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Midvale, Utah
Location in Salt Lake County and the state of Utah.
Location in Salt Lake County and the state of Utah.
Coordinates: 40°36′50″N 111°53′18″W / 40.61389°N 111.88833°W / 40.61389; -111.88833Coordinates: 40°36′50″N 111°53′18″W / 40.61389°N 111.88833°W / 40.61389; -111.88833
Country United States
State Utah
County Salt Lake
Area
 • Total 5.91 sq mi (15.32 km2)
 • Land 5.91 sq mi (15.32 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
4,383 ft (1,336 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 27,964
 • Estimate 
(2019)
34,124
 • Density 5,770.04/sq mi (2,227.74/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
ZIP code
84047
Area code(s) 385, 801
FIPS code 49-49710
GNIS feature ID 1430307
Website http://www.midvalecity.org/

Midvale is a city in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Salt Lake City, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. Midvale's population was 34,124 according to 2019 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Midvale is home to the shops at fort union, located on the east side of the city and the Bingham Junction economic center, located on the west side of the city. Midvale is centrally located in the most populated county in Utah, with the direct interchange between I15 and I215 located in the middle of the city. Midvale is one of the few cities in Utah to be home to two direct trax lines.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.8 square miles (15.1 km²), all of it land.

Climate

This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Midvale has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,760
1920 2,209 25.5%
1930 2,451 11.0%
1940 2,875 17.3%
1950 3,996 39.0%
1960 5,802 45.2%
1970 7,840 35.1%
1980 10,146 29.4%
1990 11,886 17.1%
2000 27,029 127.4%
2010 27,964 3.5%
2019 (est.) 34,124 22.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

According to the US Census Bureau, it is estimated that Midvale is home to 33,636 people. It is estimated that the population identifies as: 76.9% non-Hispanic White, 23.6% Hispanic or Latino, 4.3% Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 3.4% Black or African American, and 0.4% American Indian.

It is estimated that Midvale is home to 12,412 households with an owner occupancy rate of 43.3%. The median price of a home in 2018 was estimated at $241,200 whereas the 2020 projection for the median house price has climbed to $338,000 in less than two years.

It is estimated that 64.5% of Midvale's population is between the ages of 18 and 65. With 27% of the population below 18 and 8.5% above 65. It is also estimated that 49.7% of Midvale is female.

History

Just like the wandering Ute bands before them, Utah's Pioneer settlers began with a dependence on the land and the landscape; thus, early pioneers were quick to recognize the richness inherent in the Salt Lake Valley. They saw the abundant creeks and the grassy valley and envisioned farmlands and fields. They discovered the minerals and ores that envisioned thriving communities of commerce and industry.

Such was the beginning of Midvale City. The eastern part of the city forming agricultural neighborhoods, and the western areas forming a mining and milling settlement, each relying on the other for sustenance, protection, social interaction and commerce. The Union Fort area of Midvale City began as a center of agriculture.

The Old Town area of Midvale City began as a center of mining and industry. Pioneer families began arriving in 1851 to start the settlement, which blossomed in the 1870s as a result of mining in Bingham Canyon and the coming of the railroad. The area was then known as Bingham Junction, and was an important midpoint along the rail between mining in Little Cottonwood Canyon to the east and Bingham Canyon to the west. With the discovery of silver in Little Cottonwood Canyon and in Bingham Canyon, new people rushed to be a part of the growing business and industry located in the middle valley in Midvale City. Along with industry came the hotels, boarding houses, saloons, schools, and the people who made Midvale City's Old Town a center of the community.

Some scenes from the mini-series The Stand as well as scenes from the movies Halloween 4, Gentlemen Broncos, and The Sandlot, were filmed in downtown Midvale, including the interior of an old fashioned drugstore by the name of Vincent Drug. The store stayed in business and retained products in packaging over 50 years old for this type of display purpose. Vincent Drug was finally shut down in 2003.

Economy

Ally Bank (the banking subsidiary of Ally Financial), CHG Healthcare Services, Arctic Circle Restaurants, Veritas Funding, LLC, Sportmans' Warehouse, ZAGG, and Overstock.com are headquartered in Midvale.

School Improvement Network, an education consulting company, moved its national headquarters to Midvale in 2011.

Utopia Fiber, a publicly created fiber network is available in Midvale city, which allows for residents and businesses to have cheap and reliable gigabit and faster internet speeds.

Education

Jordan School District was the primary school district in Midvale until 2009. In 2007, citizens voted to split Jordan School District to create 2 separate school districts - Jordan School District and the newly created Canyons School District. The Canyons School District is now the primary school district located in Midvale. It began operation at the beginning of the 2009–10 school year.

Midvale has 4 elementary schools (Copperview Elementary, East Midvale Elementary, Midvale Elementary, and Midvalley Elementary), two middle schools (Midvale Middle School and Union Middle School), and one High School (Hillcrest High School).

Transportation

Roadways

Midvale operates under a grid system as the rest of Salt Lake County. However, as most cities originally operated under their own grid system, Midvale City was one of the last to transition to the county. I-15 runs down the center of Midvale, with I-215's interchange with I-15 meeting in the 7200 and state region in Midvale.

Bus

The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) operates a bus system that reaches into the city including a sky service bus route. Bus routes serve nearby light rail stations, multiple commercial districts (including the Shops at Fort Union and the State Street commercial district), office parks, and government offices. The ski bus route operates along the 7200 south corridor.

Rail

UTA's TRAX light rail operates two separate rails in Midvale. The city is home to three light rail stations: The red line has Bingham Junction, the Blue line has Midvale Fort Union and Midvale Center station. Trax both serves the red line and blue line routes in Midvale.

Notable people

  • Corbin Allred – Actor
  • Zane Beadles – NFL player for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Denver Broncos.
  • Mary N. Cook – LDS First Counselor in the general presidency of the Young Women
  • Richard Dutcher – Actor/director/writer/producer
  • J. Thomas Fyans – LDS General Authority
  • Gregg Hale – guitar player for multi-platinum selling British band Spiritualized
  • Christen Jensen – Educator and college president
  • Don L. Lind – American scientist, naval officer and aviator, and NASA astronaut
  • Dick Motta – NCAA Collegiate and NBA coach
  • Kent Ryan – Former NFL player with the Detroit Lions
  • Josh Savage – Former NFL player for the Tennessee Titans and New Orleans Saints
  • Scott Young – Former NFL player for the Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns
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