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Cottonwood Heights, Utah
The old Cottonwood Paper Mill built in 1883 by the Deseret News in Cottonwood Heights.
The old Cottonwood Paper Mill built in 1883 by the Deseret News in Cottonwood Heights.
city between the canyons
Location in Salt Lake County and the state of Utah.
Location in Salt Lake County and the state of Utah.
Country United States
State Utah
County Salt Lake
Incorporated January 14, 2005
Named for Cottonwood trees
 • Total 9.23 sq mi (23.91 km2)
 • Land 9.23 sq mi (23.91 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
4,823 ft (1,470 m)
 • Total 33,433
 • Estimate 
 • Density 3,666.63/sq mi (1,415.66/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Area code(s) 385, 801
FIPS code 49-16270
GNIS feature ID 1440025
Website Cottonwood Heights City Official Website

Cottonwood Heights is a city located in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States, along the east bench of the Salt Lake Valley. It lies south of the cities of Holladay and Murray, east of Midvale, and north of Sandy within the Salt Lake City, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. Following a successful incorporation referendum in May 2004, the city was incorporated on January 14, 2005. Cottonwood Heights had been a Census-designated place (CDP) before incorporation. The population as of the 2010 census was 33,433. This is a significant increase over the CDP's 2000 census count of 27,569.

The corporate offices of Dyno Nobel, Fusion-io, Extra Space Storage, Breeze Airways, and JetBlue are located in the city.

In 2007, Money magazine rated Cottonwood Heights at #100 on their Best Places to Live list.


As the city's name suggests, its geography is dominated by a high ridge separating the valleys of the Big and Little Cottonwood Creeks. At the eastern edge of the city, these valleys narrow into the Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons within the Wasatch Mountains, respectively; this is reflected by the city's official nickname, "City between the canyons". The ridge is covered in suburban housing, but most commercial development has been restricted to the lower-lying areas north of the ridge (along Fort Union Boulevard, in Fort Union itself, and near Big Cottonwood Creek and the "Old Mill" in the northeast corner of the city).

State Route 190 and State Route 210 run near the eastern edge of the city and provide access to the canyons; they are the only state routes that enter the city. Interstate 215 runs along the northern border of the city and State Route 152 touches the city at a point. The city is building a multi-use trail along the full length of Big Cottonwood Creek within its borders.

Cottonwood Heights is in the Canyons School District; Brighton High School is the only public high school in the city. Butler Middle school is the only middle school in city limits.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP had a total area of 6.8 square miles (17.6 km²), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 22,665
1990 28,766 26.9%
2000 27,569 −4.2%
2010 33,433 21.3%
Est. 2019 33,843 1.2%

According to estimates from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute of the University of Utah, as of 2015, there were 34,234 people in Cottonwood Heights. The racial makeup of the county was 86.57% non-Hispanic White, 0.81% Black, 0.60% Native American, 4.51% Asian, 0.88% Pacific Islander, and 2.34% from two or more races. 4.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Notable people

  • Jackson Barton, American football tackle
  • Cody Barton, American football linebacker
  • Greg Curtis, Speaker for the Utah House of Representatives
  • Tristan Gale, Olympic gold medalist
  • Gordon Hudson, American football tight end
  • Bryan Kehl, American football linebacker
  • Trevor Lewis, hockey player
  • Reno Mahe, American football running back
  • Post Malone, American musician
  • David Neeleman, former CEO of JetBlue Airways
  • Boyd K. Packer, Latter-Day Saint leader
  • Mark Shurtleff, Utah Attorney General
  • Scott Johnson, Cartoonist
  • William R. Walker, Canadian-American Mormon leader
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