Living in WVC
With 22 parks, 25 schools, a family fitness center, a cultural celebration center and our renowned family-friendly neighborhoods, West Valley City is a great place to live, work and play. And that’s not just our opinion. Gallup named Utah the “Happiest State in the U.S.” while Places Rated Almanac rated Salt Lake Valley as the “Best Place to Live in North America.” Even Outside Magazine called Utah the best place to live, and right in the heart of it all is West Valley City.
#1 Best State to Live,
- Gallup Healthways
#1 Best Quality of Life,
- Business Facilities Magazine
#1 Best Place to Live,
- Outside Magazine
#1 Happiest State in the U.S.,
Another factor that makes West Valley City a safe bet is our safe community. According to the FBI, Utah has the 6th lowest crime rate in the nation. West Valley City’s crime rates dropped in nearly all categories in 2010, a trend that has gained momentum over the last several years. For example, at the popular Valley Fair Mall, where traffic is up 57%, calls to the police are down 50% over the last two years.
West Valley City is located in the Granite School District, the second largest public school district in Utah. With 68,000 students, it's actually one of the largest public school districts in the nation. Granite School District is known for the academic, athletic, and artistic achievements of its students and has been nationally recognized for teacher professional development programs and the economic efficiencies of its administration. Granite School District students achieve higher than average standardized test scores in both Utah and the nation. West Valley City also boasts some of the best charter schools and private schools in the state:
American Preparatory Academy K-9 school was named 2011 Charter School of the Year by the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools.
The prestigious Monticello Academy K-9 charter school is located between the Lake Park Corporate Center and beautiful Highbury residential development.
Dancing Moose Montessori School for preschool through second grade has received the Best of State award for the past four years.
Top Secondary Schools
Granger High School is being reconstructed and will open Fall 2013.
Three Hunter High School students were recently honored at a regional architectural design competition hosted by the National Association for Women in Construction.
Hunter Junior High School was recently recognized by the International Technology & Engineering Educator Association for its technology education program.
Standardized Test Scores
Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) Spring 2009
From premier west bench communities alongside golf courses, to multi-family housing with an urban feel, West Valley City has a large array of affordable housing for a variety of lifestyles and incomes. The city is an affordable place to rent or own, with average rent at $720 per month and the average home price at $246,658. It’s no wonder that the Salt Lake Valley has been deemed one of the most reasonably priced metro areas in the United States. A home in West Valley City is also a great investment: home values in the city are projected to increase by 17% over the next five years. What is it like to live in West Valley City? It has the most diverse population of all Utah cities, which is one of the features its residents love best about their community. In a 2010 study performed by Dan Jones & Associates, residents expressed pride in their community and said that they enjoy their comfortable, friendly neighborhoods. They also rated their quality of life high compared to other communities in the area.
West Valley City is home to numerous clinics and services for nationally renowned health care systems including Intermountain Health Care, United Health Care and University of Utah Health Care. According to the Utah Department of Health, Utah’s health maintenance organizations (HMOs) have above average ratings for health plans, health care, personal doctors and specialists.
Cost of Living
Utah is widely known for its low cost of living. Utah’s consumer price index is typically lower than the national index, and that of several other western metropolitan markets. Utah’s affordable utilities, transportation, and health care costs rate especially well compared to other markets.