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Springville is a city in Utah Countymarker, Utahmarker, United Statesmarker. It is part of the ProvomarkerOremmarker, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 20,424 at the 2000 census. Just minutes south of Provo, Springville is a bedroom community for commuters who work in Salt Lake Citymarker and Provomarker. Other neighboring cities include Spanish Forkmarker and Mapletonmarker. Springville calls itself "Art City".


Springville is located at (40.162768, -111.604241) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.5 square miles (29.9 km²), of which, 11.5 square miles (29.9 km²) of it is land and 0.09% is water. Springville is located east of the average shore line of Utah Lakemarker, but the lake lies west of Interstate 15.


As of the census of 2000, there were 20,424 people, 5,975 households, and 5,024 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,770.5 people per square mile (683.3/km²). There were 6,229 housing units at an average density of 540.0/sq mi (208.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.58% White, 0.11% African American, 0.62% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.28% Pacific Islander, 2.23% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.77% of the population.

There were 5,975 households out of which 51.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.4% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.9% were non-families. 13.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.41 and the average family size was 3.76.

In the city the population was spread out with 37.4% under the age of 18, 12.7% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 14.0% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. The heavily weighted 18 to 24 year old demographic is largely due to the city slowly attracting students and graduates from the local Brigham Young Universitymarker, located nearby in Provo, Utahmarker. For every 100 females there are 98.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $46,472, and the median income for a family was $48,845. Males had a median income of $37,942 versus $26,098 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,634. About 6.6% of families and 8.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.



First explored in 1776 by Father Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, a Jesuit Priest, Springville was originally settled by eight pioneer families in 1850. Incorporated in February 1853, the city was first called Hobble Creek by the early pioneers because their horses were often hobbled (by loosely tying their front feet together) and left along the stream to graze in the lush grass. If the horses wandered into the creek, the hobbles came off in the water. Thus, the settlement earned its original name. Later, as the town grew, the name was changed to Springville because of the many freshwater springs in the area. The original name was not completely lost, however, as the canyon stream and golf course have retained the name Hobble Creek.

Springville is known as "Art City" due to its strong development of the Arts. Springville hosts its namesake art museum, the respected Springville Museum of Artmarker, Utah's oldest museum (circa 1937). The museum, housed in a historic Spanish Colonial Revival-style building, showcases collections of many well-known artists, both local and national, including collections of Utah Art, a major Soviet collection, early Americana, and the European Steed collection. Springville is the birthplace of noted sculptor Cyrus Dallin. The main street is dotted with bronze statues, including several from local sculptor Gary Price.

Springville has a thriving community which has experienced steady growth over the past ten years. The current 26,000 population is projected to more than double over the next sixteen years in line with the dynamic future expansion of its commercial, office, retail, and industrial sectors along the city's I-15 corridor.

Art City Days, held each June, is one of the first city celebrations of the summer season in Utah Valley. The citizens of this community join in a variety of activities to celebrate their community and the warmer weather. Activities include a parade, hot air balloons, contests, and sporting events.


Springville is served by Nebo School District. Public schools in this district within Springville include the following: Springville High School, Springville Junior High School, Art City Elementary, Brookside Elementary, Sage Creek Elementary, Westside Elementary, and Cherry Creek Elementary. Reagan Academy, and Merit Academy both charter schools, also located in Springville.

The previous Springville Middle School was turned into Cherry Creek Elementary when the Nebo School District reformed the school system, sending 6th graders back to elementary school and sending 7th graders to junior high school. Students from Springville also attend Mapleton Jr. High, and Hobble Creek and Mapleton Elementary schools in Mapletonmarker.


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