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West Valley City is the second-largest city in Northern Utah, after its close neighbor Salt Lake City. Surrounded by beautiful mountainous landscape and popular lakes, the affordable community also provides residents with great amenities and agreeable weather.
Climate and Geography
Utah’s steppe climate is characterized by hot, dry summers with plenty of sunshine and dry snow in the mountains.
West Valley City gets an average of 18 inches of accumulated rain, 42 inches of accumulated inches of snow, and approximately 224 sunny days each year. Summers may reach temperatures in the 90s while winter temperatures may fall to the mid 20s.
The Oquirrh Mountains and the Jordan River surround the West Valley City terrain.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Popular things to do in West Valley City cover a variety of activities such as concerts, visiting sights and landmarks, outdoor recreation, and shopping centers. Top attractions include Hale Centre Theatre, Maverik Center, Scales and Tails Utah, Fairbourne Station, Rocky Mountain Raceways, Valley Fair Mall, Megaplex Theaters, and Stonebridge Golf Club.
Cost of Living & Taxes
West Valley’s cost of living is lower than the state average. Factors like health care and housing drive the average down.
Utah has an effective income tax rate of 3.42 percent for single filers and 4.95 percent for joint filers. Retirement income like social security benefits are not taxed and railroad benefits are exempt. Qualifying taxpayers 65+ may claim a credit of up to $450.
Qualifying retired homeowners may receive tax relief from programs like the circuit breaker tax credit and other additional credits.
West Valley residents can receive health care from several hospitals in the surrounding area. Options include Intermountain Medical Center, only 5 miles away; it is nationally ranked and rated high performing in various procedures and conditions by U.S. News. Other high performing hospitals include Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, and University of Utah Hospital.