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Old 10-21-2009, 10:40 AM
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Dear Forum,
I would like honest and no-punches-pulled advice about West Jordan (regarding possible residing there).
Now, I have lived in SLC for approx 3 years now, but do not know much about West Jordan. Here is how I see SLC, please tell me about WJ in a similar breakdown; (area of from capitol building N to about 3000 S and I 15 W - eastward)
The area west of the I 15 is not desireable to live for me at all. I hardly even go there, unless I have to. The area from State street up to about 500 E is also pretty bad, I would not live there. Too many apartments, poverty areas, abandoned/poorly maintained households. Too many transients walking around since it is downtown and persons have reasons to walk to something. The area from 500 e to about 1300 E is mixed, there are nice expensive/residential/quiet parts but also more and more unkept properties, apartments and shady characters. The 9th and 9th area is popular, but consists of alternative lifestyle artists and alike, not much family type life.
The area from 1300 E (avoiding 1300 E itself since fairly heavy traffic) and eastward from there is wonderful (and home prices reflect this). Peaceful, quiet, family oriented, well maintained, residential mostly, has soul with tree lined streets, a place where one likes to live.
In the North, the Avenues are ok if higher than about 5th (I personally dislike avenues though because of an ancient old feeling I have there and streets seem dead), the most expensive Federal heights. The more south you go the more average, bland and non desireable for me it gets.

When I once visited Lehi on a weekend, I drove through a residential low income area that was just full of life. Families were in front yards, kids were playing, it was full of life. I guess that is what I hope to expect from West Jordan, but avoiding some of my dislikes from above.
Are there known "worse" areas of WJ regarding lower income, bad maintenance, lowscale, unkept, abandoned, lots of apartments? What are the desireable areas (claen, nice, yet some soul, not too suburban and dead)? I am guessing around freeways, railroads, shopping areas etc may be not so good... Looking at a map, can one generalize and say that west of bangeter is better? What is an area of WJ that is comparable to the 15th and 15th area in SLC (very desireable)?
Well, I have written a lot, I hope I did not offend anyone with this, it is simply my opinion and view. I would be most grateful and obliged for your honest non politically correct answers....
Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-21-2009, 04:04 PM
Location: West Jordan
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I think you'll find this thread helpful. I just revived it recently and there was some good discussion: //www.city-data.com/forum/salt-...-february.html
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Old 10-29-2009, 12:02 AM
Location: Salt Lake, Utah
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So you would like a low-income neighborhood that's full of (family) life?
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Old 10-29-2009, 05:09 AM
Location: Winnetka, IL & Rolling Hills, CA
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West Jordan is ok. One of my best friend's here in Saskatchewan grew up in West Jordan. He went to Copper Hills High, then Granger in WVC, and then Salt Lake Community College. He says it is really nice, but I prefer the areas to the east, but it really depends on your personal housing budget and personal preferences.
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Old 10-29-2009, 11:57 AM
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There are some good things and some bad things about West Jordan. The good thing is that it's a pretty homogeneous population so there are less problems people living different standards. The bad thing is that it's pretty homogeneous. Another good thing is you get a lot of house for your money, the bad thing is that the commute in and out of there is long and slow on surface streets, no freeway access.
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Old 11-03-2009, 12:04 AM
Location: Utah
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Well the farther west you go the more unsafe I guess is what I would call it if you have kids. It is a little far from freeway access in some places and traffic gets pretty bad during rush hour because of bangerter highway. Other than that west Jordan is nice, pretty clean for being a bit more on the west side, mainly all houses though, besides Jordan landing there isn't many big shopping centers.
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