Magna, Utah

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Magna Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Magna?

  • The people. (Kandi, 5 years)
  • Tight community. (Tawnda, 6 years)
  • The community of people. (Amanda, 6.5 years)
  • The people. Location close to both a north/south (U-111) and east/west (201) transportation corridor. Close to the mountains. History. (Nate, 16 years)
  • My family is here. (Tamra, 16 years)
  • People and being in Salt Lake but, all the way at the edge. (Adrian, 25 years)
  • My friends. (Cynthia, 26 years)
  • It’s not the city. (Laura, about 40 years)
  • The people, the relaxed feeling I get when out walking. (Betty, 60 years)
  • Nothing. (Joe, Too long)

Magna Least Favorites

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

  • The taste of the water. (Kandi, 5 years)
  • Nothing. (Michelle, 6 years)
  • Drama/shootings. (Tawnda, 6 years)
  • The really narrow streets. (Amanda, 6.5 years)
  • Negative stereotype, drugs, lack of pride in ownership in homes, absentee-landlordism. (Nate, 16 years)
  • It is getting crowded. (Adrian, 25 years)
  • The underage drinking and gang violence. (Cynthia, 26 years)
  • The water. (Laura, 40 years)
  • Fear of the drug community. (Betty, 60 years)
  • Nothing. (Joe, Too long)

Magna Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Magna?

  • Parks and recreation center. (Kandi, 5 years)
  • Not much. (Michelle, 6 years)
  • Festivals, the parade. (Tawnda, 6 years)
  • The library, lots of community events, eat. (Amanda, 6.5 years)
  • Cyprus sports, walking, church. (Nate, 16 years)
  • Empress theatre, arts fest, Halloween fest. (Tamra, 16 years)
  • Hike to the Cemetery, visit the Monument on 8400 west and almost 4100 south. (Adrian, 25 years)
  • Nothing to do here unless you want to eat out. (Cynthia, 26 years)
  • Walk bike visit nieghbors. (Betty, 60 years)
  • Are you serious? (Joe, Too long)

Magna’s Reputation

What’s Magna known for?

  • Kennecott Copper. (Kandi, 5 years)
  • Being the ghetto of Utah. (Michelle, 6 years)
  • Bad water, lol. (Tawnda, 6 years)
  • Community, family, being a poorer part of town. (Amanda, 6.5 years)
  • Mining, Kennecott, Cyprus Highschool, Drugs, Crime, Rural, lower-income, affordable housing. (Nate, 16 years)
  • Mining, mineral water, horse lands, good people. (Adrian, 25 years)
  • Gang violence. (Cynthia, 26 years)
  • Copper mines. (Laura, 40 years)
  • Mostly bad things and poor people poor housing. (Betty, 60 years)
  • Crack dealers. (Joe, Too long)

Magna Crime

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

  • It’s high. Pretty terrible. (Michelle, 6 years)
  • It seems like the north west end of Magna is the worst for crime but I have daily drug deals on my street, so not sure that’s true. (Tawnda, 6 years)
  • Most of the crime happens along 35th in the shopping/restaurant district. Overall, the housing areas are left alone. (Amanda, 6.5 years)
  • I’m pretty comfortable with most places in Magna. The area west of 8400 and North of 3100 is a little tougher than the rest, but there are a lot of good people there too. It seems like most of the worst crime happens between those that are already involved in those crime ridden social circles. (Nate, 16 years)
  • I hear it can have some crimes in it, meth too. (Adrian, 25 years)
  • Horrible. Unsolved murders. (Cynthia, 26 years)
  • Drugs, murder, burglary, thefts. (Betty, 60 years)
  • Very high. (Joe, Too long)

Magna Advice

Any advice for people moving to Magna?

  • Buy bottled water. (Kandi, 5 years)
  • Don’t move here. (Michelle, 6 years)
  • Get to know your neighbors, we look out for each other, and buy outside water. (Tawnda, 6 years)
  • Get involved! (Amanda, 6.5 years)
  • Get involved and get to know your neighbors. There are a lot of really good people in Magna. We are living in our second home in Magna (meaning we chose to live here twice) and both of our homes are surrounded by people that we have liked and really enjoy being around. There is a smaller town feel to the place. (Nate, 16 years)
  • Have fun, make friends , get involved. (Adrian, 25 years)
  • Don’t. (Cynthia, 26 years)
  • Enoy the quiet. (Laura, 40 years)
  • Get to know your nieghbors be friendly virtuous and nice. Magna is a great place to live if you get great nieghbors and nieghbors are only great if you know them. (Betty, 60 years)
  • Run, or buy a gun. (Joe, Too long)

Magna Stories

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

  • Loved attending Cyprus High School. (Kandi, 5 years)
  • The over priced rentals that are nothing but garbage. (Michelle, 6 years)
  • The first night in our house we woke up to a rooster crowing (my husband’s alarm sound was a rooster crowing) we couldnt get it yo turn off, we almost threw the phone, lmao. We finally got up and our street blocked off for the parade and had no idea what to do. (Tawnda, 6 years)
  • My friends and I would play in the secondary water, I would catch snakes. (Adrian, 25 years)
  • Having drug dealers two doors away for 14 years. (Cynthia, 26 years)
  • Halloween in the summer. (Laura, 40 years)
  • Growing up in Magna was great. (Betty, 60 years)
  • The rental prices are ridiculous. (Joe, Too long)

Magna’s Future

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

  • It will stay about the same. (Kandi, 5 years)
  • Hopefully torn down. (Michelle, 6 years)
  • Hopefully it will grow. (Tawnda, 6 years)
  • It will get better as they make improvements to the shopping areas. (Amanda, 6.5 years)
  • Lots of growth – regentrification of some of the older parts of Magna, drugs will move down hill toward the valley as home prices increase on the bench with more development on Kennecott property, improved transportation corridors with mixed levels of affordable and mid-level housing will promote additional growth. (Nate, 16 years)
  • It will become more crowded. (Adrian, 25 years)
  • Not unless they bring in places where the kids can have fun. (Cynthia, 26 years)
  • It will get bigger worse reputation poorer people less places to play more kids with nothing to do. (Betty, 60 years)
  • Hopefully bulldozed. (Joe, Too long)

Magna Facts

Any other interesting facts about Magna?

  • People are those yards go unkempt, lots of drugs, crime. Lots of crime. (Michelle, 6 years)
  • It has very rich history! I found out forever ago my family owned what is now the copper King (I believe that’s what it’s called) (the one at the end of main). (Tawnda, 6 years)
  • People really seem to like it – or really seem to dislike it. There’s a lot of people I know that have left and say they wish they hadn’t – but that’s been more about the people they have left behind. It’s like most places – but in this case maybe a little magnified – you get out of it what you put into it. (Nate, 16 years)
  • Magna was named after Magna Main St, which was named after the Magna Mill. (Adrian, 25 years)
  • Mining museum is nice. (Cynthia, 26 years)
  • We use to be a town where everything was safe never had murders or brutal stacks people left keys in their cars because they knew it was safe kids could play free because it was a good place to be I still love to walk down Main Street to feel the peace I get there I am not afraid of my town never have been hope I never am. (Betty, 60 years)
  • It sucks. (Joe, Too long)