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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, Utah
Founded 1886
Incorporated October 13, 1978
Named for Bluffs (high cliffs) and dales (valleys) along the Jordan River
Area
 • Total 11.14 sq mi (28.86 km2)
 • Land 11.14 sq mi (28.85 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
4,436 ft (1,352 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 17,014
 • Density 1,527.29/sq mi (589.74/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
84065
Area codes 385, 801
FIPS code 49-06810
GNIS feature ID 1425844
Website bluffdale.com

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 2020 census, the city population was 17,014.

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.

History

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.

Geography

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.

Demographics

Bluffdale, UT 2017 Population Pyramid
Bluffdale, UT 2017 Population Pyramid
Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 1,300
1990 2,152 65.5%
2000 4,700 118.4%
2010 7,598 61.7%
2020 17,014 123.9%

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

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,598 people, 1,966 households, and 1,719 families residing in the city. The population density was 743.5 people per square mile. There were 2,059 housing units at an average density of 201.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 95.8% White, 0.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 1.1% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.4% of the population.

There were 1,966 households, out of which 57.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.7% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.6% were non-families. Of all households 9.8% were made up of individuals, and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.86 and the average family size was 4.15.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 38.2% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 5.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.2 males.

The average household income in the city was US$67,392, and the average family income was US$78,180.

Economy

Camp Williams is located in Bluffdale.

Utah Data Center

Utah Data Center Panorama
The Utah Data Center, Bluffdale, Utah (United States).

The Utah Data Center, also known as the Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center, is a data storage facility for the United States Intelligence Community that is designed to be a primary storage resource capable of storing data on the scale of yottabytes (1 yottabyte = 1 trillion terabytes, or 1 quadrillion gigabytes). Its purpose – as the name implies – is to support the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI), including storing details of people's mobile phone and internet use, though its precise mission is secret. The National Security Agency (NSA), which will lead operations at the facility, is the executive agent for the Director of National Intelligence. It is located at Camp Williams.

The structure is 1 million or 1.5 million square feet and cost $1.5 billion when it was completed in May 2014. One report suggested that it also cost another $2 billion for hardware, software, and maintenance. The facility is estimated to have a power demand of 65 megawatts, costing about $40 million per year.

Education

Schools

Bluffdale is in the Jordan School District. Within the city, there are five traditional public and four charter public schools. Bluffdale Elementary offers a Portuguese Dual Immersion program, while South Hills Middle School has been designated as a "School to Watch" by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.

Traditional Public

  • Bluffdale Elementary School
  • Mountain Point Elementary School
  • South Hills Middle School
  • Hidden Valley Middle School
  • Riverton High School

Charter Public

  • North Star Academy (K-9)
  • Summit Academy (Independence)
  • Summit Academy (14400 South)
  • Summit High School

Transportation

Roads

Bluffdale lies at the convergence of one major and two minor freeways: I-15, which runs north-to-south to the east of the city; Bangerter Highway, which runs east-to-west between Bluffdale and Riverton; and Mountain View Corridor, which runs north-to-south to the west of the City. Porter Rockwell Boulevard is a five-phase road project that will serve as an I-15 and Mountain View Corridor connection, the only east-to-west connection in county.

Public transportation

Bluffdale has no public transportation system. The commuter rail system, FrontRunner, passes Bluffdale but does not have a stop there.

Air transportation

Salt Lake City International Airport is approximately 28 miles (45 km) north of Bluffdale.

See also

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