The City of Sandy Utah, also known as Sandy City is one of the many suburbs settled in the early 1860s that make up the County of Salt Lake, and the hub of towns that have become known as Salt Lake Valley. Sandy incorporated in 1893 is the fifth largest city in Utah, and is about to break the 100,000 mark in population. Located just 15 miles south of the state capital, Salt Lake City, Sandy is nestled against Cottonwood Heights and the Wasatch mountains on the East, the city of Draper on the South and West Jordan, South Jordan, Murray and Holladay on the West and North.
Sandy Utah History
The area was settled in 1863 as an agricultural community with 4 families claiming the entire 22.3 sq. miles that make up the boundary of today’s Sandy Utah. The city was given it’s name by Brigham Young because of the sandy soil and problems of irrigation. Silver was discovered in nearby Little Cottonwood Canyon in 1870 and the town became the nearest supply point for mining and miners, developing a personality as a rough and ready mining community. In 1873 a Railroad was built to connect the town with Salt Lake City. For the next 40 years, Sandy City became the smelter capital of Utah. In 1907, as mines were closing, the streetcar was built to connect Sandy with downtown Salt Lake City and Once again the town shifted gears and reverted to it’s agricultural roots. For the next 60 years, Sandy families farmed and commuted to the city, as a typical Utah town dedicated to church, family, and farming. Sandy had grown from 446 people in 1880 to 6000, ninety years later. Steady but limited growth branded Sandy as a agricultural/bedroom community serving Salt Lake. An explosion took place around 1970 when suddenly subdivisions, and a collection of small communities began to pop up in the South East corner of the Salt Lake Valley, and for the 30 years between 1970 and 2000 the population grew from about 6000 to over 100,000 people.
Sandy Utah Real Estate
Growth in the area since the late 90s has been steady, diverse, and substantial, averaging about 200 single family new home building permits a year, (Sandy UT new homes for sale) until 2006 when permits for new homes for sale exceeded 470 units. In spite of this dynamic growth, the planning commission can boast that 9 out of 10 property owners live within one half mile from a park. The city continues to grow, with a wide variety of new construction projects on the board and in the ground. In 2006 Sandy City was named by Money Magazine as the 23rd best places to live in America. In addition the city has been named each year for each of the last 10 years one of Americas “safest Cities”.