South Salt Lake, Utah

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South Salt Lake Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in South Salt Lake?

  • Convenience to freeways, literally the crossroads of the Salt Lake Valley. Also the neighbors are super nice. (Chad, 2 years)
  • Neighborhood. (Attila, 6 years)
  • Knowing my community and getting the chance to serve on City Council. (Coery, 7 years)
  • Friendly people. (Melissa, 8 years)
  • Now, WinCo. (Anonymous, 10 years)
  • Close to things, trax. (Jen, 10 years)
  • Police response due to small town. (Amy, 15 years)
  • Convenience. (Julie, 21 years)
  • The fireworks that used to be at Granite High School every year brought the neighborhood together. (Lisa, 30 years)
  • My home and wonderful people. (Tammi, 30+ years)

South Salt Lake Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in South Salt Lake?

  • Urban blight. Crime. (Chad, 2 years)
  • Being the dump of the County. (Attila, 6 years)
  • Our crime rate, dangerous crosswalks and very little street lighting at night. (Coery, 7 years)
  • Run down areas. (Melissa, 8 years)
  • The crime. (Anonymous, 10 years)
  • The panhandlers and thieves. (Jen, 10 years)
  • That we have to call police for crimes. (Amy, 15 years)
  • Crime. (Julie, 21 years)
  • Not having the fireworks anymore. (Lisa, 30 years)
  • Bars and strip clubs. There’s nothing to do here. (Tammi, 30+ years)

South Salt Lake Things To Do

What are fun things to do in South Salt Lake?

  • Not much yet. Fitts Park? (Chad, 2 years)
  • JRPT, Parley’s trail. (Attila, 6 years)
  • Our PD does a month Bowl with a Cop with kids 5-18. It’s a great time for them to see a different side of the police. (Coery, 7 years)
  • Fitts Park, dog park, Winco, Columbus Center especially the library, century 16 movies, pizza places. (Melissa, 8 years)
  • Go to WinCo, Fitz park, Duces Wild. (Anonymous, 10 years)
  • Shop, eat. (Jen, 10 years)
  • First Park. (Amy, 15 years)
  • Community Center, movies. (Julie, 21 years)
  • Bowling. (Lisa, 30 years)
  • There is nothing to do in South Salt Lake City. (Tammi, 30+ years)

South Salt Lake’s Reputation

What’s South Salt Lake known for?

  • Diversity. (Chad, 2 years)
  • It is in the Move. Sline. It has a small town feeling. Future homeless shelter. (Attila, 6 years)
  • Having a lot of businesses, a homeless shelter coming, and the Promise Program. (Coery, 7 years)
  • Lower income area. (Melissa, 8 years)
  • Being a bit different. (Anonymous, 10 years)
  • Granite High School. (Jen, 10 years)
  • High crime. (Amy, 15 years)
  • Crime and high taxes. (Julie, 21 years)
  • Fitts park, fireworks at Granite High. (Lisa, 30 years)
  • Bars and strip clubs. (Tammi, 30+ years)

South Salt Lake Crime

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

  • Worst places: 1. State Street 2. Main Street 3. 3300 South. (Chad, 2 years)
  • We have had a lot of car break-ins lately along. Hot spots are scattered. We do have a large population of homeless gathering around Harmony park, Jordan parkway, Maverick. Motel 6 is a big hot spot for crime. I went on several ride alongs with our police and they get so many calls there, in town suites and grace Mary Manor our homeless shelter. (Coery, 7 years)
  • Theft is pretty high, drug use. (Melissa, 8 years)
  • It’s bad. (Anonymous, 10 years)
  • Bad but mostly thefts etc. It’s not too scary. (Jen, 10 years)
  • The entire town seems to struggle with crime. (Amy, 15 years)
  • High for drive-thru crime. (Julie, 21 years)
  • Not too bad. (Lisa, 30 years)
  • It is the most dangerous city in the state of Utah. (Tammi. 30+ years)

South Salt Lake Advice

Any advice for people moving to South Salt Lake?

