Draper, Utah is one of the most upscale, valuable, and desirable areas to live in all of Salt Lake City. The prestigious neighborhoods of Corner Canyon, Suncrest, and Hidden Valley are some the most expensive, upscale neighborhoods in all of Salt Lake County. Draper doesn’t often come to mind first with locals, due to it’s location in the far southeast corner of the Salt Lake valley. However, many top business leaders, celebrities, and professionals at the top of their field choose Draper to live in. Of all the beautiful places to live in Salt Lake, it speaks volumes that many of them choose Draper, Utah as their home. Because of the geography of the area, some of the best views of the Salt Lake Valley are found in Draper. Don’t quote me on this, but it seems like Draper has more homes up on the mountain, with city & valley overlook views, than any other city in Salt Lake County has. Draper also has a large number of Million dollar homes. As of the time I write this, there were 190 Draper homes for sale. About 20% of them were valued at over $1 Million. Not too shabby!
The city is known for high-quality, single family neighborhood and has 14,000+ households. As of the 2010 Census, the population of Draper was reported to be 42,274. The population in 2014 was reported to be 46,202. The estimated population figure for 2015 is approximately 47,000+.
Draper is the 10th largest city in the state in land area, encompassing 30.3 square miles.
The City of Draper lies 20 miles south of Salt Lake City, on the far southeast bench of Salt Lake valley with the Wasatch Mountain Range on the east and the Traverse Mountain Range on the south. Draper is located in the shadow of Lone Peak, Corner Canyon, Traverse Mountain, and the Point of the Mountain. Here is a map of the Draper city boundaries.
Draper City History
“Draper is a city rich in pioneer heritage and colorful character. In the fall of 1849, Ebenezer Brown, the son of Scottish immigrants, brought his cattle to graze the tall grass fed by mountain streams in the unsettled area known as South Willow Creek. The following spring, Ebenezer brought his wife Phoebe and their large family. Together they raised and fattened cattle to sell to immigrants heading to the gold fields of California.
Ebenezer was known as a prosperous, kind and generous man who often gave of his energy and substance for the benefit of the needy. Phoebe, the town’s first lady, greeted each new family and helped them adjust to their new home.
That same year the Browns invited Phoebe’s brother, William Draper III, his wife Elizabeth, a midwife / doctor, and their seven children to join in farming the area. Aunt Betsy, as Elizabeth was known, is remembered not only for her good deeds but also for the locomotive-like visage she presented as she walked through town, pioneer poke bonnet (the cow catcher) on her head and clay pipe (the smokestack) in her mouth.
The area grew rapidly and by the end of 1852, 20 families called South Willow Creek home. In 1854, the first post office was established with Phoebe Brown tending the office. The town was named Draperville in honor of William Draper III, who was also the first presiding elder of the small Mormon congregation in town.
Trouble with the natives broke out in 1854, and Ebenezer donated land at approximately 12650 South 900 East as a fort site. There the settlers lived, mostly at night, during the winters of 1855 and 1856. Thick walls were begun but never completed as the feared hostilities did not become a reality. The beautiful Draper Historical Park now graces the site of the old fort, and features statues of early pioneers.
Porter Rockwell, pioneer personality and bodyguard to Mormon prophet Brigham Young, was a frequent visitor to Draperville. A friend of Draper pioneer and Indian scout Joshua Terry, Rockwell occasionally found it necessary to seek protection from his enemies in the fields behind the home of blacksmith Lauritz Smith.
A child of Lauritz recounted the experience of taking a pot of stew to the pasture, leaving it, and then returning for the empty pot on a regular basis, not knowing why or who it was for. Brigham Young had dined at the home of Lauritz and, after complementing “Sister” Smith on her fine cooking, commissioned her to provide food for Rockwell whenever he was in the area.” – Courtesy of Draper City website
The popular Corner Canyon is a 4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail in Draper, UT. Dogs are allowed to use the Corner Canyon trail. Many websites rate the trail as moderate. The Corner Canyon trail is mainly used for mountain biking, hiking, and trail running, and is accessible from May until October.
There is a great website called Corner Canyon Trails, which is an excellent resource for info about specific trails in Corner Canyon, and news, updates, and event info.
There are 10 public schools in Draper, serving approx 8,621 students. Corner Canyon High School is the only public non-charter high school within Draper city limits. Additionally, Draper Park Middle School is the only non-charter middle school in Draper. There are 7 elementary schools, and 4 charter schools in Draper Utah.