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Old 07-18-2012, 06:31 PM
 
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I have a question for anybody who is familiar with bountiful or draper, and thanks in advance for your help! I work for an investment company and will be moving to utah within the next 5-6 weeks. I am 26, not married, and enjoy the outdoors and being social. I have visited salt lake city several times while I attended BYU-Idaho and am LDS. There are business opportunities for me to work in either community and I am trying to distinguish the differences. Having researched both cities I realize there are lots of similarities. Does anyone have input on the significant differences? I'm particularly interested in the social aspect but any major distinctions will do. Do you find the people, culture, mentality, or reputation to be different? How much does the "personality" or "feel" of the two cities vary? For instance, i've heard that bountiful has a reputation for being snobby/stuck up...but having never lived there, that could be an overblown generalization. Both sound impressive so far, so I'm asking to see if I may may prefer living in one community over the other. Thanks again for your help!
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:27 PM
 
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I'll keep this real simple. Anyone living in Bountiful may wish to dispute this, and that is fine. Pure and simple we looked at a lot in Bountiful on their "bench" Nice area to be sure. However one deal breaker. I have NO intention of living ANYWHERE remotely near a refinery, which is a reality for anyone living from North Salt Lake up to just north of Woods Cross. Even Bountiful is far too close for me thanks. Draper is a LOT more my kind of style. Close to Little Cottonwood and around the bend from Timpanogas. A better view as quite frankly my idea of a good view isn't necessarily the Great Salt Lake. Ok I've spoken my peace. Also I'm just not a Davis County kind of guy. I don't even start to like it north of Salt Lake until I get to Brigham City
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:22 PM
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Location: North Monterey County
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What dcisive said.

I have a co-worker friend who raised her kids in the shadow of the refineries.. ALL her kids have asthma and respiratory problems. She moved when she realized she was making them sick by living there.
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Draper, Utah
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We just bought a house in west Draper and we love it here. I am familiar with Bountiful as well, and I have to agree with dcisive on everything he mentioned. I think Draper has way better views, and I really love being in the Salt Lake Valley. While I don't hate Bountiful, it is very pretty nestled up there in it's nook and on the bench there... it's not my thing.

My husband says he likes to pretend that everything North of Salt Lake until you get to Brigham city does not exist. LOL. He calls it an "armpit." :P While I don't entirely agree with him, like dcisive, I prefer Draper.
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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I like Bountiful better; it's less crowded, closer to downtown and and upscale, yet with a more "down to earth" attitude than Draper, which seems to be just plain snooty to me.

As far as negatives go... You can live couple miles away from the refineries in Bountiful or your can live a couple miles away from the State Prison in Draper. I'm not sure which is worse!

Personally I like Centerville and Farmington (just to the North) even better than Bountiful... you get the benefits of Bountiful with enough distance to keep the refineries from ever being an annoyance.
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Draper, Utah
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We live in West Draper, 3 exits north of the prison, and we don't even know or feel like it's there

I also like Farmington, that is a good suggestion, Chango. It is a really nice little area, lots to do. So definitely another alternative
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Old 07-19-2012, 06:43 PM
 
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The better news for Draper is they have plans in place to move that penitentiary. I can't recite the legislatures details but that State Pen is moving a WHOLE lot sooner than that refinery every will not to mention the toxins emitted and that remain from that. So once again I don't consider them any comparison whatsoever. I'm with that other husband. Everything north of SLC to me is a armpit until you get to Brigham
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:03 PM
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Location: North Monterey County
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As far as negatives go... You can live couple miles away from the refineries in Bountiful or your can live a couple miles away from the State Prison in Draper. I'm not sure which is worse!
Carcinogens don't emit from the State Prison. On a daily basis.

Just Sayin'.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:07 PM
 
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Thanks for everyone's replies so far! any other major differences that i should be aware of aside from the prison and refineries? i do plan on visiting both cities within the month.
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Old 07-24-2012, 10:25 AM
 
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I've lived in Bountiful/Centerville for the last 17 years - love it! No one in my family has any health issues from living by a refinery. I think you can find snooty people anywhere if you look for them. However, I wouldn't encourage anyone who is single to live here. This is a fabulous place to raise a family, but for social life I think Draper is closer to more things, people, and activities. Good luck in your search.
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