This is the 19th in a weekly series of stories highlighting interesting facts about cities in Utah County.
Cedar Hills is a quiet little city in northern Utah County, but how much do you really know about it?
— Stacy Johnson, Daily Herald
Cedar Hills is home to more than 10,000 residents.
According to 2016 population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, Cedar Hills is home to 10,374 residents. Ten cities and towns in Utah County have smaller populations than Cedar Hills and 13 cities are larger.
Cedar Hills is one of the slower growing cities in Utah County.
Census numbers from 2010 put the city’s population at that time at 9,787. That means that the city has grown 6 percent since 2010. That growth rate is one of the slowest in Utah County in that time frame. Only Cedar Fort, Provo, Goshen and Fairfield recorded slower growth rates.
It is also one of the smallest cities by land size.
The city doesn’t take up much space in Utah County. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city covers just 2.76 miles of land. Only three Utah County cities are smaller than Cedar Hills — Elk Ridge, Woodland Hills and Goshen.
Cedar Hills has the third-highest population density of cities in Utah County.
With such a small land size, it may not be surprising that Cedar Hills has a high population density — the third highest in Utah County. According to 2016 U.S. Census Bureau numbers, Cedar Hills has 3,758.7 residents per square mile. Only Orem and Pleasant Grove recorded higher population densities.
Cedar Hills is 40 years old.
Cedar Hills was incorporated as a town on Nov. 2, 1977. It was certified as a city in 1999. Only Vineyard, Eagle Mountain, Saratoga Springs, Elk Ridge, Woodland Hills and Fairfield have been incorporated since Cedar Hills, making the city the seventh-youngest in Utah County.
The population of Cedar Hills is young.
The median age of Cedar Hills residents is 22.8 years old, compared to 24.4 median age countywide. Only Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs have younger median ages in Utah County.
In Cedar Hills, 7.9 percent of residents are under the age of 5 and 43.6 percent of residents are under the age of 18, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Not surprisingly, Cedar Hills was named after cedar trees.
According to Cedar Hills, the city is built on a bench that was created when the area was the shoreline of Lake Bonneville. Early settlers referred to the area as “The Bench,” but it was later referred to as Cedar Hills because of the growth of Cedar trees in the area.
Cedar Hills was once home to a turkey ranch.
The area where Cedar Hills now sits was once home to a nationally recognized turkey ranch. According to the Utah State Historical Society, Effie Warnick Adams and her husband Azra settled the area north of Pleasant Grove and developed a turkey ranch in the depths of the Great Depression.
The Utah State Historical Society says that the turkey ranch gained national publicity as Azra Adams served as the President of National Turkey Federation in 1956.
“That year the Adamses presented one of their large turkeys to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Vice President Richard M. Nixon, and Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson for Thanksgiving dinner,” the Utah State Historical Society wrote.
The ranch began to struggle in the 1960s as the area became more populated and residents complained of dust and noise caused by the ranch. The ranch also struggled with increases in wages for hired help and heavy losses. The ranch was put up for sale in 1971 and the Cedar Hills community would later be built on the land.
Cedar Hills has been home to a few notable people.
Cedar Hills has been home to a couple of sports greats in its time as a city.
Ben Cahoon, who spent 13 years in the Canadian Football League and is now an assistant football coach at Brigham Young University, lives in Cedar Hills. He was named the Cedar Hills grand marshal in 2011 for the city’s Family Festival.
Chad Lewis, former NFL player and BYU football great, lives with his family in Cedar Hills. Cedar Hills city recognized Lewis in 2014 for receiving the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award through the Boy Scouts of America.
Cedar Hills is home to five city parks.
Though the city isn’t large in land size, they do boast five city parks — Heritage Park, Sunset Park, Heiselt’s Hollow Park, Timpanogos Cove Park and Mesquite Soccer Park.
Amenities include sports courts, amphitheaters, a frisbee golf course, a pickleball court, pavillions, baseball and softball fields and playgrounds.