Sandy City, Utah, encompasses more than 20 square miles near Utah's capital, Salt Lake City. The town is a bedroom community with a strongly family-oriented population. More than 96,000 people call Sandy City home. The city is often called "Sandy," due to its famous "thirsty" soil that attracted a population of farmers in the 1800s.
Sandy City benefits from a strong economic base and a large, diverse work force. This combination results in a strong economy that serves to retain current businesses and draws in new businesses. Sandy City's major employers come from several different industries, including retail, health care, financial services and telecommunications. Sandy City's largest employers include:
Most of the population in Sandy is urban. Neighborhoods and districts of Sandy City accommodate around 26,600 houses, out of which more than 25,700 are occupied. Of the occupied houses, more than 21,600 are owner-occupied, while renters occupy around 4,000.
The Historic Sandy district, the original square mile of Sandy City, is different from other areas in the city. Lot and block sizes in this area are characteristic of nineteenth century Utah town sites, with historic and other older structures which often do not conform to current development standards. The district contains several older and unique architectural styles.
There are three public high schools, three private high schools, six public middle schools, four public elementary schools and five private elementary schools in Sandy City. Residents who wish to further their education also have a variety of options in the surrounding areas. These include:
There are several shopping options available to Sandy City residents and visitors, including South Towne Center shopping mall, Jordan Commons, and assorted specialty stores and boutiques. The city's dining options range from upscale establishments, where reservations are recommended, to fast-food pizza and burger joints.
Sandy City has a variety of cultural opportunities, including a museum, art center and amphitheatre. The Utah Symphony often plays at the amphitheatre, putting on summer concerts for free.
Currently, Sandy City is home to one sports team, the Real Salt Lake, which is part of the Major League Soccer Association. The home field for Real Salt Lake is the Rio Tinto Stadium. The stadium was built specifically for soccer it opened in October 2008 and hosted the MLS All-Star Game in 2009.
There are several places worth visiting in Sandy City:
Sandy is primarily served by Salt Lake City media outlets, including the daily newspapers Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune.