South Jordan second-fastest growing city in the nation
According to a study by the U. S. Census Bureau, South Jordan was ranked the second-fastest growing city in the nation in 2011-2012. The city’s population grew 4.87 percent, bringing the population up to 55,934 from 50,418 previously.
“I am not sure that I can say that there is a single factor that can account for the tremendous growth we have experienced,” Mayor Scott Osborne said.
Osborne suggested that a well-built infrastructure, road maintenance, having a good balance of parks and open spaces and residential and commercial development, and access to mass transit have all played a role in the successful growth rate in the city. South Jordan also boasts of having many highly educated professionals as residents and has the lowest crime rate in Salt Lake County.
South Jordan officials have tried hard to promote the city as an attractive option to developers of both residential and commercial properties.
Economic Development Director Brian Preece said that the city’s flexible and professional approach to development was an advantage. South Jordan has gained the reputation of “a place the developers knew was a welcoming environment,” Preece said.
South Jordan still has a lot of space to expand. The Daybreak community, a development on the western side of the city near Kennecott, is one such area. The development is 4,100 acres, and only about 25 percent of that land is currently developed.
Daybreak is one of the key areas that South Jordan will focus on in its long-term development strategy.
While acknowledging the important role that Daybreak has played and will continue to play in the city’s growth, Osborne said that “over 50 percent of the growth and development was not in the Daybreak community.”
In addition to their plans of enticing new residents and continued housing development, South Jordan officials have also tried to emphasize the city as a center for commerce and business. In 2012, the city surpassed the $1 billion benchmark in retail sales.
The city of South Jordan is “desirous to bring additional services to the community. This will allow the existing citizens of South Jordan, as well as the continued growth of citizens, to shop within South Jordan,” Osborne said.