Saratoga Springs, Utah
|Saratoga Springs, Utah|
Location of Saratoga Springs, Utah
|Incorporated||December 31, 1997|
|Became a city||May 31, 2001|
|Named for||Saratoga Springs, New York|
|• City Manager||Mark Christensen|
|• Mayor||Jim Miller|
|• Councilmen||Bud Poduska, Michael McOmber, Shellie Baertsch, Rebecca Call, Stephen Willden|
|• Total||21.7 sq mi (56.2 km2)|
|• Land||21.6 sq mi (55.9 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)|
|Elevation||4,505 ft (1,373 m)|
|Time zone||Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)|
|• Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC-6)|
|Area code(s)||385, 801|
|GNIS feature ID||1437677|
Saratoga Springs is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States. The elevation is 4,505 feet. It is part of the Provo–Orem, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is a relatively new development along the northern shores of Utah Lake. It was incorporated on December 31, 1997 and has been growing rapidly since then. The population was 1,003 at the 2000 census, while the 2009 estimates placed it at 16,125, making it one of the fastest growing US cities during this time period. The 2010 census states population at 17,781 meeting expectations of growth despite the state of the economy. Although Saratoga Springs was a town in 2000, it became a city in 2001.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.61 square miles (26.8 km²), of which, 16.51 square miles (26.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (1.26%) is water.
Near the mouth of the Jordan River, there are natural hot springs that inspired early settlers in the area to create a resort known as Beck's Saratoga Springs, named after the original Saratoga Springs, New York resort - Mr. John Beck the owner. The resort was opened in 1884 and also served as a home for the Beck family for many years. The area had several buildings and amusement park facilities and was a very popular location for tourists and visitors. Although the original buildings are gone, the resort area is now a part of a private development that contains an outdoor pool, clubhouse and a beautiful bowery and kitchen facility for groups and parties.
In the early 1990s, landowners began to investigate the possibilities of developing the land around the hot springs and in the foothill locations of Lake Mountain. The Utah County land development ordinances were not sufficiently urban in nature so several landowners sought incorporation as a town. Subsequently, Saratoga Springs incorporated in December 1997. Several hundred acres have since been annexed into the City limits and the City now has a linear shape running north and south. The City contains over 21 square miles and runs from Pelican Point on the west side of Utah Lake over eleven miles north to the Camp Williams US Army facility in the foothills between Utah and Salt Lake Counties.
Saratoga Springs has a manager-by-ordinance form of government. A professional manager is appointed by the City Council to oversee the daily operations of the City. As of 2014 the current mayor of Saratoga Springs is Jim Miller. Former Mayor Mia Love (January 2010 - December 2013) is a Haitian-American woman, and was the 2012 Republican Party nominee for the United States House of Representatives in Utah's 4th congressional district.
Saratoga Springs is part of the Alpine School District in Utah County. Due to rapid population growth, Saratoga Springs saw an influx of elementary schools followed by its Junior High and High Schools.
Riverview Elementary School (fall 2011)
Thunder Ridge Elementary School (fall 2011)
Horizon School (fall 2011)
Sage Hills Elementary School (fall 2009)
Harvest Elementary School (fall 2006)
Saratoga Shores Elementary School (fall 2004)
Lakeview Academy K-9 (fall 2006)
Vista Heights Middle School (fall 2010)
Westlake High School (fall 2009)
In addition, there is a private girls school, the New Haven School opening 2014
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,003 people, 271 households, and 249 families residing in the town. The population density was 98.2 people per square mile (37.9/km²). There were 301 housing units at an average density of 29.5 per square mile (11.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.72% White, 0.60% black, 0.10% Native American, 1.00% Asian, 0.50% Pacific Islander, 0.90% from other races, and 2.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.99% of the population.
There were 271 households out of which 57.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 84.1% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 8.1% were non-families. 6.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.70 and the average family size was 3.88.
In the town the population was spread out with 38.3% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 14.9% from 45 to 64, and 3.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females there were 101.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $62,212, and the median income for a family was $61,923. Males had a median income of $44,464 versus $36,739 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,304. About 3.8% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 17.4% of those age 65 or over.
Saratoga Springs is also one of the very few cities that started a successful municipal library with a majority of donations from volunteers. In 2010, the city council authorized $10,000 in seed money to fund the start of a city library. In 2013 the library had grown so popular, the need for a full-time library was required and authorized by the city council. As of December 2013, the library collection contains over 18,000 titles and 6000 library card holders. The library also provides additional programs for residents including space nights, lego clubs, story times, wiggle worms, chemistry nights, a literacy center and test proctoring. On January 6, 2014, the city library began operating under new full-time hours.
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