This is the third in a weekly series of stories highlighting interesting facts about cities in Utah County.
As of Dec. 31, 2017, Saratoga Springs has officially been a city for more than 20 years, but did you know these interesting 10 facts about the northern Utah County city?
The land was originally developed as a resort.
The hot springs along Utah Lake originally attracted early settlers to the Saratoga Springs area, according to writings by historian Richard S. Van Wagoner. In 1862, John Beck began leasing the warm springs property to raise sheep. He began to dream up an area with a resort patterned after the Saratoga Resort in New York state. In 1884, he bought 1000 acres of land along Utah Lake, including the hot springs and named it Beck’s Saratoga Springs.
According to Saratoga Springs City, the resort had several buildings and amusement facilities and was a “very popular location for tourists and visitors.”
For decades, people headed mostly by hayride to Beck’s Saratoga Springs for recreation and for what they believed were the healing powers of the spring, according to Van Wagoner.
You can still visit the hot springs.
One of the most popular spots in Saratoga Springs for visitors is the Saratoga Hot Springs, which you can still take a dip in. The Saratoga Hot Springs, located on the northwest side of Utah Lake, is a naturally heated hot springs. The hot springs is about 109 degrees at the source, but has different cooler pools.
The population is 26,887.
According to July 1, 2016 population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Saratoga Springs is 26,887. That puts the city as the ninth-largest by population in Utah County, behind Provo, Orem, Lehi, Spanish Fork, Pleasant Grove, Springville, Eagle Mountain and American Fork.
It is the second-fastest growing city in Utah County.
In 2010, the Census Bureau’s population records show that the city was home to 17,781. The city saw a 51 percent increase in population since then, making it the second-fastest growing city in Utah County, next to Vineyard.
It is the sixth-largest city in Utah County by land size.
Saratoga Springs is 16.61 square miles in size, according to the U.S.Census Bureau, making it the sixth-largest city in Utah County by land area. The population per square mile is 1,070.3.
It is the fifth-newest city in Utah County.
You probably know that Saratoga Springs hasn’t been around as long as some other cities in Utah County, but did you know that it isn’t the newest city? Saratoga Springs was incorporated 20 years ago, on Dec. 31, 1997. Since that time, Cedar Hills, Elk Ridge, Woodland Hills and Fairfield have been incorporated.
The city has high graduation rates among adult residents.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 96.9 percent of adults over the age of 25 are high school graduates, higher than the Utah County average of 93.6 percent and the national average of 87 percent. Of the city’s residents over the age of 25, 44.7 percent have bachelor’s degrees or higher, compared to the 38.1 percent average in Utah County and the 30.3 national average.
It is the hometown of one of four women ever elected to the U.S. House of Reps from Utah.
In its time as a state, Utah has elected four women to Congress — Reva Beck Bosone, Karen Shepherd, Enid Greene and Mia Love — all four were elected to the House of Representatives. Mia Love, who still currently resides in Saratoga Springs, served six years on the Saratoga Springs city council before being elected as the mayor of Saratoga Springs. In 2012, she ran and won the seat for Utah’s Fourth Congressional District.
It is home to quite a few businesses.
According to 2012 U.S. Census Bureau numbers, Saratoga Springs is home to 1,595 of Utah County’s 47,840 businesses.
The city is home to 20 parks.
Saratoga Springs is home to 20 parks, including Neptune Park. Neptune Park features a large children’s playground with several unique items like a giant metal pyramid for climbing.
RC Airplane park gives locals a place to fly remote control airplanes. Marina Park gives access to Utah Lake, and features three floating docks, a boat ramp, fire pits, a fish cleaning station, a sandy beach area and outdoor showers.