Riverton, Utah

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Riverton is a city in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Salt Lake City, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 25,011 at the 2000 census, and 39,751 as of the 2008 estimates.[3] Riverton is one of the fastest-growing cities in the state of Utah, and was ranked by CNN Money Magazine as the 60th best place to live in the U.S. in 2005.

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Geography

Riverton is located at 40°31′14″N 111°57′19″W / 40.52056°N 111.95528°W / 40.52056; -111.95528 (40.520585, -111.955271).[4] Riverton shares city borders with South Jordan to the north, Draper to the east, Bluffdale to the south, and Herriman to the west. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.6 square miles (32.6 km²). The city is located in the Southwestern corner of the Salt Lake Valley about twenty miles (32 km) south and slightly west of Salt Lake City. Riverton City receives an average of 15.76 inches (400 mm) in precipitation each year. Snow can be seen in the winter, while during the summer temperatures occasionally break 100 °F (38 °C). Riverton has grown rapidly in the last few years, transforming it from a rural farming town into a suburban city. Businesses, housing, and roads have replaced many of the farms and cattle ranges.

Education

The public schools in Riverton consist of six public elementary schools (Riverton, Rosamond, Rose Creek, Southland, Foothills, and Midas Creek), two middle schools (Oquirrh Hills and South Hills), and one high school (Riverton High School), the most populated 10-12 school in Utah. Because of High School overcrowding, not all students are allowed to park at the school. A new high school will be built in nearby Herriman to relieve the congestion. The Riverton schools are part of the Jordan School District. The district was recently split (2009), and the district has attempted to raise property taxes by 40%. The result of the August 4th, 2009 hearing resulted in over angry 1000 citizens (according to SL Tribune) attacking the board for not touching administration salaries before passing on the large tax hike. The district settled on a 20% increase, the largest tax increase in the state.[citation needed]

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