stay away from the mall during the holidays. It’s crazy over there. (Robyn, 62 years)
  • Plan on stupid roads planning and a ton of traffic. (Amy, unknown years)

Layton Stories

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

  • We celebrated my 25th birthday at the aquarium in the mall, and loved having tons of birds fly all over us. The whole experience there was great. Also, taking our son around the mall on Halloween. It’s nice to have a place that gives out candy to our 2-year old where you don’t have to walk around so much, and still gives the experience of Halloween! (Katrina, 3 months)
  • My debate team went to Buffalo Wild Wings after tournaments all the time—it’s a very nice place. (Camilla, 4 months)
  • Running with the Layton hub when I was thinking of moving here at 6 am on the high school track, just to make friends and I did. (Annette, 7 months)
  • Hiking Adam’s Canyon. (Ray, 3 years)
  • The park when my kids were little is the favorite. (Mandy, 5 years)
  • Freedom to walk in my area. (Miner, 9 years)
  • I see deer on my way to work almost every morning near Layton High School! (Catherine, 11 years)
  • The best memory I have is going to the 4th of July celebrations. (Echo, 12 years)
  • Walking to Layton Drug and Kings which is no longer there. (Lisa, 16 years)
  • Picking tomatoes at Days Farms. (Ted, 20 years)
  • Layton City family activities were always fun when I lived in Layton. (Carolyn, 22 years)
  • When the mall was built, I was in it high and my parents gave me permission to skip school to go hang out at the mall. (Susan, 23 years)
  • Being teenagers having fun in the summer of a town of 15,000 and chasing girls. (Derek, 25 years)
  • Going to the amphitheater and seeing Huey Lewis, Idena Menzel, and many more. Enjoying the warm evenings and the company of friends. (Kathy, 27 years)
  • Lots of fun playing at the Layton park. We got in trouble once for playing in the river at the park. (Teressa, 28 years)
  • Great fun as a child. Quieter town then. (Randy, 30 years)
  • I met my wife of 25 years here. (Tony, 30 years)
  • The Layton museum inside the amphitheater is cool and so are the Christmas lights in the park. (Susan, 40 years)
  • My kids all grew up here and went to the local schools. Some of them still come back for activities, such as July 4th activities and we all still meet in the park that night in a certain place to watch the fireworks. Years ago my husband and I would meet after work at the movies then go to dinner. We still do that, but now that we’re retired we go during the day. (Pat, 54 years)
  • All fields as far as you could see and dirt roads. Two Lane Main Street with all the stores (which were very few). It was a Mayberry town, but not as big. Everyone knew everyone. (Anonymous, 62 years)
  • Watching the fireworks behind Layton elementary school before it was remodeled. (Robyn, 62 years)
  • Got engaged at Layton park. (Amy, unknown years)
  • Always have enjoyed the History of Layton, and the familys that have lived here, sorry to see some of them pass away. (Bart, unknown years)
  • It would be the olden days. (Susan, unknown years)

Layton’s Future

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

  • I think it’ll expand a little bit. Maybe add a few more big stores? (Katrina, 3 months)
  • Probably more growth, since that’s the overall trend in Utah at this point. (Camilla, 4 months)
  • We tend to go to 25th street in Ogden for food and fun. More vegan options for food. I hope that Layton develops something similar. (Annette, 7 months)
  • Grow. (Meaghen, 1 year)
  • More and more houses. (Ray, 3 years)
  • Get busier. Also, I’m excited for the changes occurring around Winco. (Anonymous, 5 years)
  • More crime, people. (Mandy, 5 years)
  • Keep growing. (Laura, 6 years)
  • Always room for improvement! (Miner, 9 years)
  • More businesses. (Catherine, 11 years)
  • Definitely. (Lisa, 16 years)
  • The roads will get more and more ridiculous. (Saira, 18 years)
  • Population is soaring! (Jane, 20 years)
  • Lots of farms developed into housing. (Ted, 20 years)
  • More traffic. (Carolyn, 22 years)
  • Become even more congested. (Susan, 23 years)
  • More people, more crime. (Derek, 25 years)
  • The roads will get crazier. Too much traffic. (Kathy, 27 years)
  • Hopefully grow but not too much. (Carol, 28 years)
  • More buildings. (Teressa, 28 years)
  • More people. (Lisa, 30 years)
  • Consumed in the urban sprawl. (Randy, 30 years)
  • More people/traffic/businesses. (Tony, 30 years)
  • Quality of life will continue to go down, just like the rest of the world. Many over-populated parts such as the high density apartments all over town will become more worn down and some in 10 years will be well on the way to “Ghetto-hood” (Layton Meadows comes to mind, though it won’t be alone…). (Lynn, 40 years)
  • Overcrowded. (Susan, 40 years)
  • Too many more people. (Judy, 45 years)
  • Crime will increase and traffic will become worse but I see a beautiful city that must really keep a eye on the drug and gang problems that are moving in from
    Clearfield, Roy and Ogden. The city has great places to go, play, eat, etc. (Ron, 47 years)
  • I think Layton will grow a lot with new businesses, but mostly it will grow with people. I think the university will expand and people will be able to take classes closer to home, and I think it might encourage more people to increase their level of education. (Pat, 54 years)
  • Overcrowding. (Sheri, 58 years)
  • More homes, more crowded. (Anonymous, 62 years)
  • The population will be off the charts. (Robyn, 62 years)
  • I think it’s going down hill. (Amy, unknown years)
  • Yes, it’s changing right now. (Bart, unknown years)

Layton Facts

Any other interesting facts about Layton?

  • Weber State Davis campus is here, so that’s nice. (Camilla, 4 months)
  • I like that it spends money on parks and recreation. Each community having a wonderful place to run, play and picnic. Sandridge Park is great and the new one near the landfill is wonderful. (Annette, 7 months)
  • The Heritage Museum is a treasure. (Laura, 6 years)
  • The Christmas lights rival Salt Lake in quality! (Catherine, 11 years)
  • Lots of great history, businesses and a great place to live. It was home to one of Utah’s 19 sugar factories- an industry that has nearly vanished in the western US. (Ted, 20 years)
  • Where the mall is, there used to be a ponds and fields. (Derek, 25 years)
  • Interesting history. Much to take pride in. (Randy, 30 years)
  • My mother’s family grew up in West Layton. They were sponsored (I think) by a sheriff. They were farmers. My mother always said Layton had really nice people. (Susan, 40 years)
  • Excellent 4th of July night show, many places for kids to go, hiking, Adams Canyon is a great central park with the Ed Kenley outside theater for programs during the summer. (Ron, 47 years)
  • We’ve lived here a long time and have watched the city grow from a few businesses on Main Street and a few subdivisions, to what it is today. It’s a big difference and has changed more than some of the surrounding cities. (Pat, 54 years)
  • The fire station and library were tiny buildings on Gentile. (Robyn, 62 years)
  • No, not really. My whole family has lived here all their lives, and are buried here as well.  (Bart, unknown years)
  • What it was like in the 1940’s and 50’s. Riding our bikes down Gentile to town later on meeting at the Big Dipper. (Susan, unknown years)