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Overview of Riverton, Utah, United States

Riverton is situated in Salt Lake County of Utah, USA. Riverton is one of Utah's fastest growing cities. At the 2000 census, the city's population was only 25,011. By July 2007, the estimated total population was 41,392. Riverton is also part of the Salt Lake City, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 2005, CNN Money Magazine rated Riverton as the 60th best place to live in the USA.

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  • Population: 41,392
  • Population Density: 3,285.1/mi²
  • Area: 12.6/mi²
  • Latitude: 40.520585
  • Longitude: -111.955271
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Elevation: 4,439 ft
  • Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time Zone
  • Language: English
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History of Riverton, Utah

The Riverton area was settled in the mid-1850s. The beginnings of a community life commenced with the organization of a branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In 1879, the community built their first meeting/school house. Also that same year a judicial precinct was established. Judge Charles Smith of Riverton officially changed the settlement name from Gardnersville to Riverton. As Riverton began to grow in population, the city also began to expand. It wasn't long before the community required a new meeting house. Construction for the building lasted from 1899-1908. By 1914, the city of Riverton prospered as an agricultural community. Businesses, commercial buildings and other structures were established as Riverton became more prosperous. Farming was the major business in Riverton. Farmers of Riverton concentrated mostly on alfalfa, wheat, sugar beets, tomatoes, poultry, sheep or dairy cows. Technological developments were a major help to farmers at that time. It wasn't until 1912 when the Riverton area received electricity. The Salt Lake and Utah Railroad finally reached Riverton in 1913. However, by 1945 the rails and ties were removed.

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Riverton's Demographics

As of 2000, it was determined that the City of Riverton held about 25,011 people, 6,348 households, and 5,884 families. The racial demographics of the city was 96.45% White, 0.22% African-American, 0.24% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.24% Pacific Islander, 1.02% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. 3.17% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race. The median income for a household then was $63,980, and the median income for a family was $65,330. The city's per capita income then was $17,643.

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Riverton's Climate

Riverton is located in a desert within Utah. During the summer temperatures reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Riverton experiences some snow during the winter months. The average annual precipitation is 15.76 inches. The climate in the Riverton region plays a major role for the agriculture. Wheat, alfalfa, tomatoes and sugar beets are the crops that are able to survive such a climate.

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Education in Riverton, Utah

The City of Riverton is served by the Jordan School District. This school district contains the following public schools: 6 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 1 high school.

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Transportation around Riverton, Utah

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Tourism and Attractions of Riverton

Riverton City has various sites of attraction within the city. The city is home to several municipal parks, recreation centers, baseball fields, horse arenas, a rodeo facility, and picnic areas.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Riverton
  • Bluffdale
  • Ophir

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Geography of Riverton, Utah

The city has a total area of 12.6 square miles, all of it being land. Riverton City is located in Salt Lake Valley's southwestern corner. It is bordered by several cities including: South Jordan, Draper, Bluffdale, and Herriman.

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Riverton's Government

Riverton is served by a Mayor/City Council form of municipal government. The mayor and the 5 council members are responsible for managing the city's daily operations. The current mayor of Riverton is Bill Applegarth.

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Riverton's Economy and Industry

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Riverton's Culture and Significant Events

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Sports in Riverton, Utah

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Media of Riverton

Residents of Riverton have access to newspapers, radio stations, and television stations broadcasting from nearby larger cities. Since the city is located in Salt Lake County, it receives the following county newspapers: Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News, and Magna Times.

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