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Lehi, Utah
City
Lehi Tabernacle in 1913
Lehi Tabernacle in 1913
Location in Utah County and the state of Utah
Location in Utah County and the state of Utah
Lehi, Utah is located in Utah
Lehi, Utah
Lehi, Utah
Location in Utah
Lehi, Utah is located in the United States
Lehi, Utah
Lehi, Utah
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Utah
County Utah
Settled 1850
Incorporated February 5, 1852
Named for Lehi
Area
 • Total 28.45 sq mi (73.69 km2)
 • Land 28.09 sq mi (72.74 km2)
 • Water 0.36 sq mi (0.94 km2)
Elevation
4,564 ft (1,391 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 75,907
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
ZIP code
84043
Area code(s) 385, 801
FIPS code 49-44320
GNIS feature ID 1442553
Website https://www.lehi-ut.gov

Lehi ( LEE-hy) is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States. It is named after Lehi, a prophet in the Book of Mormon. The population was 75,907 at the 2020 census, up from 47,407 in 2010. The rapid growth in Lehi is due, in part, to the rapid development of the tech industry region known as Silicon Slopes. The center of population of Utah is located in Lehi.

Lehi is part of the Provo–Orem metropolitan area.

History

Lehi, Utah RR Station
Old Lehi Train Station on State Street
NRCSUT97007 - Utah (6489)(NRCS Photo Gallery)
A pasture in Lehi

A group of Mormon pioneers settled the area now known as Lehi in the fall of 1850, at a place called Dry Creek, in the northernmost part of Utah Valley. It was renamed Evansville in 1851, after David Evans, a local bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Other historical names include Sulphur Springs and Snow's Springs.

The land was organized into parcels of 40 acres (160,000 m2), and new settlers received a plot of this size until the entire tract was exhausted. There was little water to irrigate the rich soil, so it became necessary to divert a portion of American Fork Creek. Evansville consumed up to one-third of the creek's water as authorized by the Utah Territorial Legislature.

The settlement grew so rapidly that in early 1852, Bishop David Evans petitioned the Utah Territorial Legislature to incorporate the settlement. Lehi City was incorporated by legislative act on February 5, 1852. It was the sixth city incorporated in Utah. The legislature also approved a request to call the new city Lehi, after a Book of Mormon prophet of the same name.

The downtown area has been designated the Lehi Main Street Historic District by the National Park Service, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.


Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 26.7 square miles (69.1 km2), of which 26.3 square miles (68.2 km2) is land and 0.35 square miles (0.9 km2), or 1.28%, is water.

View from Traverse Mountain

Infrastructure

Transportation

I-15 runs through Lehi, with five exits (at American Fork Main St/SR-145, Lehi Main St/SR-73, 2100 North/SR-194, Triumph Blvd, and Timpanogos Highway/SR-92) located in the city. The Utah Transit Authority operates a bus system that reaches into the city. Work on the FrontRunner South commuter rail began in August 2008, and the Lehi station opened for service on December 12, 2012. The Lehi station is located near Thanksgiving Point.

I-15 construction

Beginning in the spring of 2018, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) began major reconstruction of the I-15 between Lehi Main Street and SR-92 (Timpanogos Highway). The project is contracted to be completed by October 2020 and updates can be found online.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,907
1900 3,033 59.0%
1910 3,344 10.3%
1920 3,078 −8.0%
1930 2,826 −8.2%
1940 2,733 −3.3%
1950 3,627 32.7%
1960 4,377 20.7%
1970 4,659 6.4%
1980 6,848 47.0%
1990 8,475 23.8%
2000 19,028 124.5%
2010 47,407 149.1%
2020 75,907 60.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the American Community Survey (ACS) Demographic and Housing Estimates of 2016, there were 56,314 people living in the city with 14,853 housing units. The estimated racial makeup of the city was 94.6% European American, 0.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 1.3% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.5% of the population. An estimated 51.2% of the population was male with 48.8% female. The median age as of 2016 was 24.7.

According to the 2010 Census, there were 12,402 households, out of which 61.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.4% were husband-wife families living together, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.3% were non-families. 9.0% of all households were made up of individuals (living alone) and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.81 and the average family size was 4.08.

As of 2018, the median income for a household in Lehi was $74,200, and the median income for a family was $88,278. The per capita income for the city was $25,894, including all adults and children. The unemployment rate for Lehi was 3.0%. The job growth rate was at 2.6% and was expected to grow 54.8% over the next 10 years.

