Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Pleasant Grove Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Pleasant Grove?

  • Mountains are so close and beautiful, close proximity to everything, love State Street how you can just get on it and it kind of takes you everywhere you need to go. Love the fields of sunflowers, the flocks of starlings and blackbirds, the rural feel, horses, fields, space, open sky, amazing sunsets and sunrises. Crime is low and it is quiet. The horses at Hee Haw farms are super cute. I am not sure if this is in AF technically or right at border of PG, but there are wooden sculptures and a small pumpkin patch and the sculptures are amazing, giant pumpkins,and big tree size carvings of corn. (Lilia, 6 months)
  • It’s close to the mountains. (Mary, 8 months)
  • The view from the hill we live on. (Michele, 14 months)
  • Family. (Heather, 7 years)
  • Battle Creek Dr. (Jayme, 7 years)
  • The friends we have here. (Char, 8 years)
  • Leaving. (Anonymous, 8 years)
  • The people. (Adara, 14 years)
  • Friends. (Christopher, 15 years)
  • Location, community. (Seth, 15 years)
  • Taco Amigo. (Cynthia, 16 years)
  • Discovery Park. (Tyler, 16 years)
  • Discovery Park. (Kimberly, 18 years)
  • It was the small size and open areas. (Ryan, 18 years)
  • My family. (John, 19 years)
  • Safe wholesome feeling town (KateLyn, 20 years)
  • Pleasant Grove’s close to vibrant, better managed communities. (Anonymous, 20+ years)
  • Safe neighborhoods. (Norm, 21 years)
  • How beautiful it is here and it still feels like a small city. Most neighborhoods are quiet and friendly. (Julia, 26 years)
  • Small town feel. (Jay, 45 years)
  • I have a lot of friends here. (Larry, 65 years)

Pleasant Grove Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in Pleasant Grove?

  • There is this weird smell of industry at times, I think someone said there was a sanitation plant or something, it smells like rotten eggs, asphalt and garbage in the air sometimes. I hate the inversion layer. It is worse than Los Angeles, the air pollution, sometimes kids can’t even play outside. It is really expensive in this area, cost of living is really a lot more in Utah than it was twenty years ago. I mean rentals are up in the thousands and wages are still low. Community is pretty insular and it is hard to make friends. People are nice though. People want to spray for spiders and they live in the middle of fields, it makes no sense to kill orb weavers, they keep really bad bugs away. The pesticides can kill birds and are bad for young kids to be around. There is a lot of Round Up used here and that is pretty bad for people and animals. (Lilia, 6 months)
  • There aren’t enough businesses. (Mary, 8 months)
  • The roads are awful to drive on. (Michele, 14 months)
  • The crappy roads filled with pot holes. (Heather, 7 years)
  • How big it has gotten. (Jayme, 7 years)
  • Too many people that are negative about everything that happens in Pleasant Grove. (Char, 8 years)
  • Everything. (Anonymous, 8 years)
  • The roads. (Adara, 14 years)
  • The roads. (Christopher, 15 years)
  • Anti-government/emergency service attitude of some vocal citizens. (Seth, 15 years)
  • Lack of diversity. (Cynthia, 16 years)
  • Judgmental attitude of SOME of the citizens. (Tyler, 16 years)
  • People. (Kimberly, 18 years)
  • It’s crowded now. (Ryan, 18 years)
  • The high school – when I was there, supposedly, it’s vastly improved now. (John, 19 years)
  • Road conditions. (KateLyn, 20 years)
  • The roads. (Anonymous, 20+ years)
  • Too many apartments lately. (Norm, 21 years)
  • Our City Bill and how it just keeps growing and growing and growing (city money has been mis-managed)! The bumpy/crumbling streets are a close second. (Julia, 26 years)
  • Roads. (Jay, 45 years)
  • Areas around are growing too fast. (Larry, 65 years)

Pleasant Grove Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Pleasant Grove?

