Bountiful, Utah

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Bountiful, Utah
The Bountiful Utah Tabernacle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Bountiful Utah Tabernacle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Location in Davis County and the State of Utah.
Location in Davis County and the State of Utah.
Coordinates: 40°52′47″N 111°52′18″W / 40.87972°N 111.87167°W / 40.87972; -111.87167Coordinates: 40°52′47″N 111°52′18″W / 40.87972°N 111.87167°W / 40.87972; -111.87167
CountryUnited States
SettledSeptember 27, 1847
Founded byPerrigrine Sessions
Named forBountiful (Book of Mormon)
 • MayorRandy Lewis
 • Total13.5 sq mi (34.9 km2)
 • Land13.5 sq mi (34.9 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation4,797 ft (1,462 m)
 • Total44,098
 • Density3,152/sq mi (1,219.3/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
ZIP code
84010 - 84011
Area codes385, 801
FIPS code49-07690[2]
GNIS feature ID2409885[1]

Bountiful is a city in Davis County, Utah, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 42,552, a three percent increase over the 2000 figure of 41,301. The city grew rapidly during the suburb growth of the late 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s and was Davis County's largest city until 1985 when it was surpassed by Layton. Bountiful is Utah's 15th largest city.

Although a part of the Ogden-Clearfield Metropolitan Statistical Area, it serves as a bedroom community to Salt Lake City and the surrounding area. However, due to the very narrow entrance into Salt Lake County, roads between the counties often reach near-gridlock traffic during rush hour. The FrontRunner commuter rail has been running since April 2008, and the Legacy Parkway was opened on September 13, 2008. These were built to help alleviate the traffic load on Interstate 15 through the Bountiful area.


A home in Bountiful's Historic District.

Bountiful was settled on September 27, 1847, by Perrigrine Sessions and his family. It was Utah's second settlement after Salt Lake City. It was known as both Sessions Settlement and North Canyon Ward before being named Bountiful in 1855. This city was so named both because of the city's reputation as a garden place and because "Bountiful" is the name of a city in the Book of Mormon (Alma 52:9).[3] Most of the settlers, and also many of the present inhabitants, are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). The city also shares 14 other religious institutions including a Catholic school and church, Saint Olaf School, established in 1959. The Bountiful Utah Temple was dedicated in 1995 by the LDS Church. A tabernacle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is also located in Bountiful.

The city was incorporated in 1892 with Joseph L Holbrook as mayor.

In 1907 electric lights came to Bountiful through the efforts of its citizens.[4]

Notorious serial killer Ted Bundy snatched victim Debra Kent from Viewmont High School in Bountiful on November 8, 1974.

The city maintains a charming Main Street, with several locally owned shops, and is home to several big-box retailers.

The city celebrates its history at the annual Handcart Days celebration every July in conjunction with U.S. State of Utah's official holiday, Pioneer Day. Bountiful Handcart Days is a volunteer–driven event. People from three cities in the south of Davis County, Utah come together to commemorate the first group of Mormon Pioneers’ entry into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. The festivities include a parade, fireworks, games, entertainment, an art exhibit, and food.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.5 square miles (34.9 km²), all of it land.

The original portion of the city and downtown are located at the base of the Wasatch Range, which rises high to the east, overlooking the city. Most of the residential neighborhoods climb high up the slopes of the mountain. To the west lies a flatland that extends to the Great Salt Lake and the mudflats and marshes that border it. Areas of Bountiful include Val Verda in the southern part of the city.[5]

The cities surrounding Bountiful include: North Salt Lake to the south, Woods Cross and West Bountiful to the west, and Centerville to the north. Most land to the east of Bountiful is U.S. Forest Service property.


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Bountiful has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[6]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201844,098[7]3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

According to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau,[9] as of 2016, there were 44,708 people in Bountiful. The racial makeup of the county was 89.5% non-Hispanic White, 0.4% Black, 0.4% Native American, 1.4% Asian, and 2.1% from two or more races. 6.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.


The Latter Day Church of Christ has a presence in the town.[10]

Medical facilities[edit]

Lakeview Hospital is a hospital located in Bountiful. In addition, you'll find Bountiful dentists in the area as well as Bountiful InstaCare.

Public schools[edit]

Elementary Schools[11]

  • Adelaide Elementary
  • Boulton Elementary
  • Bountiful Elementary
  • Holbrook Elementary
  • Meadowbrook Elementary
  • Muir Elementary
  • Oak Hills Elementary
  • Tolman Elementary
  • Valley View Elementary
  • Washington Elementary

Junior High Schools[11]

  • Bountiful Junior High School
  • Millcreek Junior High School
  • Mueller Park Junior High School
  • South Davis Junior High School

High Schools

Sights of interest[edit]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bountiful
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ Van Atta, Dale (January 22, 1977). "You name it - there's a town for it". The Deseret News. p. 15. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  4. ^ "Bountiful City History". Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  5. ^ Edwards, Alan (May 29, 1996). "Val Verda Still Goes Its Own Way". Deseret News. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  6. ^ "Climate Summary for Bountiful, Utah". Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 20, 2019.<
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Bountiful city, Utah". Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  10. ^ "I left Mormonism". January 29, 2009 – via YouTube.
  11. ^ a b Davis School Districts Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  12. ^ Argyle, Bruce. "Website Editor". Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  13. ^ a b Joe Krein, Pat Priest Interview Retrieved January 9, 2018.

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