This is the 18th in a weekly series of stories highlighting interesting facts about cities in Utah County.
Vineyard will celebrate its Heritage Commemoration Day Saturday, honoring the city's history. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gammon Park. But how much do you know about the city by Utah Lake? Here are 10 things about Vineyard you may not know.
— Stacy Johnson, Daily Herald
Vineyard is home to more than 10,000 residents.
The most recent numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, put out in 2016, put Vineyard’s population at 1,673 residents. However, the extreme high growth rate in Vineyard make those numbers out of date.
According to Mayor Julie Fullmer, in July 2017, the city reports put the population at 10,250 residents. The most recent city report from December 2017 showed more like 12,500 residents.
The December 2017 numbers would make Vineyard the 12th largest city in Utah County.
Vineyard is the fastest growing city in Utah County — by a large margin.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 Census recorded 139 residents in the then town of Vineyard. Using the Vineyard City’s population estimates from July 2017, the city has seen 7,274 percent growth rate since 2010.
The next closest city in growth rate in Utah County is Saratoga Springs who saw a 51 percent growth rate between 2010 and 2016.
Vineyard is the fifth smallest city in Utah County by land size.
Vineyard may be seeing an extreme growth rate, but it is still one of the smallest cities by land size. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city covers 6.4 square miles of land, making it the fifth-smallest city in Utah County ahead of Cedar Hills, Elk Ridge, Woodland Hills and Goshen.
Vineyard is nearly 29 years old.
Vineyard was officially incorporated as a town in on May 11, 1989, and the city will turn 29 years old on Friday. It is the seventh-youngest city in Utah County. Eagle Mountain, Saratoga Springs, Cedar Hills, Elk Ridge, Woodland Hills and Fairfield were all incorporated after Vineyard.
Vineyard has the fifth-highest average household income of any city in Utah County.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income for Vineyard is $91,473, giving the city the fifth-highest median income of cities in Utah County. Only Highland, Alpine, Mapleton and Woodland Hills recorded higher median household incomes.
Vineyard was certified as a city in 2016.
For the first 27 years after it was incorporated, Vineyard was known as the Town of Vineyard. However, in the summer of 2016, the city was certified as a city of the 5th class, meaning that it had between 1,000 and 10,000 residents.
People originally began settling in Vineyard in 1899.
According to The Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine, the first settlers of the area where Vineyard now sits came in 1899. They settled the area bordering Utah Lake and it was organized as its own LDS ward in 1899.
Vineyard was named after grape vineyards.
Many of the earliest settlers in the area dedicated land to growing grapes, and the area was known for its vineyards, which is where the name Vineyard came from, according to The Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine.
Vineyard has only had three mayors.
In its 29 year history, Vineyard has only had three mayors. J Rulon Gammon served for 16 years as the city’s first mayor. Randy Farnworth served for 13 years as the second mayor and in November 2017, Julie Fullmer won her bid to be the city’s third mayor, and first female mayor.
Vineyard is home to quite a few veterans.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 Community Survey, there are 49 veterans in Vineyard.