  • Walk, bike, swim, The old town area is really neat with the older buildings and it is fun just to walk around the residential streets and look at all of the architecture, it is very diverse and interesting, lots of history here. (Lilia, 6 months)
  • Walking trail, recreation center. (Mary, 8 months)
  • Taking a walk on Murdock Trail. (Michele, 14 months)
  • Hiking, biking. (Heather, 7 years)
  • Strawberry Days, Tarzan’s Bathtub. (Jayme, 7 years)
  • I take my kids to the park or to the pool. We go to the library for their kids classes. (Char, 8 years)
  • Drink. (Anonymous, 8 years)
  • Hike. (Adara, 14 years)
  • Walk the canal. (Christopher, 15 years)
  • Mountain bike, hike, Strawberry Days. (Seth, 15 years)
  • Eat? (Cynthia, 16 years)
  • Hiking the foothills is always fun, the canyons are also very close for great Sunday drives! The trees change so beautifully in the fall. (Tyler, 16 years)
  • Go hiking, Pau at the park, the theater productions, go down memory lane. (Kimberly, 18 years)
  • The mountains and foothills. (Ryan, 18 years)
  • Strawberry days, good hiking. (KateLyn, 20 years)
  • Leave. (Anonymous, 20+ years)
  • Water Gardens, hiking, Taco Amigo. (Norm, 21 years)
  • Softball, hiking, watching the fireworks, Strawberry Days, hanging out with neighbors, using the many walking paths. (Julia, 26 years)
  • Sports and hiking. (Larry, 65 years)

Pleasant Grove’s Reputation

What’s Pleasant Grove known for?

  • There was a very bad historical battle between settlers and Native Americans. The name of the town was changed. I think it is known for being more rural. It is rural but close to everything. I like how quiet it is and you can hear frogs and crickets in the summer. There are a lot of salons and grooming businesses for pets in the old town area, think a lot of people and pets here look pretty stylish. There is very low litter problems, streets are clean, buildings are kept up really nice. (Lilia, 6 months)
  • Great neighbors. (Michele, 14 months)
  • Fruit trees, strawberries and cream and Purple Turtle. (Heather, 7 years)
  • Vikings. (Jayme, 7 years)
  • Strawberry Days. (Char, 8 years)
  • Mean people. (Anonymous, 8 years)
  • Strawberries and the G on the mountain. (Adara, 14 years)
  • Trees/Purple Turtle/Strawberry Days. (Christopher, 15 years)
  • Strawberry Days. (Seth, 15 years)
  • Purple Turtle. (Cynthia, 16 years)
  • Lack of diversity. (Tyler, 16 years)
  • The Pleasant Grove High School teams. (Kimberly, 18 years)
  • Purple Turtle, Taco Amigo, the G, Battle Creek falls. (Ryan, 18 years)
  • The Purple Turtle. (John, 19 years)
  • Family oriented town. (KateLyn, 20 years)
  • Purple Turtles and bad roads. (Anonymous, 20+ years)
  • Purple Turtle. (Norm, 21 years)
  • Strawberry Days, the “G” on the mountain, the huge flag that is hung in the canyon, not enough good restaurants, high city bills and taxes, problems with city government. (Julia, 26 years)
  • Strawberry Days. (Jay, 45 years)
  • Strawberry Days. (Larry, 65 years)

Pleasant Grove Crime

What’s the crime like in Pleasant Grove?

  • There is very low crime here. I am sure there are hidden issues, but I don’t even hear people cussing or arguing on the streets or in stores here. (Lilia, 6 months)
  • We haven’t heard of anything near us. (Mary, 8 months)
  • Haven’t had any issues in our neighborhood. (Michele, 14 months)
  • I hear the trailer park down by State Street is kind of a shady place. (Heather, 7 years)
  • Not much. (Jayme, 7 years)
  • Crime happens everywhere, but the police are good at responding and resolving situations here. (Char, 8 years)
  • Well there was a baby serial killer found. (Adara, 14 years)
  • Not much crime (Christopher, 15 years)
  • Not too bad thanks to a good Police Department. (Seth, 15 years)
  • Small scale robberies, prescription drug use. (Cynthia, 16 years)
  • I have no idea. (Kimberly, 18 years)
  • Wendy’s, Maceys, Kawanis. (Ryan, 18 years)
  • The area around downtown pg where the bar is and by the old rec center/Park, are really the only dodgy parts of town. Some high school age vandalism. (KateLyn, 20 years)
  • You can find crime anywhere. (Anonymous, 20+ years)
  • Low crime, great police force. (Norm, 21 years)
  • Not as bad as other cities. (Julia, 26 years)
  • Average. (Jay, 45 years)
  • Not too bad. (Larry, 65 years)

Pleasant Grove Advice

Any advice for people moving to Pleasant Grove?

