Draper is a city in the US state of Utah with 42,274 inhabitants (as of 2010). It is located about 30 km south of Salt Lake City in the south-east of the Great Lake Valley on the slopes of the Transverse Range, a foothills of the Wasatch Mountains. The vast majority of the city is located in Salt Lake County, only a small part of it stretches across the ridge of the Transverse Range south to Utah County. Draper is now a suburb of Salt Lake City and part of its metropolitan area.
The Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Draper, built in 2009
|Situation in Utah|
|Countys:||Salt Lake County |
|coordinates:||40° 31′ N, 111° 52′ W|
|Time zone:||Mountain (UTC-7/-6)|
|inhabitants:||42,274 (status: 2010)|
|population density:||537.8 inhabitants per km2|
|area:||78.6 km2 (approx. 30 mi2)|
of which 78.6 km2 (approx. 30 mi2) country
|area code:||+1 801|
Draper is well known for the state prison of Utah, the central prison of Utah and the seat of the law enforcement agency of the State of Utah Department of Corrections. It is the only state prison carrying out executions. In 1977, the murderer Gary Gilmore was executed as the first offender after the death penalty was reintroduced.
The whole valley of the Great Salzsee was originally a plaza of the Ute-Indians. The first whites were the relatives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormones), who in 1847/48 moved across the Rocky Mountains to practice their young and controversial religion unharmed by persecution.
Draper is one of the oldest settlements in Utah, as early as 1849 Mormon pioneers moved south from Salt Lake City and built a small settlement in the far south of the valley at the stream of the South Willow Creek. Twenty families lived in the region at the end of the following year. They named their place first Willow Creek, later Brownsville, before he was named after Bishop William Draper, the Church of Jesus Christ, who moved to the settlement with his family in 1850.
Draper's economic base was chicken farms and sugar beet cultivation. This changed only after the Second World War, when the urban axis on the eastern shore of the lake of salt was urbanized under the mountains and finally draper in the south and at the breakthrough of the Jordan River slowly became the suburb of Salt Lake City from the adjacent Utah Valley. The influence increased in the 1990's, when Draper opened up large commercial areas and attracted companies and their employees.
Draper has grown dramatically from 7257 inhabitants in 1990 to 25,220 in 2000 to 42,274 in 2010, an increase of 67.6% in the last decade. Today Draper is the headquarters of the central call center of eBay and the headquarters of the first IKEA branch in Utah. Since 2009 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has its own temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the village.
Draper's growth attracted people with a much higher formal education than the region's average; 40.0% of Draper's residents have a college degree, up from 29.6% in Salt Lake County. This also results in an income well above average. Median household income in Draper was $87,290 in 2009, compared to $56,954 for Salt Lake County.
The Interstate Highway 15 connects the village in a north-south direction to Salt Lake City in the north and the Orem/Provo region in the south.
Sons and daughters of the city
- Douglas R. Stringfellow (1922-1966), politician
- Dia Frampton (* 1987), Singer-Songwriter
- Kealia Ohai (* 1992), soccer player