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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)