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  •   State: 
    Salt Lake County
      County FIPS: 
    40°34′21″N 111°51′35″W
      Area total: 
    24.16 sq mi (62.58 km²)
      Area land: 
    24.15 sq mi (62.55 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.01 sq mi (0.03 km²)
    4,450 ft (1,356 m)
    1871; Incorporated 1893
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Mountain Standard Time (MST) UTC-7:00; Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) UTC-6:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Sandy, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    3,990.73 residents per square mile of area (1,540.84/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Sandy is a city in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, located in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. The population of Sandy was 87,461 at the 2010 census, making it the sixth-largest city in Utah. Sandy is home to the Shops at South Town shopping mall; the Jordan Commons entertainment, office and dining complex; and the Mountain America Exposition Center. It is also the location of the soccer-specific America First Field (formerly known as Rio Tinto Stadium), which hosts Real Salt Lake and Utah Royals FC home games. A formal master plan was adopted in January 2017 to accommodate regional growth and outlines developments and related guidelines through the next 25 years. The plan emphasizes sustainable living, walkability, human-scaled architecture, environmentally-friendly design, and nature-inspired design while managing population growth and its related challenges. The city is currently developing a walkable and transit-oriented city center called The Cairns. It was incorporated in 1893, largely as part of an effort to combat what Mormon inhabitants considered "unsavory" elements in its mine-based community. Sandy saw modest growth after incorporation, but by the late 1960s it was almost if Sandy had redefined itself as a single, historic town. By 1900, there was only a handful of saloons and hotels and Sandy began to more closely resemble other rural towns where everyone knew everyone else. However, this rural town changed dramatically with its second boom, and Sandy would grow from its logical and historic nexus of Main streets and Main Center to Main Center.


Sandy is the primary city name, but also Alta, Cottonwd Hts, Cottonwood Heights, Snowbird are acceptable city names or spellings, Belmont Heights, Crescent, Granite, Sherwood Park on the other hand no longer accepted or obsolete and are no longer used as a designation. The official name is Sandy. Sandy is located at the base of the Wasatch Mountains thirteen miles (19 km) south of Salt Lake City. The area was first used by nomadic bands of Paiute, Shoshone, and Bannock Indians. Sandy was incorporated in 1893, largely as part of an effort to combat what Mormon inhabitants considered "unsavory" elements in the town. In 2014, the Sandy City government revealed the blueprints to redevelop 1,100 acres of Sandy's downtown area into a new resort. The city center project is named The Cns, with the project stretching between 9000 South and 11,400 South, and Interstate 15 to 15X. The plans also will add a new multi-use mall, the Hale Center, the new Hale Theatre, and other amenities to the city center. The original plat was essentially one square mile, situated on an alluvial terrace running north and south along the eastern edge of the Jordan River drainage system and paralleling the mountain range. The origin of its name has not been established with any certainty. Perhaps most widely believed is that Brigham Young named Sandy for its thirsty soil, but there is no historical evidence for this. Another theory is that the name came from a legendary and colorful Scotsman, Alexander "Sandy" Kinghorn, the engineer who ran the first train line to this end of the Salt Lake Valley. In 1863, there were only four homes between Union (7200 South) and Dunyon (Point of the Mountain).

Geography and climate

Sandy has a humid subtropical climate (Cfa) or a humid continental climate (Dfa) under the Köppen climate classification. The city has a total area of 22.4 square miles (57.9 km²), of which 22.3 square miles of it is land and 0.04 square mile (0.1 km²) is water. The major residential region of eastern Sandy sits on the slopes of the Wasatch Range while the western section lies at the bottom of the valley. The Jordan River forms part of the western border with West Jordan and South Jordan. Sandy has a population of 2,816. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates Sandy's population to be 2,715. Sandy is located in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, which is home to the University of Utah and the Utah Valley College of Pharmacy. It is located at the intersection of Interstate 15 and State Street (US-89) and the Jordan River, which runs through the western portions of the city. Sandy was founded in the early 1800s and is located on the banks of the Red River, a tributary of the Snake River. It was named after the Red Fork River, one of the rivers that flows through the city's eastern part. The town's name is derived from the word "red", which means "red" or "foothill" and means "deep" in the local dialect. It has a history of being known as "Sandy" and "Sidney".