  • Research good places to live and don’t believe you cannot find a place with a pet, because there are some really nice rentals that are very pet friendly here. Make sure you are okay with the air pollution though because we are not okay with that, it is like a huge cloud just hanging over everything beautiful and you can’t help but breathe it. It is super bad for you and it is not limited to SLC or Provo, it is all over Utah County also. It is not so bad in the summer, but winter is bad enough. They have color coded air days to let people know if they should go out, your town can be in the green and then you go drive and run into a cloud of trapped smog in another town, so gross. Make sure you have a good job to be able to afford to live here. This whole county is one of the most expensive in all of Utah, they experiences a tech boom and you see some California prices here, but you get more for your money, a larger home with more rooms and a basement here, but still super expensive, and some places don’t even have much of a yard or fences. The canyon is beautiful and you can drive and find waterfalls, streams, cave, the colors of the mountains actually turn so many amazing colors in the Fall, it is as vibrant as the East Coast in Autumn, I never knew that before living here, places over the mountains like the ski areas have wildflower festivals and fun activities in spring and summer. They are all a really nice drive. Heber Valley is super beautiful and a nice drive, Provo river and waterfalls, super beautiful close by and a nice drive, everything is pretty close. There is a lot of beauty just walking down the street, deer, birds, wildlife, ducks, ponds, creeks, it is pretty here, lots of places have giant sunflower fields in the summer. (Lilia, 6 months)
  • Prepare for a bumpy ride! (Michele, 14 months)
  • Get to know the popular family names in town and so you can name drop when necessary. Ex. Henry, Phelon, Little, Major. (Heather, 7 years)
  • You’re going to love it. (Jayme, 7 years)
  • Get to know your neighbors and join the Pleasant Grove Community Connection page on Facebook. (Char, 8 years)
  • Don’t. (Anonymous, 8 years)
  • Make sure they keep up on the roads. (Adara, 14 years)
  • Expect to get an alignment done on your car every other week. (Christopher, 15 years)
  • Look into issues yourself and don’t fall into the misinformation of a vocal minority. The City is moving forward in a great direction. (Seth, 15 years)
  • Be aware of the neighborhoods you are searching for a home in. Do homework to see if you have neighbors, who will patronize you, if you aren’t LDS. This is very important, because the neighbors I had growing up, were some very prejudiced people. (Tyler, 16 years)
  • Don’t. (Kimberly, 18 years)
  • Be friendly and helpful, and you will quickly develop good friends. (John, 19 years)
  • Try to find a place to live close to the trailheads. The wildlife is awesome. (KateLyn, 20 years)
  • Don’t buy a nice car. (Anonymous, 20+ years)
  • Eat at Chubby’s. (Norm, 21 years)
  • You’ll love the area and neighbors (for the most part), but hate opening your city bill. (Julia, 26 years)
  • Engulf yourself in your neighborhood, take part in city activities and get to know your neighbors. You won’t regret it. (Jay, 45 years)
  • Welcome. (Larry, 65 years)

