Ap Human Geography Final Project

Topics: Population density, Population, Utah Pages: 24 (9509 words) Published: November 15, 2010
Located at the base of the Wasatch Mountains is the wonderful city of Sandy. Sandy City is one of the more populous areas of Salt Lake City and the 5th largest city in Utah. It is a large, mostly suburban area with a population of about 94,000 people. It extends from I-215 to the north, E 12300 to the south, W 10600 S to the west, and Little Cottonwood Canyon Road to the east.

Sandy has 4 quadrants: Alta Canyon, Bell Cayon, Crescent, and Sandy. I live in the Sandy quadrant, which is the 2nd largest of the 4 (after Alta Canyon.) While not being the largest in size, it is the most populous (and densely populated).

Sandy also has many recreational parks, and a very well developed transportation network consisting of many bus routes and a light-rail system called Trax. The area is also home to many shopping malls, large entertainment complexes, and a soccer stadium.

The area was first used by nomadic Native American bands of Paiute, Shoshone, and Bannock Indians who roamed along the base of the mountains. Permanent settlers first moved into Sandy during the 1860s and 1870s because of the availability of land. Brigham Young named the area Sandy City in 1873 for its thirsty soil. More and more settlers came to the area, and the population of Sandy steadily grew. Mining was very important in Sandy’s history. When silver mining began in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Sandy became a supply station, and it quickly developed. When the mines failed in the 1890s, Sandy underwent a significant economic transformation into an agricultural community. Up until the late 1960s, Sandy remained virtually unchanged. However, during this time, the rural town dramatically changed when population growth overwhelmed the physical center, and neighborhoods spread out in every direction over the land. During the 1970s, communities took shape, providing the services, schools, and shopping traditionally offered by a city. Sandy became a collection of small local communities identified by a youthful, family-oriented population. Nevertheless, in the 1980s, Sandy officials worked to create a community with an identity of its own and a vision for the future. Population

Sandy City, Utah is a fairly dense suburban area with a population of 94,000[1]. The map below shows us that the average population density is about 5,658[2]. However, Sandy has many different regions. These regions have very varied population densities. For example, the area near Sandy Creek has a population density of 6,093 and the area near the Jordan Gateway is 853. But the majority of the regions in Sandy tend to have high population densities. But even inside region, there are still diverse densities. Near Serpentine Way, the density is 5,289, and in the same region, near Albion Drive, the density is 4,859. Neighborhoods tend to be fairly distributed throughout all of Sandy. [pic]

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The area near East Serpentine Way is denser than the areas by Albion Drive or Kimsborough Road. This shows the diversity of population densities within the same region. Streets and neighborhoods tend to be pretty uniform throughout all of Sandy. All of the streets pictured below have roughly the same population densities[3]. [pic]

Since Sandy has a high population density, there are many consequences in the community. Because there are a lot of people, traffic is common. Housing is also an issue. You can only put so many houses in one place, and people need to live somewhere. If there’s a high population density, housing may become scarce in the future. In the future, overpopulation could also be a problem, and Sandy might need to expand to accommodate all of the residents. The population pyramid[4] majority of the people living in Sandy are aged 20-29 or 40-49, but there is a very high percentage of people aged 5-19. This shows us that there are many families in the suburb. There are more females than males living in...

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