As of 2017, there were 96,145 people in Sandy. The city population remains the sixth largest in Utah. The median income for a household in the city was $76,904. Full-time year-around male workers had a median income of $59,108 versus $40,506 for female workers. Of the total population, 11.0% of those under the age of 18 and 4.3% ofThose 65 and older were living below the poverty line. The racial makeup of the county was 84.6% non-Hispanic White. 8.9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The average household size was 3.08 and the average family size was3.45. The population was spread out, with 31.3%. at age of 19 and under, 13.3. from 20 to 29, 19.2% from 29 to 44, 26.9%. from 45 to 64, and 9.3 years of age or older. For every 100 females age 18 and over,there were 96.8 males. There were 28,296 households, out of which 38.0%. The race and ethnicity compositions of the city were 90.0!% White, 3.0 % Asian, 0.7% Black,0.5% Native American, 2.6%. from other races, and 2.5%. from two or more races. The per capita income for the city of Sandy was $30,952.


Jordan School District was the primary school district in Sandy until 2009. In 2007, citizens voted to split Jordan School District to create 2 separate school districts. The newly created Canyons School District began operation at the beginning of the 200910 school year. Sandy has 18 elementary schools (Alta View, Altara, Bell View, Brookwood, Crescent, East Sandy, Edgemont, Granite, Lone Peak, Oakdale, Park Lane, Peruvian Park, Quail Hollow, Sandy, Silver Mesa, Sprucewood, Sunrise, Willow Canyon), five high schools (Corner Canyon, Jordan, Hillcrest, Brighton, and Alta), one technical school (Canyons Technical Education CenterCTEC), and one alternative high school (Southpointe). The Blessed Sacrament School is a private Catholic elementary school. Sandy is home to a continuing education campus for non-traditional students at the University of Utah, opened in 2015. It is also the home of the Utah Jazz football team, which won the Super Bowl in 2010. It was the first team to win a Super Bowl championship in the history of the NFL. It also won the World Series in 1996 and 1998. The Utah Jazz won their first Super Bowl title in the 1998-99 season. The team won the title in 1998 and 1998-2000. It won the championship in 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13.


Sandy is home to Real Salt Lake, a Major League Soccer team established in 2004. The team plays at the American First Field on the city's west side. The city is also home to the University of Utah, which has a women's soccer team that plays in the U.S. Women's Division of the National Soccer League. The town's population is about 50,000 people, according to the 2010 census. It is located on the Salt Lake River, which flows through Sandy to the Wasatch Range and the Utah Wasatch Mountains to the west. It also has a population of about 20,000, the highest in the state. The U.N. Women’s Division of Sport is based in Sandy, and the city has a female soccer team called the Utah Utes. It was founded in 2004 and is one of the oldest soccer cities in the United States, with more than 1,000 years of history. It has also been the site of several World War II battles, including the Battle of the Bulge in World War I and the Second World War, which ended in 1945. It's also the home of the Utah State University, which was established in 1948 and is located in the city. The American First field is on the west side of the city, and was built in the early 1900s. It plays host to the Utah Jazz, who were founded in 1894 and moved to Salt Lake City in the 1950s. The Utah State Women's Soccer Association was established by the city in the 1960s and 1970.