  • It may not be the shiniest, newest or most beautiful city in the area, but the people who live here are top-notch. Some of the most friendly neighborhoods I have ever lived in in Utah. (Chad, 2 years)
  • Walk around before moving in. (Attila, 6 years)
  • It’s still a great city. We have such wonderful residents if you take the time to get to know them. There are always city events which are a great way to meet new people. (Coery, 7 years)
  • Get to know your neighbors, don’t leave anything valuable out where it can be easily stolen. (Melissa, 8 years)
  • Lights, cameras, be vigilant. (Anonymous, 10 years)
  • Lock up your bikes and anything outside: car garage, etc. buy an alarm and or surveillance camera. (Jen, 10 years)
  • Get a big dog. (Amy, 15 years)
  • Get an alarm. Corrupt government. (Julie, 21 years)
  • It’s great. (Lisa, 30 years)
  • There is really nothing to do here except go to bars and strip club but the residents are wonderful. (Tammi, 30+ years)

South Salt Lake Stories

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

  • I have lived in some pretty nice fairly wealthy neighborhoods in Salt Lake County (i.e. Sugar House, Liberty Wells, Liberty Heights), but rarely met a single neighbor. After moving in to SSL I quickly had all my neighbors come over to introduce me to the neighborhood. On Christmas Eve I came home to a doorstep full of Christmas goodies from all our neighbors. Just the other day my neighbor from down the street came to snow blow my sidewalks. I have never lived in such a welcoming, loving, accepting and community based neighborhood as I have living in SSL. I’ve personally met and talked, both professionally and casually, with the Mayor and City Council, something that never would have happened in a larger city. (Chad, 2 years)
  • My first 4th of July parade in the US. (Attila, 6 years)
  • My first ride along with our police, it was such an insane night. I rode on a graveyard shift (was out 5pm tie 4:30am) during that time we went on a suicide attempt, drug overdose, a few calls at motel 6, a large group of teens broke into Granite High and we ended up chasing them around until they stopped, went on a DUI roll over on State Street which a truck struck a light pole and it snapped in half, luckily no one was injured. A huge house fire also happened on 27th south. (Coery, 7 years)
  • Fireworks at Granite High. (Melissa, 8 years)
  • The parades. (Anonymous, 10 years)
  • Service from the residents in SSL. (Tammi, 30+ years)

South Salt Lake’s Future

How do you think South Salt Lake will change over the next 10 years?

  • I believe that SSL will grow to rival it’s northern neighbor, Sugar House. With its convenience of travel, and opportunities of growth and revival via redevelopment, I believe SSL has the opportunity to become one of the most sought after cities to live. (Chad, 2 years)
  • Changes for the better. Property prices skyrocketing. Apartments. (Attila, 6 years)
  • I think we are going to see a lot of people (younger) move into the city while it is still more affordable than downtown SLC. (Coery, 7 years)
  • I hope for new houses and parks. (Melissa, 8 years)
  • Better lighting, better policing, better bars. (Anonymous, 10 years)
  • It will get cleaner, more commercial, less housing. (Jen, 10 years)
  • Crime rate will improve with new developments. (Amy, 15 years)
  • The only positive thing is WinCo. (Tammi, 30+ years)

South Salt Lake Facts

Any other interesting facts about South Salt Lake?

  • Second largest bowling pin of the planet. (Attila, 6 years)
  • Our Police department is very involved in community outreach. Neighborhood watch, business watch, bowl with a cop (3 Thursday every month 3:30-5), Coffee with a cop (usually our police chief is there to listen to concerns or ideas (1st Wednesday of every month at village inn 9am), the good landlord program which helps to get good tenants into apartments and kick out those problem ones. (Coery, 7 years)
  • Exotic kitty is interesting. (Anonymous, 10 years)
  • Artesian wells. (Jen, 10 years)