More InformationThe city lies in the Salt Lake Valley between the 9,000-foot (2,700 m) peaks of the Oquirrh Mountains and the 12,000-foot (3,700 m) peaks of the Wasatch Mountains and is part of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. The Jordan River flows through the middle of the valley and the city has a 3.5-mile (5.6 km) section of the Jordan River Parkway that contains fishing ponds, trails, parks and natural habitat. Salt Lake County fair grounds and equestrian park, 67-acre (27 ha) Oquirrh Lake and 27 other parks are located inside the city. As of the 2010 Census, its population was 50,418.
The city was founded 18 miles (29 km) south of Salt Lake City along the banks of the Jordan River in 1859 by Mormon settlers. An agrarian town for most of its history, today it is a rapidly-growing bedroom community of Salt Lake City. Kennecott Land, a land development company, has recently begun construction on the master-planned Daybreak Community for the entire western half of South Jordan. Daybreak could potentially double South Jordan's population. South Jordan is the first city in the world with two Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) temples (Jordan River Utah Temple and Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple). The city will has two TRAX light rail stops and will have one commuter rail stop on FrontRunner by 2012.
As of the census estimate of 2006-2008, there were 44,528 people, 11,628 households, and 10,459 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,450 people per square mile (945/km²). There were 12,051 housing units at an average density of 573.9 per square mile (221.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.6% White, 0.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.8% Asian, 0.6% Pacific Islander, 1.2% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.0% of the population. The racial makeup of Salt Lake County was 90.8% White, 1.8% African American, 1.1% Native American, 3.1% Asian, 1.4% Pacific Islander, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic of any race was 16.4%. The racial makeup of Utah was 92.9% White, 1.3% African American, 1.4% Native American, 2.0% Asian, 0.8% Pacific Islander, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic of any race was 12.0%.
There were 11,628 households out of which 49.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 81.1% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 10.1% were non-families. 8.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.83 compared to 3.0 for Salt Lake County and 3.13 for Utah.
There were 21,299 people employed over the age of 16 with 17,297 people working in the private sector, 2,857 in the government sector, 1,127 self-employed and 18 unpaid family workers. The mean travel time to work of 23.7 minutes. There were 3,610 people employed in educational services, health care and social assistance. There were 2,700 people employed in professional, scientific, management, administrative and waste management services. There were 2,557 people employed in finance, insurance, real estate and rental and leasing. There were 2,590 people employed in retail trade, 1,956 in construction and 1,899 in manufacturing.
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