Layton, Utah

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Layton, Utah
Layton City Center
Layton City Center
Location in Davis County and the state of Utah.
Location in Davis County and the state of Utah.
Coordinates: 41°4′41″N 111°57′19″W / 41.07806°N 111.95528°W / 41.07806; -111.95528Coordinates: 41°4′41″N 111°57′19″W / 41.07806°N 111.95528°W / 41.07806; -111.95528
Country United States
State Utah
County Davis
Settled 1850s
Incorporated May 24, 1920
Became a city 1950
Named for Christopher Layton
 • Total 20.8 sq mi (54.0 km2)
 • Land 20.7 sq mi (53.6 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 4,350 ft (1,326 m)
Population (2014)
 • Total 72,500
 • Density 3,236.1/sq mi (1,246.5/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes 84040, 84041
Area code(s) 385, 801
FIPS code 49-43660[1]
GNIS feature ID 1442459[2]

Layton is a city in Davis County, Utah, United States. It is part of the OgdenClearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is named after Christopher Layton, a Mormon colonizer and leader. The population was 67,311 at the 2010 census. 2014 estimates placed the population at 72,500.



Layton was settled in the 1850s as an outgrowth of Kaysville. It was included in the boundaries when Kaysville was incorporated as a city in 1868, but by the 1880s many Layton residents wanted to separate from the city. They questioned Kaysville's authority to tax their property, claiming they received no municipal services. This dispute reached the United States Supreme Court in 1894 as the case of Linford v. Ellison, which was decided in favor of the Layton property owners.[3] The separatist movement finally succeeded in 1902, when Layton became an independent unincorporated area. After further growth it was made an incorporated town in 1920.


The town's population increased slowly; up until 1940 it was about 600. The creation of Hill Air Force Base to the north in 1940, followed shortly by the outbreak of World War II, changed the face of Layton forever. The population exploded as war workers streamed into the area; the 1950 census counted 3456 people. Layton became a city, transformed from a farming town to a residential community. Growth slowed after the war, but Layton continued to develop as a suburban bedroom community, those not employed at the Air Force base commuting to the Salt Lake City or Ogden areas. The city continued to expand geographically, annexing surrounding parcels of land, including the adjacent town of Laytona and city of East Layton. In 1985, Layton passed Bountiful to become the most populous city in Davis County.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.8 square miles (54.0 km²), of which, 20.7 square miles (53.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.62%) is water.

Layton is located in the northern portion of the Wasatch Front, approximately 25 miles (40 km) north of Salt Lake City, and is bordered by Clearfield, Hill Air Force Base, and South Weber to the north, Kaysville to the south, the Wasatch Mountains to the east, and Syracuse to the west.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and cold winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Layton has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[4] Great Salt Lake effect snow is common in the winter.


Layton City has a council/manager form of government with 290 full-time employees. Bob Stevenson became mayor in 2013 [5] and Alex R. Jensen has been the city manager since 1992. There are five city council members. As of 2014, the city council members are Joyce Brown, Tom Day, Jory Francis, Scott Freitag, and Joy Petro. [6] City council meetings are held every first and third Thursday at 7:00 PM in the council chambers.[7]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 597
1940 646 8.2%
1950 3,456 435.0%
1960 9,027 161.2%
1970 13,603 50.7%
1980 22,862 68.1%
1990 41,784 82.8%
2000 58,474 39.9%
2010 67,311 15.1%
Est. 2014 72,500 7.7%

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 67,311 people, 18,282 households, and 14,771 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,823.9 people per square mile (1,090.1/km²). There were 19,145 housing units at an average density of 924.6 per square mile (356.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.91% White, 1.61% African American, 0.53% Native American, 2.08% Asian, 0.27% Pacific Islander, 3.09% from other races, and 2.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.96% of the population.

There were 18,282 households out of which 48.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.4% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.2% were non-families. 15.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.19 and the average family size was 3.59.

Population was 35.1% under the age of 18, 12.1% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 16.8% from 45 to 64, and 5.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 101.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.1 males.

The median income for a household was $52,128, and the median income for a family was $57,193. Males had a median income of $40,409 versus $26,646 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,604. About 5.0% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.

Points of interest[edit]

Layton's major retail district includes the Layton Hills Mall, Davis Conference Center, and "Restaurant Row", nicknamed such due to the large number of national chain restaurants located along its one mile stretch.

Layton's town center includes the Layton Commons Park, Davis Arts Council, Edward A Kenley Centennial Amphitheater, Heritage Museum of Layton, and Layton Surf 'N Swim.


  • Davis Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Davis Arts Council
  • Ed Kenley Amphitheater
  • Heritage Museum of Layton
  • Layton Surf 'N Swim



I-15 runs north-south through the center of town and serves Layton with 3 interchanges - Antelope Drive, Hillfield Road, and Layton Parkway. U.S. 89 runs north-south along the eastern edge of Layton adjacent to the western slope of the Wasatch Mountains and provides access to Weber Canyon via I-84 to the north in South Weber, then merges with I-15 and Legacy Parkway to the south in Farmington, near Lagoon Amusement Park. Utah State Route 193 runs east-west through northern Layton, past the south gate of Hill Air Force Base, connecting U.S. 89 to I-15 in Clearfield.

Utah Transit Authority (UTA) provides bus service along with FrontRunner commuter rail. FrontRunner's Layton Station is located at the site of the former Union Pacific Layton Depot, which was also used as a restaurant for many years until construction began on the nearby Layton Parkway interchange in 2009.


Layton has an extended branch of Weber State University and is part of Davis School District. The city contains thirteen elementary schools, four junior high schools, three high schools and four colleges.

Elementary schools:

  • Sarah Jane Adams
  • Crestview
  • East Layton
  • Ellison Park
  • Heritage
  • E.G. King
  • Layton
  • Lincoln
  • Mountain View
  • North Davis Preparatory Academy
  • Sand Springs
  • Vae View
  • E.M. Whitesides

Junior High schools:

High Schools:


Notable residents[edit]


Further reading[edit]

  • Carlsruh, Dan; Carlsruh, Eve, eds. (1985). Layton, Utah: Historic Viewpoints. Kaysville-Layton Historical Society. ASIN B0013TTFWQ. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Layton, Utah at Wikimedia Commons