Climate


Climate data for Lehi, Utah
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 37
(3)
43
(6)
52
(11)
61
(16)
72
(22)
82
(28)
90
(32)
88
(31)
79
(26)
64
(18)
48
(9)
39
(4)
62.9
(17.2)
Average low °F (°C) 16
(−9)
19
(−7)
28
(−2)
34
(1)
41
(5)
48
(9)
55
(13)
54
(12)
45
(7)
34
(1)
25
(−4)
18
(−8)
34.7
(1.5)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.98
(24.9)
1
(25.4)
1.118
(28.4)
1.3
(33)
1.402
(35.6)
0.661
(16.8)
0.67
(17)
0.98
(24.9)
1.15
(29.2)
1.331
(33.8)
1.13
(28.7)
0.689
(17.5)
12.409
(315.2)
Source: weather.com

Attractions

Lehi Roller Mills

Lehirollermills
Lehi Roller Mills is a landmark in Lehi and famous for being featured in the movie Footloose.
Location 700 E. Main St., Lehi, Utah
Area 2.9 acres (1.2 ha)
Built 1905
Built by Wolf Company
NRHP reference No. 94000535
Added to NRHP May 26, 1994

Lehi Roller Mills was founded in 1906 by a co-op of farmers. George G. Robinson purchased the mill in 1910, and it has since remained in the Robinson family, currently run by George's grandson, R. Sherman Robinson.

At the turn of the 21st century, Lehi Roller Mills was among thousands of such family-owned mills operating in the United States. Fewer than fifty remain today. High demand keeps the mill grinding around the clock, six days a week, and the mill produces some 100,000 pounds of flour each day. However, in 2012 the Mills filed for bankruptcy with the intention of continuing to operate during the proceedings.

Lehi Roller Mills was immortalized in the 1984 film Footloose. It was featured as Ren McCormack's (Kevin Bacon) workplace and as the site of the dance.

The iconic turkey and peacock flour paintings of Lehi Roller Mills were painted on the silos about 1930 by Stan Russon of Lehi, Utah. He used a rope and pulley system to manually raise and lower himself to be able to paint.

At the time the film was made, Lehi Roller Mills was surrounded by nothing but vacant fields. In one scene, the Reverend Shaw Moore (John Lithgow) and his wife Vi Moore (Dianne Wiest) keep a wary eye on the proceedings while standing in a field some distance away. The area is now home to a variety of fast food restaurants and a shopping center.

Museum AL dinosaur
Lobby area in the Museum of Ancient Life (dinosaur skeletal mounts seen in the photograph: Othnielosaurus fleeing from Torvosaurus).

The Lehi Roller Mills were listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

Thanksgiving Point

Thanksgiving Point is a nonprofit museum complex and estate garden founded in 1995. It consists of five main attractions: Thanksgiving Point Gardens, Thanksgiving Point Golf Course, the Museum of Ancient Life, the Museum of Natural Curiosity and Farm Country. Approximately 1.45 million people visit Thanksgiving Point each year. It is also a location for Megaplex Theaters and has several restaurants and gift shops. It is the site for the region's only Tulip Festival, an annual Scottish Festival, annual Cornbelly's Halloween attraction, and Highland Games.

The complex is a 501(c)(3) organization, with operations funded by private donations, venue and event admissions, and profits from shops and restaurants.

Economy

2015-11-03 11 15 37 View from an airplane of the cities of Lehi, American Fork and Highland, Utah along Interstate 15
View of Lehi (foreground), American Fork (upper right) and Highland (upper left)

Lehi has been transitioning from an agricultural economy to a technological economy. This first started with the lengthy construction of a DRAM microchip plant by Micron Technology, which eventually evolved into a NAND flash memory business called IM Flash Technologies that was founded by both Micron and the Intel Corporation with headquarters in Lehi. Currently, 1 out of every 14 flash memory chips in the world is produced in Lehi. On June 30th, 2021, Texas Instruments announced that they would be purchasing this facility.

Adobe Systems based one of its U.S. buildings in Lehi, which is home to about 900 employees. According to the Adobe website, "The team in Utah is focused on engineering, product development, sales, marketing, and operations for the industry-leading Adobe Marketing Cloud."

IASIS Healthcare built Lehi's first hospital, which opened in June 2015. The company broke ground for the medical center in February 2014. The 23-acre campus houses a 40-bed, full-service facility with an emergency department, intensive care unit, medical imaging, cardiac lab, surgical suites, and labor and delivery.

Ancestry.com moved its headquarters from Provo to Lehi in May 2016. The headquarters building is located in The Corporate Center at Traverse Mountain.

Microsoft has an engineering department specializing in the next version of its MDOP (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack), code-named "Park City." Initially employing 100, Microsoft has built a second building to house its staff. Microsoft Southwest District is located at 3400 N. Ashton Blvd., Suite 300 Lehi, Utah 84043.

Other Thanksgiving Park tenants are Infusionsoft, Workfront, Vivint Solar, Agel Enterprises, DigiCert, Jolt and ProPay Inc.

Multi-level marketing companies XanGo, Young Living, Younique, Nature's Sunshine Products also have offices in Lehi.

Education

Lehi public schools are part of the Alpine School District with Sam Jarman as its current superintendent. Alpine School District has two high schools (Lehi High School and Skyridge High School), two junior high or middle schools, and ten elementary schools in the city.

Mountainland Technical College (MTECH) is a public technical training institution located in Lehi. MTECH serves high school and adult students at the Lehi location, offering programs of study in automotive, culinary arts, healthcare, information technology and a growing number of other industry and technical programs. MTECH offers community education programs such as training in basic computer skills and specific software programs and partners with many area employers in providing customized training for their employees through the Custom Fit program.

Challenger School is located in Lehi, in the Traverse Mountain area.

Notable people

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