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Moving to South Jordan, Utah? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Did you know that the first residents of South Jordan made their homes in caves dug out of a riverbank? Luckily, we’ve come a long way since then. South Jordan is now home to over 50,000 people and has become a bustling part of the Salt Lake metropolitan area. 

Moving to the area? Here’s everything you need to know about South Jordan, UT.

Surrounding Communities
Weather
Dining
Shopping
Outdoor Recreation
Local Attractions
What’s in the Area?
Schools
Jobs
Cost of Living
Culture
Transportation

Surrounding Communities

South Jordan Utah Map

South Jordan, UT is bordered by multiple communities in the area including West Jordan to the north, Riverton and Herriman to the south, and Sandy and Draper to the east. If you work or are looking at moving to anywhere in that area, consider ICO district Apartments. It’s right in the heart of the Salt Lake Valley, making dining, entertainment, and more just a few minutes away.

Weather

Green plants and purple flowers

South Jordan, UT, enjoys the four classic seasons of weather. Springs are warm and green with frequent rainstorms and occasional wind and thunderstorms. Summers are hot and dry with little precipitation; average summer temperatures are in the low to mid-90s, with occasional heat waves into the low 100s. 

Fall temperatures fall back into the comfortable 70s and 80s in the day and drop into the 40s and 30s at night. Winter temperatures hover around freezing with stretches of warmer temperatures and stretches of temperatures well below freezing.

Check out the 10-day forecast to see current weather trends.

Dining

Fried chicken and fries

South Jordan is a great place to live if you love eating out. There are dozens of great restaurants all over the city. South Jordan’s close proximity to Salt Lake City means it’s also only a short drive to some of Salt Lake’s finest restaurants. You’ll find cuisines from around the world right around the corner. Here are a few of the best restaurants in the area.

Raising Cane’s – This popular southern chicken restaurant is making its Utah debut right here in South Jordan! Since its opening, it has become one of the most popular restaurants in the area. Its most popular menu items are the chicken tenders and box meals smothered in Cane’s Sauce. The lines are long but managed well by the staff. If you’re a fan of fried chicken or simply want to see what all the hype is about, stop by for a taste!

Hands grabbing pizza

The Pie Pizzeria – Voted Utah’s best pizza, this unique pizzeria serves inventive and delicious pies such as bacon-berry pie, Thai pie, and The Greek. Family-owned and operated for all 40 years of its history, The Pie Pizzeria is more than just a restaurant. Pizza lovers from across the world have enjoyed visiting, eating, and writing their names on the walls of The Pie Pizzeria. Stop by and taste some of the best pizza in the entire state, and maybe even the country!

bacon mac and cheese and steak strips

The Break Sports Grill – In addition to being the only full bar in Daybreak, The Break Sports Grill is a great place to go for dinner. Their bacon mac and cheese and steak strips are both huge hits, but they have plenty of other options to choose from that are sure to please. 

The Break is more than just food and drink: There’s karaoke, bingo, poker, and more going on on an almost daily basis. Enjoy food, fun, and friends at The Break.

Sushi dish

Tsunami Restaurant & Sushi Bar – This restaurant sells upscale casual fare of the highest quality. Their sushi is made from the freshest seasonal seafood available. Every day, their fresh fish is flown in to ensure maximum freshness and quality. Tsunami strives to serve seafood only from sustainable sources—because where your food comes from matters.

Barbeque

R&R BBQ – Utah’s best competition BBQ team is serving up prize-winning BBQ. The men behind R&R BBQ have been living and breathing BBQ since they were children and learned the right way to do it from their parents. As they put it, BBQ isn’t fast food—it’s good food. Come see for yourself that BBQ isn’t just something you find in the South.

Shopping

Woman holding shopping bags

South Jordan, UT, is full of places to shop. Whether you need to stock up on groceries, buy school clothes, or complete some home improvement projects, you’ll find everything you need within minutes of your front door. Here are a few of the larger shopping centers in South Jordan.

The District – Large shopping center with big box stores, restaurants, and more

South Jordan Towne Center – Shopping center with multiple storefronts, including grocery stores, restaurants, and other retail locations

Uptown Cheapskate – Resale location accepting trade-ins and selling great used clothing

Outdoor Recreation

Jordan River Parkway Trail

Jordan River Parkway Trail – This popular trail runs along the Jordan River and is used frequently by walkers, joggers, bikers, and plenty of others. The trail runs from the north end of the Great Salt Lake all the way south to Utah Lake, with just a few sections left to complete before it’s finished.

Mulligan’s Golf and Games

Mulligan’s Golf and Games – Suitable for those looking to improve their golf swing as well as those just getting into it for the first time. There is minigolf, foot golf, and traditional but small golf courses at Mulligan’s. It’s a great opportunity to bring your family and get outside.

