This is the ninth in a weekly series of stories highlighting interesting facts about cities in Utah County.
You may know Lehi for it's annual Round-Up Rodeo, or for the fun at Thanksgiving Point, but here are 10 facts about Lehi that you may not know.
-- Stacy Johnson, Daily Herald
Lehi is the third-largest city by population in Utah County.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 population estimates, Lehi is home to 61,130 residents. That makes Lehi the third-largest city in Utah County, next to Provo and Orem.
Lehi has seen a 28 percent population growth since 2010.
In 2010, Lehi’s population was 47,407, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That gives the city a 28 percent population increase since 2010. The city is fifth-fastest growing in Utah County next to Vineyard, Saratoga Springs, Elk Ridge and Eagle Mountain.
Lehi is the third-largest city in Utah County by land size.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lehi is 26.34 square miles in size, making the city the third-largest in Utah County next to Eagle Mountain and Provo.
Lehi has one of the younger populations of cities in Utah County.
The average age of Lehi residents is 24.7, making it one of the younger populations in Utah County. Fifteen cities in the county have an older average age, and only seven have younger populations.
According to U.S. Census Bureau figures, 15.8 percent of Lehi residents are under the age of 5 and 43.3 percent of the city’s residents are under the age of 18.
The area was known by several different names before Lehi.
According to Lehi City, after being settled by Mormon pioneers, the area was known at different times as Sulphur Springs, Snow’s Springs, Dry Creek and Evansville.
Lehi is the second-oldest city in Utah County.
Lehi was incorporated as Lehi City on Feb. 5, 1852. It was the second city incorporated in Utah County, nearly 3 years after Provo, which was incorporated on April 1, 1849. According to Lehi City, the city was the sixth city incorporated statewide.
It was home to the first beet sugar factory in the region.
According to the Utah Division of State History, the Lehi factory of the Utah Sugar Company was the first beet sugar factory in the Mountain West.
The land for the factory was given to to the Utah Sugar Company by the town of Lehi, and in 1889, the company moved ahead with plans to build the factory. It remained in production until 1924, and the dismantling of the factory lasted until 1939, according to the Utah Division of State History.
It has been home to several famous people.
In its more than 166 years, Lehi has been home to some well-known people.
Garrett Bolles, who graduated from Westlake High School, was drafted as the 20th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He has played as an offensive tackle for the Denver Broncos for one season. He grew up in Lehi.
Actor Wilford Brimley is well known for his films including “The China Syndrome,” “The Thing,” “Tender Mercies,” “The Natural,” “Cocoon,” and “In & Out.” Brimley lived for several years in Lehi.
Known from the TLC series “Sister Wives,” the Brown family originally lived in Lehi. When the series began, Kody Brown and his four wives, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn, lived in Lehi, though they moved to Las Vegas in 2011.
Paul Cummings was a long- and middle-distance runner who earned a spot on the 1984 Olympic team. He compted in the 10,000 meter race at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He was also a former world record holder in the half-marathon in 1983. Cummings lived in Lehi after attending BYU until his death in 2001.
Porter Rockwell, who served as a bodyguard for LDS Church president Joseph Smith, lived in Lehi from 1858 to 1861.
There are quite a few businesses that call Lehi home.
According to a U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 Survey of Business Owners, Lehi has 4,379 companies located in the city.
Lehi has 28 city parks.
Lehi is home to 28 city parks, that feature many fun amenities, including sports facilities, playgrounds, pavilions, paved walking trails, a splash pad, a skate park, an outdoor stage and plenty of open space.
The Joseph D. Adams Memorial Park also has a monument to officers who have died in the line of duty.