South Salt Lake, Utah
|South Salt Lake, Utah|
|Columbus Center, South Salt Lake, Utah|
|Named for||Great Salt Lake|
|• Total||6.9 sq mi (17.9 km2)|
|• Land||6.9 sq mi (17.9 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||4,255 ft (1,297 m)|
|• Density||3,190.8/sq mi (1,232.0/km2)|
|Time zone||Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)|
|• Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC-6)|
|ZIP codes||84106, 84115|
|Area code(s)||385, 801|
|GNIS feature ID||1432753|
Originally, South Salt Lake was made up of three distinct unincorporated areas: Millcreek to the north, Central Park (which was the area between 300 East and State Street and 2700 to 3000 South) and Southgate to the south. In 1936 Central Park incorporated as its own town.
In the late 1930s the area was greatly in need of a sanitation system since at the time most of the area was using septic tanks or open cesspools which drained into local creeks. Salt Lake City agreed to annex the area to help with the problem, but gave no specific date to give them a sewer system. In 1936 several area businessmen formed the South Salt Lake Businessmen's Association to address the problem, deciding to put the issue of incorporation to a vote. Against strong opposition, the vote passed on September 28, 1938. The sewer was built for $462,000 using mostly pick axes and shovels.
In the 1990s, South Salt Lake annexed portions of Millcreek, an unincorporated area to the south, and nearly doubled in land area, and, as a result, population. The fate of Millcreek has been actively discussed in recent years, with incorporation as well as a merger with South Salt Lake under consideration. The city’s commercial and industrial base would complement Millcreek’s heavily residential character, and the amalgamated city, which could relinquish the name “South Salt Lake” in favor of “Millcreek”, would have a population of over 80,000.
The current mayor is Cherie Wood.
In 2012, a Chinatown development started to open businesses on a lot in the city. It will be the only Chinatown in the Intermountain West. Currently there are three Chinese restaurants, a gift shop, a martial arts facility, and an Asian convenience store operating, while construction has begun on a large Chinese supermarket on the property. 
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.9 square miles (18 km2), all of it land.
The city is bordered by the Jordan River on the west, 500 East and 700 East on the east, 2100 South on the north, and 3900 South on the south. West Valley City lies to the west, Salt Lake City to the north and northeast, and Millcreek to the east and south. Because of its location next to the Jordan River and well away from the mountains, it is mostly flat, only ranging in elevation from about 4,330 feet (1,320 m) to 4,380 feet (1,340 m).
As of the census of 2000, there were 22,038 people, 8,022 households, and 4,588 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,190.8 people per square mile (1,231.4/km²). There were 8,742 housing units at an average density of 1,265.7 per square mile (488.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.24% White, 2.91% African American, 3.00% Native American, 2.65% Asian, 1.21% Pacific Islander, 10.69% from other races, and 4.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.38% of the population.
There were 8,022 households out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.7% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.8% were non-families. 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 16.5% from 18 to 24, 37.0% from 25 to 44, 14.9% from 45 to 64, and 7.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 121.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 127.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $29,801, and the median income for a family was $35,353. Males had a median income of $26,173 versus $23,755 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,474. About 13.3% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.5% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.
South Salt Lake has the highest rate of violent crime and the highest rate of property crime of any city in the state of Utah. Extensive urban redevelopment (including the Market Station development) and a reduction in the number of liquor licenses allowed to be issued is anticipated to reduce crime in the city. With 60 murders in 2007, it had a murder rate of 18.7/100,000 (based on 2006 U.S. Census Bureau population estimates).
I-15, I-80, and SR-201 intersect in the northwestern portion of the city. This interchange is known locally as the "Spaghetti Bowl" due to its complex array of on and off ramps, which extend to several other city roads in the area. US-89 runs north-to-south along State Street through the heart of South Salt Lake, serving as the primary commercial corridor and includes an interchange at I-80. SR-171 (3300 South) traverses the city east-to-west, with an interchange at I-15. SR-71 (700 East) runs along the southern part of the east border of the city and also has an interchange at I-80.
Utah Transit Authority's (UTA) TRAX light rail runs through the city at about 200 West, with 3 stations located within the city limits. All three of the TRAX lines (Blue, Red, and Green) enter the city from the north at Central Pointe Station. (Central Point Station is also the headquarters for UTA's Transit Police Department.) From Central Pointe Station the Green Line heads west to West Valley City while both the Blue and Red lines continue south to stop at the Millcreek Station before leaving the city at the Meadowbrook Station. UTA also has several local bus routes that run through the city, many of which stop every fifteen minutes.
By December 2013, the S Line (formerly known as Sugar House Streetcar) line will open for service. The S Line runs along an existing rail line just south of 2100 South (the northern border of the city) from the Central Pointe TRAX station to the Sugar House neighborhood in southeastern Salt Lake City. In addition to Central Pointe Station, the S Line will included stops at State Street, 300 East, and 500 East before leaving the city. Although operated by UTA, the S Line is a joint project between South Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, and UTA.
One of South Salt Lake's most notable and historic buildings is the Columbus Center. Originally a school around the turn of the 20th century, it was later used as a daycare center beginning in the 1950s. After being condemned in the late 1980s, it was renovated and expanded to include a branch of the Salt Lake County Library System as well as an auditorium, senior center and several other facilities.
South Salt Lake lies within the Granite School District. It has 2 elementary schools (Lincoln and Wilson) and it also only has 1 junior high school school (Granite Park). Granit Park Jr. High is known for its great programs and faculty, as well as its gang reputation. Granite High School, originally opened in 1906, was changed from a traditional high school to an alternative high school in 2006. Granite High School expanded into an "umbrella" school with various programs under its wing, including Central High, which was already an alternative school. However, the school closed for good at the end of the 2008-09 school year. On November 8, 2011, the citizens of South Salt Lake voted on whether the city should purchase the 27-acre Granite High School property by means of a $25 million bond (plus $9 million in interest), however, the vote failed by mere 11 votes. The Salt Lake City campus of Broadview University is located next to the South Salt Lake city offices.
- The world's first Kentucky Fried Chicken (now KFC) franchise was established in 1952 by Harland Sanders and Pete Harman in what is now part of South Salt Lake.
- Zagg, manufacturer and marketer of the popular invisibleSHIELD gadget protection film, is based in South Salt Lake.
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||Glendale neighborhood of Salt Lake City||Peoples Freeway neighborhood of Salt Lake City||Liberty Wells neighborhood of Salt Lake City|
|West Valley City||Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City|