This is the 14th in a weekly series of stories highlighting interesting facts about cities in Utah County.
Elk Ridge is one of the newer — and smaller — cities in Utah County. Here are 10 interesting facts about the southern Utah County city
— Stacy Johnson, Daily Herald
Elk Ridge is the sixth-smallest city or town in Utah County.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 population estimates, Elk Ridge has a population of 3,430. That makes it the sixth-smallest city or town in Utah County. The only cities and towns smaller in population than Elk Ridge are Woodland Hills, Cedar Fort, Genola, Goshen and Fairfield.
It is the third-fastest growing city in Utah County.
It may be small, but it Elk Ridge is growing. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has seen a 38.8 percent population growth since 2010, when the population was recorded at 2,436 residents. Only two Utah County cities have a higher rate of growth than Elk Ridge — Vineyard and Saratoga Springs.
The city is the third-smallest in Utah County by land size.
The city of Elk Ridge is a total of 2.7 square miles in size, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That makes it the third-smallest city in Utah County by land land size. The only cities and towns smaller than Elk Ridge in size are Woodland Hills and Goshen.
Elk Ridge is only 17 years old.
Elk Ridge was officially incorporated on Nov. 3, 2000, making the city officially 17 years old. It tied for the second-youngest city in Utah County, as Woodland Hills was incorporated on the same day. The only town incorporated after Elk Ridge and Woodland Hills in Utah County is Fairfield.
The population of Elk Ridge is young.
The average age of residents in Elk Ridge is 24.7 years old, giving the city the seventh-youngest average age of cities in Utah County, according to U.S. Census Bureau numbers. Provo, Santaquin, Highland, Cedar Hills, Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs all have younger average age than Elk Ridge.
In Elk Ridge, 8.4 percent of the population is under the age of 5 and 37.8 percent of the population is under the age of 18.
The area was once home to an 1800 acre ranch.
The area of Elk Ridge was once home to an 1800 acre ranch named Goosenest Ranch, according to Elk Ridge City. The ranch originally started as a 160 acre homestead by early settlers James and Mary Shuler. After Mary Shuler’s death in 1936, their son Dave Shuler bought out his siblings’ shares of the homestead and later purchased land around it to create the 1800 acre ranch.
As area was called Salem Hills before Elk Ridge.
In 1965, the Goosenest Ranch was divided among five siblings after the death of then-owner Dave Shuler, according to a history from the City of Elk Ridge. One of those sections was designed as the county subdivision or Salem Hills. However, the name was changed to Elk Ridge on June 15, 1978 when town residents voted for the change because of confusion between Salem Hills and the nearby city of Salem.
“This name was very appropriate because the elk could still be seen nearly every winter morning and evening as they journeyed from their mountain home wandering through the town to graze in the fields and orchards at the north area of the community,” the city’s history states.
The city is home to three city parks.
With only 2.7 square miles of land, it may surprise some that the city is still home to three city parks. Shuler Park is located near the City Offices. Mount Loafter Park is located at 1227 N. Bear Hollow Ln. and Elk Ridge Meadows Park is located at 205 W. Sky Hawk Way.
The city is home to 115 veterans.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city is home to 115 veterans, meaning that 3.4 percent of the city’s population served.
The city has a two-day city celebration each summer.
Each June, the city celebrates its residents and heritage with the Elk Ridge City Celebration. The two-day celebration typically includes a parade, the mayor’s dinner, a family dance party, movie in the park, a family fun run, fireman’s breakfast, and a carnival in the park.