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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
Country United States
State Utah
County Salt Lake
Founded 1886
Named for Bluffs (high cliffs) and dales (valleys) along the Jordan River
 • Total 10.22 sq mi (26.47 km2)
 • Land 10.22 sq mi (26.47 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
4,436 ft (1,352 m)
 • Total 7,975
 • Density 780.3/sq mi (301.28/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 385, 801
FIPS code 49-06810
GNIS feature ID 1425844

Bluffdale is a city in Salt Lake and Utah counties 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.

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. 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 a hotel 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.


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.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 1,300
1990 2,152 65.5%
2000 4,700 118.4%
2010 7,598 61.7%
Est. 2015 10,931 43.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

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

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,700 people, 1,112 households, and 1,028 families residing in the city. The population density was 286.0 people per square mile (110.4/km²). There were 1,141 housing units at an average density of 69.4 per square mile (26.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.96% White, 0.23% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.26% Pacific Islander, 1.19% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.34% of the population.

There were 1,112 households out of which 61.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 86.1% were married couples living together, 3.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 7.5% were non-families. Of all households 5.5% were made up of individuals and 2.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.23 and the average family size was 4.39.

In the city, the population was spread out with 41.3% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 16.2% from 45 to 64, and 4.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23 years. For every 100 females there were 101.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was US$66,615, and the median income for a family was $66,910. Males had a median income of $50,136 versus $23,469 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,813. None of the families and 0.2% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.

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