Glenmoor Golf Course

Glenmoor Golf Course – This 18-hole, par-72 golf course is kept manicured and beautiful for the players on this course. Glenmoor also has facilities for large parties and weddings as well as training facilities staffed by professional PGA tour members ready to help you reach the next level with the help of state-of-the-art facilities.

Oquirrh Lake

Oquirrh Lake – This unique man-made lake is part of the Daybreak community, but its trails and beach area are open to the public. Many residents enjoy walking around the lake in the evening, fishing, and even boating (non motorized). It’s a great place for a picnic or an afternoon with your family.

Local Attractions

Kennecott Copper Mine

Kennecott Copper Mine – One of the most prolific copper mines in the world, the Bingham Canyon, or as the locals know it, Kennecott Copper Mine is a unique south Jordan attraction located in the Oquirrh Mountains. It was named a historic landmark in 1966 and is definitely worth a visit if for no other reason than catching a glimpse of the massive crater left from decades of copper mining.

Gale Center Museum

Gale Center Museum – This city museum is the perfect place for kids. There are tons of interactive exhibits, hands-on objects, and recreations of historic buildings. The Gale Center Museum invites visitors to explore South Jordan’s history and become part of it. If you’re in the area, and especially if you have children, stop by this museum.

Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple of Utah

Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple of Utah – This Hindu temple is a beautiful example of Hindu culture and is very welcoming to visitors. There are Hindu religious services available at scheduled times throughout the week, but walk-in visitors are welcome too. As long as you’re willing to respect the religious beliefs and practices of those who worship here, you’re more than welcome to visit this unique Hindu Temple in South Jordan, UT.

What’s in the Area?

Roller coaster ride

South Jordan is right in the middle of the Salt Lake Valley and only a short drive from downtown Salt Lake City and all the events and activities that Salt Lake City has to offer. Just north of Salt Lake is Farmington, home to the popular theme park, Lagoon

Heading east from South Jordan will take you into the mountains, where great hikes and breathtaking views abound. It’s also where you’ll find great skiing at some of the famous Utah resorts like Alta, Snowbird, and others.

Most of the universities in Utah are relatively close to South Jordan as well. The University of Utah and Utah State University are to the north, and Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University are around 30 minutes south. 

South Jordan is a great central location for taking advantage of all that Utah has to offer.

Schools

Student sitting while smiling

South Jordan, UT, is part of the Jordan School District and serves over 56,000 students. There are dozens of schools throughout South Jordan, and most residents live only a short distance from a school. Most schools throughout the city are rated as above average and provide a great education for students. Although not home to a university, it is relatively close to the University of Utah and both UVU and BYU. There’s also a satellite campus of Roseman University of Health Sciences and a South Jordan location of Salt Lake Community College.

Jobs

Applicants sitting in a row

There are dozens of large companies in South Jordan employing hundreds of people. These companies are often hiring, making South Jordan a great place to live if you’re looking for work or plan on changing employment at some point. Because South Jordan is part of the Salt Lake Metropolitan Area, many residents work outside of South Jordan. Many commute to Salt Lake City for work or to other cities both north and south of South Jordan.

Here are some of the latest jobs in South Jordan, UT.

Cost of Living

Calculator and a piggy bank

The cost of living can be an important factor in deciding where to live. South Jordan is more affordable when it comes to groceries, transportation, and other consumer goods than the US average. Healthcare and utility costs are also about average. However, the average home price in South Jordan is much higher than the national average, which might mean an apartment makes the most financial sense. 

Here at ICO District Apartments, we offer luxury living at a competitive price. For those who do want to eventually buy a house, ICO District Apartments offers a homebuyer program that contributes 100 dollars towards the cost of a new Ivory home with every rent payment. 

Here’s more about the cost of living in South Jordan, UT.

Culture

Family having a meal outdoor

The average age of a South Jordan resident is around 33 years old. There are lots of families with children living at home. This means that you’ll see busy parks and lots of families out enjoying time together. Residents are friendly and value a sense of community. Because South Jordan is seen as a suburb of Salt Lake City, many of the residents relate more to the city.

Residents value their free time and enjoy spending time outdoors. Many residents own ATVs and travel trailers and spend time camping in central and southern Utah.

Transportation

TRAX stations

There are several TRAX stations in South Jordan along with a robust public bus system and access to the Frontrunner, a train that runs from Ogden to Provo. Of all the cities that make up the Salt Lake Metropolitan Area, South Jordan has some of the best access to the public transportation system.

For those with cars, Interstate 15 is on the eastern edge of the city, and Bangerter Highway runs through the center of the city in the east–west direction. On the far western edge of the city is the Mountain View Corridor, a large freeway.

In other words, living in South Jordan means transportation, both public and private, is easy.

You’ll love living in South Jordan! The convenience of city living is coupled with the beauty of the surrounding mountains, and everything is just a short drive away.

If you’re considering moving to South Jordan, UT, we hope you’ll consider living with us at ICO District Apartments. You’ll love our luxury apartments! Call (385) 308-5165 to learn more today.