Sandy, with an estimated population of 88,418 (2005) is a suburb of Salt Lake City, and the sixth-largest city in Utah. Selected as the location for the Real Salt Lake's new soccer stadium, and planned for a 2008 opening, it will add a new dimension to the tourist and sports trades in the area. The city was also named the 23rd Best Place to Live in the USA by Money Magazine. The residential districts are located along the high slopes of the Wasatch Range which offer tranquil and inspiring views of the Sandy area.
Residents and visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities and outdoor locations in the area, starting with shopping at the South Towne Center. The arts and entertainment are supported and showcased at the Jordan Commons and the Southtowne Exposition Center, where Broadway plays and world-famous entertainers like the Bellamy Brothers and Roberta Flack can be enjoyed. Community events in the area include the Sandy 4th, Deck the Hall, the Christmas Concert Spectacular, and the Mayor's Appreciation Awards Banquet. The community also takes the look and feel of the area very seriously and encourages residents to beautify their homes with several award programs such as the Sandy City Beautification Awards. Nominations are taken from residents and judging takes place in early August every year.
For the outdoor enthusiasts, Sandy operates over 32 parks within the 28 square miles of the city, offering trails for biking, hiking, and running. Other parks offer interactive tours that highlight the unique flora and fauna. Some of these activities can be found at Lone Peak Pavilion and Park, Alta Canyon Sports Center, Bicentennial Park, Dog Park, and Hidden Valley Park. Winter sports are very popular and can be enjoyed at place like the Alta Ski Resort, Brighton Ski Resort, Snowbird Ski Resort, Ski Utah, and the Solitude Ski Resort.