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Overview of Sandy

Sandy is tucked along the banks of the Wasatch Mountains, about 13 miles away from Salt Lake City. The community is an ideal spot for anyone interested in outdoor recreation. Due to the close proximity to mountain sports and outdoor recreation, there are year-round activities for everyone to enjoy. To boot, the modern amenities of Sandy mimic a major metropolis without the hustle and bustle of living in one.

Sandy apartments for rent are as diverse as the community. Sandy is constantly going through development with new apartment complexes and businesses. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Sandy today is around 89,200 residents.

Living in Sandy, UT

Sandy was first found by nomadic tribes such as Paiute, Shoshone and Bannock Indians who lived on the base of mountains as they traveled between Utah Lake and Bear Lake. The first settlers in the area moved to Sandy during the 1860s and 1870s because the land was far less crowded in the southern region of the Salt Lake Valley. Originally, the community only spanned one square mile and ran along the eastern edge of the Jordan River.

Farmers came to the area to test out the land that was considered very rich, stretching from downtown Salt Lake City to Point of the Mountain. However, it wasn't the farming industry that attracted many to the area, but instead the mining possibilities shaped the community of Sandy. Similarly, the railroad played a significant role in the thriving community because it allowed locals to transport their goods. In 1890, the mines began to fail and the community turned to agriculture. By 1893, Sandy was incorporated.

In the lake 1960s, the rural town boomed with new neighborhood developments and pocket communities. For many years, Sandy was simply a bedroom community for Salt Lake City, but residents and officials have continually made strides to turn it into a thriving community of its own.

Sandy Work and Study

There are several opportunities for employment in Sandy, as well as in neighboring Salt Lake City. In the community, the top employers include Alta View Hospital, Becton Dickinson/Deseret Medical, Shopko, Wasatch Building Products, Inc., Western Rehabilitation Institute, Discover Card and the South Towne Mall.

Students living in Sandy apartments often attend a post-secondary school in the area such as Salt Lake Community College. As the largest college in Utah, it has some of the most diverse opportunities for students. Serving more than 60,000 students on 13 campuses, students are able to choose from 120 areas of study. Other nearby schools include Western Governors University, Utah Valley University and LDS Business College.

Rentals in Sandy, UT and Cost of Living

Living in Sandy is moderately priced considering the beautiful landscape and close proximity to Salt Lake City. According to Best Places, the overall cost of living is 13 points higher than the national average, food is 7 points lower and utilities are 21 points lower. The mild climate in Utah plays a role in the low utility bills. Similarly, the average cost of rentals in Sandy is fairly average. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, the median gross rent is $998. 

Sandy Attractions and Special Events

In Sandy, many residents look forward to the Heritage Festival each year. The family-friendly event features live music, food, inflatables for children, a car show and much more.

Adventurers in Sandy find plenty of opportunities for recreation at the Alta Ski Resort, Snowbird Ski Resort and Utah Lake State Park. These are only a few of the area attractions, while others include world-class museums, various shopping centers and several professional sports stadiums and fields. The River Oaks Golf Course is another attraction that many residents enjoy.

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