Pleasant Grove Stories

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

  • When all the leaves fall off the trees, the blackbirds and starlings flock down and settle on the trees and they look like a million moving leaves hanging out on the branches, it is pretty incredible how many birds there are here. (Lilia, 6 months)
  • Playing April Fool’s pranks on the drama teacher. (Heather, 7 years)
  • The rodeo is always great. (Jayme, 7 years)
  • Over the last 8 years PG has gone from my husband’s hometown to somewhere I feel is home. (Char, 8 years)
  • Painting the water tank (Kiwanis). (Anonymous, 8 years)
  • All my children have lived in Pleasant Grove all their lives. (Christopher, 15 years)
  • Fireman’s breakfasts, rodeo. (Seth, 15 years)
  • Spending time with family. (Cynthia, 16 years)
  • Helping build the Discovery Park. (Tyler, 16 years)
  • A guy lit the Junior High on fire while I was there. (Ryan, 18 years)
  • Failure of the City planning folks to be reasonable, regarding approval of our proposed business. As a result – we did not move forward with the plans. (John, 19 years)
  • Pg high school football games are a great way to feel connected to the city. Also the summertime “co-op” where local businesses set up tables in the park… Pleasant Grove is a great place to raise a family. (KateLyn, 20 years)
  • Driving on the roads (crazy). (Anonymous, 20+ years)
  • The fireworks show at the Water Gardens. (Norm, 21 years)
  • We have had two mountain lions in our neighborhood. We have been attacked and chased by mean dogs (that weren’t locked up) multiple times. ☹ Helping build the “sandbag river” down Grove Creek Drive. (Julia, 26 years)
  • Too many to list. Worked as a Police Officer there until retiring. (Jay, 45 years)
  • Too many to list. (Larry, 65 years)

Pleasant Grove’s Future

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

  • I hope only that the air pollution is cleared up. I hope it stays undeveloped for the most part. I like that people can bike here on the roads. I think people should stop driving so fast here, it is ridiculous, like going 80 in a 40 mph zone just to get to a store or because they like to drive fast, that is just really dangerous and dumb. I think because a ton of people are moving in there will probably be a great need for more affordable housing. (Lilia, 6 months)
  • The orchards will be replaced with housing developments and it won’t be a small town anymore. 😢 (Heather, 7 years)
  • Too much. (Jayme, 7 years)
  • I hope to see a more thriving business base and more involved citizens. (Char, 8 years)
  • It will get bigger. (Anonymous, 8 years)
  • Hopefully economic development will flourish. (Christopher, 15 years)
  • More businesses helping with a better tax income for the city and better services. (Seth, 15 years)
  • More businesses, more apartment buildings. (Cynthia, 16 years)
  • It has grown drastically already since 2008, I believe the next 10 years will grow PG to the size of people inhabiting much closer to the Salt Lake Counties. (Tyler, 16 years)
  • Hyperglycemia it is less prejudice. (Kimberly, 18 years)
  • I think the city will have higher crime percentages and no open spaces. (Ryan, 18 years)
  • It needs to develop a larger commercial base, in order to have enough tax revenue to provide a reasonable level of services. (John, 19 years)
  • More businesses will fill in along the highway and more people will move in. It’s just going to keep expanding. (KateLyn, 20 years)
  • It won’t until we get the corruption out. (Anonymous, 20+ years)
  • More business growth. No more land means increased property values. (Norm, 21 years)
  • Lots of growth. More business, more condos/apartments, a theme park, hopefully more shopping/restaurants, and more residents will be moving here. (Julia, 26 years)
  • I’m afraid it will become very crowded. (Jay, 45 years)
  • More congested. (Larry, 65 years)

Pleasant Grove Facts

Any other interesting facts about Pleasant Grove?

  • Good economy, a lot of places are hiring, businesses have really nice customer service, most fast food places have the nicest people working there who will take time to talk to you and are super polite, but the lines are always super long and it takes forever to get your order. It is dusty here, so everyone is all about getting car washes, you will be also. (Lilia, 6 months)
  • Tunnels were built under the high school in case of bombing during world war two. (Heather, 7 years)
  • Smith Drug is still there. (Jayme, 7 years)
  • Unaccepting community. (Anonymous, 8 years)
  • There are 9,000 homes. (Christopher, 15 years)
  • Pleasant Grove is home to some of the kindest, most generous people you will meet. And around the corner will live 18 of the meanest. I hope the new residents to PG bring acceptance and tolerance. (Tyler, 16 years)
  • Everywhere is haunted, Battle Creek Park, the theaters, the tunnels. (Kimberly, 18 years)
  • It’s a small bedroom community that is run by soccer moms. (Anonymous, 20+ years)
  • Volunteer opportunities are around. CERT, Honorary Colonels, etc. (Norm, 21 years)
  • The High School has underground tunnels and is haunted. (Julia, 26 years)
  • No matter where I travel, it will always feels like home! (Jay, 45 years)
  • Pleasant Grove’s a good place to grow up. (Larry, 65 years)