I-15 runs down the western side of Sandy, with three exits (at 9000 South, 10600 South and 11400 South) located in the city. U.S. Route 89 runs parallel to I-15 through the city as State Street. Utah State Route 209 runs east/west, terminating within the Wasatch Range at Alta Ski Resort. All of Sandy's light rail stations are on the Blue Line, terminating at Salt Lake Central Station to the north and Draper Town Center to the south. Sandy and UTA are currently developing a circulator bus or trolley route between Sandy Civic Center TRAX station and South Jordan FrontRunner station. The route, not yet in service, will have the potential to convert into a streetcar route in the distant future. The city's roads are located on the same grid system as the rest of Salt Lake County. The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) operates a bus system that reaches into the city (including two normal routes, three FLEX routes, and one ski service route) The city is home to four lightrail stations: Historic Sandy at 9000 South; Sandy Expo, an infill station at 9375 South, and Sandy Civic Centre at 10000 South. The ski bus route operates from Historic Sandy TRAX stations to Alta ski Area and Snowbird and runs seasonally. The City of Sandy has a long-term city center plan that was established into Sandy's long- term city plan in January 2017. The plan calls for a dedicated transit guideway on 10200 S over or under Interstate 15.

In the media

Elizabeth Smart was discovered walking down the street with her captors in Sandy nine months after being abducted from her home. The 1992 TV movie Deliver Them From Evil: The Taking of Alta View is based on the 1991 hospital hostage incident. The fictional HBO drama Big Love is set in Sandy. The Elizabeth Smart Story is dramatized in the CBS movie TheElizabeth Smart Story. The Sandy Police Department has no record of any arrests in connection with the incident in 1991. It is unclear whether any arrests were made in the aftermath of the hospital hostage-taking. The police department does not have any records of arrests in the wake of the incident, which occurred in the early hours of the morning on September 14, 1991. For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK on 08457 90 90 90, visit a local Samaritans branch or see for details. In the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255 or visit For support in the United States, call the national suicide Prevention Line at 1-844-856-788 or visit In the Middle East, contact the International Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255). For confidential help in the Middle Eastern region, call  the Middle East and South Africa on 1 800-744-7255.

Local media

Sandy City Journal is a tabloid-style newspaper covering local government, schools, sports, and features. The paper is owned by the city of Sandy, in Sandy, New Jersey. It was founded in 1903 and has been in the same family for more than 100 years. It is now owned by a private company, the Sandy City Journal Company. The company is based in Sandy and has its own offices in the city, as well as a number of other locations in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Sandy, Salt Lake County, Utah = 10.3. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 68. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Sandy = 4.7 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 5,275 individuals with a median age of 31.5 age the population grows by 8.85% in Sandy, Salt Lake County, Utah population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 3,990.73 residents per square mile of area (1,540.84/km²). There are average 3.31 people per household in the 28,869 households with an average household income of $77,161 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 4.20% of the available work force and has dropped -4.79% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 26.22%. The number of physicians in Sandy per 100,000 population = 249.8.


The annual rainfall in Sandy = 23.9 inches and the annual snowfall = 90.9 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 89. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 229. 92 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 21.9 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 66, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Sandy, Salt Lake County, Utah which are owned by the occupant = 80.46%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 24 years with median home cost = $248,490 and home appreciation of -11.73%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $7.71 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $3,102 per student. There are 23.8 students for each teacher in the school, 1938 students for each Librarian and 1084 students for each Counselor. 7.97% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 23.83% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 11.20% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Sandy's population in Salt Lake County, Utah of 1,637 residents in 1900 has increased 3,22-fold to 5,275 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 49.51% female residents and 50.49% male residents live in Sandy, Salt Lake County, Utah.

    As of 2020 in Sandy, Salt Lake County, Utah are married and the remaining 36.88% are single population.

  • 26.2 minutes is the average time that residents in Sandy require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    78.06% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 11.18% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 3.13% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 5.42% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Sandy, Salt Lake County, Utah, 80.46% are owner-occupied homes, another 15.84% are rented apartments, and the remaining 3.70% are vacant.

  • The 65.65% of the population in Sandy, Salt Lake County, Utah who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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