Bluffdale, Utah

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Bluffdale, Utah
Bluffdale Fire Station in 2013
Bluffdale Fire Station in 2013
Official logo of Bluffdale, Utah
Location in Salt Lake County and the state of Utah.
Location in Salt Lake County and the state of Utah.
Location of Utah in the United States
Location of Utah in the United States
Coordinates: 40°28′24″N 111°56′40″W / 40.47333°N 111.94444°W / 40.47333; -111.94444Coordinates: 40°28′24″N 111°56′40″W / 40.47333°N 111.94444°W / 40.47333; -111.94444
CountryUnited States
CountySalt Lake
Named forBluffs (high cliffs) and dales (valleys) along the Jordan River
 • MayorDerk Timothy
 • City ManagerMark Reid
 • Total10.22 sq mi (26.47 km2)
 • Land10.22 sq mi (26.47 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation4,436 ft (1,352 m)
Population (2012)[1]
 • Total7,975
 • Density780/sq mi (300/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code84065
Area code(s)385, 801
FIPS code49-06810 [2]
GNIS feature ID1425844 [3]

Bluffdale is a city in Salt Lake County in the U.S. state of Utah, located about 20 miles (32 km) south of Salt Lake City. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,598.[1]

From 2011 to 2013, the National Security Agency's (NSA) data storage center, the Utah Data Center, was constructed at Camp Williams in Bluffdale. It is approximately 1 million square feet in size.[5][6] Bluffdale is also home to the Granite Point data center.


Bluffdale, named for its geography of bluffs and dales, was first settled in 1848–1849 when the area was originally part of West Jordan. On July 29, 1858, Orrin Porter Rockwell paid five- hundred dollars to Evan M. Green for sixteen acres of land near to the Crystal Hot Lakes (adjacent to the present Utah State Prison). This land included Hot Springs Hotel and Brewery with dining facilities, stable, brewery, and pony express station. As the community expanded, the Bluffdale area became part of South Jordan, then Riverton. In 1883 the Bluffdale School Precinct was formed from parts of Herriman, South Jordan and Draper. On August 1, 1886, the Bluffdale Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized with Lewis H. Mousley as Bishop. For a short time the town was called Mousley. There are seven irrigation canals that originate at the Jordan Narrows in the Bluffdale area and serve the Salt Lake Valley. One of the earliest was the Utah and Salt Lake Canal started in 1862. Some of the early buildings included an adobe church, built in 1887–1888, a tithing house, and a three-room schoolhouse constructed in 1893.[7]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.22 square miles (26.47 km²), all of it land. Bluffdale is predominately located in Salt Lake County, though a portion of the city is located in Utah County. Bluffdale shares city borders with Herriman to the west, Riverton to the north, Draper to the east, and Lehi to the south.


Climate data for Bluffdale, Utah
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 41
Average low °F (°C) 25
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.51


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201713,484[9]77.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

Bluffdale is part of the Salt Lake City, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area.

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 7,598 people, 1,966 households, and 1,719 families residing in the city. The population density was 743.5 people per square mile. There were 2,059 housing units at an average density of 201.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 95.8% White, 0.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 1.1% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.4% of the population.

There were 1,966 households out of which 57.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.7% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.6% were non-families. Of all households 9.8% were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.86 and the average family size was 4.15.

In the city, the population was spread out with 38.2% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 5.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.2 males.

The average household income in the city was US$67,392, and the average family income was US$78,180.


Bluffdale is part of Utah's 4th congressional district represented by Democrat Ben McAdams (2018).

City Administration[edit]

Elected Officials
Official Position Term End
Derk Timothy Mayor 2022
Wendy Aston City Council 2022
Travis Higby City Council 2020
Dave Kallas City Council 2020
Ty Nielsen City Council 2020
Boyd Preece City Council 2020

Bluffdale's form of government is a six-member council form. The City Council is the governing body and is composed of the Mayor and five Council members.

The City Council has also established the office of City Manager by ordinance. The City Council has delegated the operational and day-to-day responsibilities of managing the City, its employees and services to a professional full-time City Manager. The City Manager oversees all City departments and reports directly to the Mayor and City Council.

The governing body holds all authority to:

  • Adopt Annual Budgets
  • Adopt Ordinances
  • Create Long-Range Plans for City Services and Utilities
  • Establish City Fees
  • Pass Resolutions
  • Regulate Zoning and Land Development
  • Oversee the Provision of Numerous Other City Services

Council Members are elected for terms of 4-years and terms are staggered so that only 3 elected officials’ terms expire at the same time. Municipal elections occur in odd years (2017, 2019, 2021, etc.) and are held during General Elections on the second Tuesday in November.

The Mayor and 5 Council Members are elected at-large.


Camp Williams is located in Bluffdale.

Utah Data Center[edit]

The Utah Data Center, Bluffdale, Utah (United States).

The Utah Data Center, also known as the Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center,[11] is a data storage facility for the United States Intelligence Community that is designed to be a primary storage resource capable of storing data on the scale of yottabytes (1 yottabyte = 1 trillion terabytes, or 1 quadrillion gigabytes).[12][13] Its purpose – as the name implies – is to support the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI), including storing details of people's mobile phone and internet use, though its precise mission is secret.[14] The National Security Agency (NSA), which will lead operations at the facility, is the executive agent for the Director of National Intelligence.[15] It is located at Camp Williams.

The planned structure is 1 million or 1.5 million square feet[13][16][17] and cost $1.5 billion[18][19][20] when it was completed in May 2014.[12][13] One report suggested that it also cost another $2 billion for hardware, software, and maintenance.[13] The facility is estimated to have a power demand of 65 megawatts, costing about $40 million per year.[12][13]


Bluffdale is in the Jordan School District.





Notable People[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Bamford, James (March 15, 2012). "The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)". Wired.
  6. ^ Government is tracking all U.S. phone calls; LA Times; June 6, 2013.
  7. ^
  8. ^ Average Weather for Bluffdale, UT - Temperature and Precipitation. Retrieved on 2018-11-02.
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  10. ^ U.S. Decennial Census
  11. ^ "NSA Utah Data Center". Facilities Magazine. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  12. ^ a b c Bamford, James (15 March 2012). "The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)". Wired Magazine. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
  13. ^ a b c d e Kenyon, Henry (Jan 7, 2011). "New NSA data center breaks ground on construction – Defense Systems". Defense Systems. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
  14. ^ Fidel, Steve (6 June 2011). "Utah's $1.5 billion cyber-security center under way". Deseret News. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  15. ^ "U.S. agency denies data center to monitor citizens' emails". Reuters. 15 April 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  16. ^ "NSA to store yottabytes in Utah data centre". CNET Networks. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
  17. ^ Bamford, James. "Who's in Big Brother's Database? by James Bamford". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
  18. ^ LaPlante, Matthew D. (July 2, 2009). "New NSA center unveiled in budget documents". Salt Lake Tribune. MediaNews Group. Retrieved 2009-07-05.
  19. ^ LaPlante, Matthew D. (July 2, 2009). "Spies like us: NSA to build huge facility in Utah". Salt Lake Tribune. MediaNews Group. Retrieved 2009-07-05.
  20. ^ Fidel, Steve. "Utah's $1.5 billion cyber-security center under way". Deseret News. Retrieved 6 January 2011.

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