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South Salt Lake is a city in Salt Lake Countymarker, Utahmarker, United Statesmarker. It is part of the Salt Lake Citymarker, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 22,038 at the 2000 census.


South Salt Lake's history is closely intertwined with that of Salt Lake Citymarker's. It began in 1847 when Brigham Young brought settlers through Emigration Canyonmarker into the Salt Lake Valley.

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 creek. 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.

Sometime during the 1990s, South Salt Lake annexed nearby unincorporated areas and nearly doubled in land area, and, as a result, population.

In February 2008, demolition of a run-down area of northern South Salt Lake, just south of 2100 South between State Street and Main Street, will begin in preparation for the $500 million Market Station mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly development that by late 2009 will include a 27-story condominium building and 18 other structures, several of which will be locally-owned businesses. By 2013 it is expected to include a street-car line down 2100 South to the Sugar Housemarker neighborhood of southeastern Salt Lake Citymarker, extending from the light rail station nearby.[20448]

In 2009, a Chinatown is expected to open on a run-down lot in the city. It will be the only Chinatown in the Intermountain West area.[20449]


South Salt Lake has the highest rate of violent crime and the second-highest rate of property crime of any city in the state of Utahmarker. 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.[20450] With 4 murders in 2007, it had a murder rate of 18.7/100,000 (based on 2006 U.S. Census Bureau population estimates).[20451]


One of South Salt Lake's most notable and historic buildings is the Columbus Centermarker. 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 is located at (40.707895, -111.889068) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.9 square miles (17.9 km²), all of it land.


South Salt Lake lies within the Granite School District. It has 2 elementary schools and 1 junior high school. Granite High School 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 fate of the school is uncertain as enrollment has not been as high as expected. The City of South Salt Lake has considered buying the property.


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/sq mi (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.



  1. Deseret News - South S.L. may want to buy Granite High. Deseret News. August 31, 2007.

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