January 7, 2018

West Valley City, Utah

Life in West Valley City, Utah, explained by people who’ve lived in West Valley:

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West Valley City Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in West Valley City?

  • Close proximity to mountains. (Lisa, 8 weeks)
  • The people. (Stevie, 4 years)
  • Proximity. (Alana, 5 years)
  • Close to Salt Lake as well as West Jordan. In the middle of the Valley and close to everything. (Jeanie, 8 years)
  • The people. (Mansour, 8 years)
  • The people. (Karen, 42 years)
  • It used to be the small friendly, safe community- now, not so much. (Lori, 50 years)
  • We live near ATK I like seeing the deer, falcon, foxes, etc. I like how quickly I can get on a freeway/highway. Nice people. (Anonymous, 50 years)
  • My parents live here. (Danny, my whole life)

West Valley City Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in West Valley City?

  • It looks kind of ghetto. (Lisa, 8 weeks)
  • Police. (Stevie, 4 years)
  • Crowded. (Alana, 5 years)
  • Crime rate, too many people. (Jeanie, 8 years)
  • The traffic. (Mansour, 8 years)
  • The inaccurate, negative reputation, and how it is portrayed by media. (Karen, 42 years)
  • Crime, out of control teenagers, gangs, courts and police did not punish young offenders. (Lori, 50 years)
  • Damaged Roads. Traffic on 5600 West. (Anonymous, 50 years)
  • Crime keeps getting worse. (Danny, my whole life)

West Valley City Things To Do

What are fun things to do in West Valley City?

  • Not much that I have found. (Lisa, 8 weeks)
  • Drive inn, the valley fair, mall, bowling. (Stevie, 4 years)
  • Parks. (Alana, 5 years)
  • Shopping at the mall. (Jeanie, 8 years)
  • Go to the movies. (Mansour, 8 years)
  • Parks, pools, movie theaters, many school sports and dramatic or musical performances. A good variety of restaurants. (Karen, 42 years)
  • Hockey games, ice skating at Acord. I wish they would develop the mountain view corridor trail to have more trees and parks like the Jordan Parkway. (Lori, 50 years)
  • Megaplex theater. Golf. Go out to eat. (Anonymous, 50 years)
  • Movies, bowling and restaurants. (Danny, my whole life)

West Valley City’s Reputation

What’s West Valley City known for?

  • Being run down. (Lisa, 8 weeks)
  • West fest. (Stevie, 4 years)
  • The hood. (Alana, 5 years)
  • Gangs. (Mansour, 8 years)
  • Good family-oriented neighborhoods. The second largest city in Utah. High variety of home prices. Close proximity to Salt Lake City, mountains and canyons, winter sports, hunting, fishing, camping. (Karen, 42 years)
  • Honestly, crime. (Lori, 50 years)
  • Crime. (Anonymous, 50 years)

West Valley City Crime

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

  • I haven’t been here long enough to know. (Lisa, 8 weeks)
  • They bout that life west of 4100w. (Alana, 5 years)
  • Bad, but probably not any worse then Salt Lake, but always on the news. (Jeanie, 8 years)
  • Bad. (Mansour, 8 years)
  • Lower income areas have a higher incidence of crime, just like every other city. (Karen, 42 years)
  • You don’t dare to leave your door unlocked, even for a minute. Don’t answer the door unless it’s someone you know, it’s scary. My son was assaulted when he was 14 by a drunk eighteen year old in a neighborhood- they found him, released him, he continually skipped court dates, etc. and as far as I know, never fulfilled his punishment. They start it young, get away with it, and get worse as they get older. I had to jump through hoops just to find out info on anything that happened after the assault. (Lori, 50 years)
  • Theft out of be construction has been a problem. Drug use and sales is not uncommon. (Anonymous, 50 years)
  • Getting worse like Magna and Rose Park. (Danny, my whole life)

West Valley City Advice

Any advice for people moving to West Valley City?

  • Move to Draper, Murray or West Jordan. (Lisa, 8 weeks)
  • Enjoy West Valley. (Stevie, 4 years)
  • The older neighborhoods, close to a temple.. (Alana, 5 years)
  • It’s not a bad place to live. Housing prices are lower then most of the Valley. The city is constantly improving our neighborhoods. (Jeanie, 8 years)
  • Find a good neighborhood. (Mansour, 8 years)
  • Take your time getting to know the area, schools, etc. to be sure it meets your needs and expectations. (Karen, 42 years)
  • I wouldn’t do it, or find a good neighborhood. (Lori, 50 years)
  • Come way out west past Hunter High. Nice neighborhoods. (Anonymous, 50 years)
  • Be careful and keep your house and car locked. (Danny, my whole life)

West Valley City Stories

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

  • I bought my house sight unseen from Houston. I drove into West Valley and my first thought on seeing how run down the area is, was…where did I move to? :(. (Lisa, 8 weeks)
  • Kids got hit at the Jr. High…I watched it happen while getting coffee. (Alana, 5 years)
  • Nothing that I can remember right now. (Jeanie, 8 years)
  • Going to Hollywood Connection every weekend. (Mansour, 8 years)
  • Great place to raise our family…we sold our first WVC home to move into a rambler. We looked from Provo to Morgan. We ended up moving only two miles from that first home and still love living in West Valley. (Karen, 42 years)
  • Get your loss involved in youth hockey at Acord. Chris is wonderful with kids, they develop great friendships and respect, it keeps kids out of trouble. (Lori, 50 years)
  • Backyard fire pit Smores. (Anonymous, 50 years)
  • Taking my kids to Hollywood connection. (Danny, my whole life)

West Valley City’s Future

How do you think West Valley City will change over the next 10 years?

  • It will probably become more run down. (Lisa, 8 weeks)
  • It’s expanding. (Stevie, 4 years)
  • Development and esthetics. (Alana, 5 years)
  • It will grow big time. It has already grown a lot. (Jeanie, 8 years)
  • More jobs and businesses. (Mansour, 8 years)
  • Continue to grow. (Karen, 42 years)
  • I think it will get worse, I don’t think the police and courts follow through with the idle threats. These young criminals get away with everything. (Lori, 50 years)
  • Busier, more houses. (Anonymous, 50 years)
  • More traffic and homes everywhere. (Danny, my whole life)

West Valley City Facts

Any other interesting facts about West Valley City?

  • West Valley City covers a fairly big area from 215 to Utah 111 highway and 2100 s to 4700 s. (Jeanie, 8 years)
  • The Maverick Center. (Mansour, 8 years)
  • The name stinks. Oquirrh City was considered and would have been a much nicer name. It was a combo of Granger, Hunter and areas of Kearns. (Anonymous, 50 years)