Learn about Utah County, Utah. Below you can find community information, including vital statistics, information on local schools as well as resources for finding real estate listings and homes for sale in Utah County.
Utah County is one of 29 counties in Utah. The county covers the Provo-Orem metro area. The estimated population in 2004 was 403,352. This was an increase of 9.45% from the 2000 census.
Cities & Communities in Utah Valley/County
North Valley Area
Alpine is located on State Highway 74 in the extreme northeast corner of Utah Valley, five miles north of American Fork near the mouth of American Fork Canyon. Settled in 1850 by cattle ranchers, early names of Alpine included Fort Wordsworth, Upper Dry Creek Settlement, Lone City, and Mountainville.
A small yet relatively new community on State Highway 74 two miles north of American Fork, Highland was incorporated on July 13, 1977. Its location on the upper benchland at the base of the South Wasatch Range above Utah Valley gives the town its name.
One of the richer historical communities in Utah Valley, Lehi straddles Interstate 15 in the north central part of the Valley and is nearly bisected by State Highway 92. “The Pioneer City” was settled by early Mormon colonizers in 1850.
The newest incorporated city in Utah Valley, Saratoga Springs is located southwest of Lehi on the northwest shore of Utah Lake on State Highway 68.
Nestled behind Highland, American Fork, and Pleasant Grove, Cedar Hills is truly off the beaten path on State Highways 146 and 92 in the northern end of Utah Valley.
The westernmost community in Utah Valley, Cedar Fort sits on State Highway 73, about eight miles west of Eagle Mountain.
Fifteen miles northwest of Provo, American Fork stretches from the South Wasatch Range on the east to Utah Lake on the south. Named for the American Fork River, one of the main tributaries flowing west from Mount Timpanogos, American Fork is an accessible hybrid of suburban life and modern development.
Located just east of American Fork at the foot of Mount Timpanogos, Pleasant Grove has arguably the most melodic sounding name of all Utah Valley communities. The city’s location and view leave residents and visitors with nothing to apologize for.
Accessible by State Highway 73 fourteen miles southwest of Lehi, Eagle Mountain is a unique community situated in Cedar Valley northwest of Utah Lake. Incorporated on December 14, 1996, Eagle Mountain is one of the first truly “planned- before-incorporated” communities in the state since Mormon pioneers first settled Utah Valley in the 1850s.
Lindon is a two-and-a-half mile stretch of farmland bordering Orem to the south, Pleasant Grove to the north, Utah Lake to the west, and Mount Timpanogos to the east. Also settled in 1850 by Mormon pioneers, Lindon was originally named Stringtown because all of its first homes were built along a single road.
Orem/Utah Valley State College Area
Located five miles north of Provo off Interstate 15, lies the city of Orem. This city is the second largest city in Utah County and the fifth largest in the state. Orem deserves its moniker as Family City USA with nearly 85% of its family households headed by married couples and 50% of its residents under 25 years of age.
Vineyard is a small, close-knit community located next to Utah Lake in western Utah County. The town consists mostly of farmlands, and a majority of its residents are dairy farmers.
Provo/Brigham Young University Area
Situated in the heart of Utah Valley between the eastern shore of Utah Lake and the towering Wasatch Mountains is the city of Provo. Mount Timpanogos (elevation 11,957 feet) dominates the northern view from the city. Other rugged mountains east of Provo provide one of the most picturesque backdrops for a Utah city.
South Valley Area
Springville is nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, two miles east of Utah Lake and just five miles south of Provo. The city is ideally positioned with easy access to both Interstate 15 and Interstate 80. First explored in 1776 by Father Escalante, a Jesuit Priest, Springville was originally settled by eight pioneer families in 1850.
Situated between Hobble Creek and the Spanish Fork River, bordered by the majestic foothills of Sierra Bonita Mountain in the Wasatch Range, Mapleton is only 11 miles southeast of Provo. Mapleton, used by early settlers in Utah County for livestock grazing, logging, and farming, was officially incorporated in 1948.
Spanish Fork is located about nine miles south of Provo, and is built upon three alluvial fans formed by the Spanish Fork River. The Franciscan Friars named Sivestre Valez de Escalante and Francisco Atanasio de Dominguez were some of the first explorers to pass through the Spanish Fork area. The priests were in quest of a direct route from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Monterey, California.
Payson is a small, historic community located eight miles southwest of Spanish Fork in southern Utah County. Due to its beautiful setting near Mt. Nebo at the mouth of Payson Canyon, residents and visitors do not have far to go to enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, and other nature-related activities.
Located between Spanish Fork and Payson, off of State Highway 198, lies a small rural farming community known as Salem. Once known as “Summer Spring” by the Indians, and “Pond Town” by early settlers, Salem, was finally named after the birthplace of Lyman Curtis to honor his contributions to the community. There is a counterclaim that the community was named for Salem (Jerusalem) of biblical note.
Santaquin is a small agricultural town named after the Sanpitch Indian Chief who later became a farmer in the area.
Benjamin is an agricultural community near Payson and Spanish Fork.
Woodland Hills is a small rural community on the side of Loafer Mountain in southern Utah County four miles southeast of Salem.
Elk Ridge is a charming bedroom community, with wide open spaces, panoramic view of Utah Valley, and borders the Gladstan Golf Course.
Elberta is a small rural fruit producing community near the southwest tip of Utah Lake and close to the city Goshen. It was established in 1895.
The city of Goshen is located between Santaquin and Elberta on US highway 6 and is a small farming community in Utah County. Goshen is located in Goshen Valley, where Fremont Indian rock art, pottery shards, and pictographs can still be found in areas that have been protected from the elements.