West Jordan, with an estimated population of 68,336 is a city and a suburb of Salt Lake City in Utah. The city is located in a valley, surrounded by mountains that rise dramatically to an elevation of 11,752 feet. Named after the nearby Jordan River, the limits of the city begin on the river's western bank and end in the eastern foothills of the Oquirrh Mountains, where Bingham Canyon Mine, the world's largest man-made excavation, is located.
Settled by Mormons in the mid-19th century to provide natural resources and military defenses for Salt Lake City, the city has developed into its own regional center in the 21st century. Currently the city has four major retail centers; Jordan Landing is one of the largest mixed-use planned developments in the Intermountain West. City landmarks include the historic Sugar Factory, built in 1916, Gardner Village, established in 1850, and Salt Lake City Municipal 2 Airport, commonly referred to as "Airport #2," Salt Lake County's regional airport for smaller passenger planes.
Companies headquartered in West Jordan include Wasatch Software, Cyprus Credit Union, Mountain America Credit Union, and Dunford Bakeries. Corporations with regional centers in the city are Sysco, Kraftmaid, Balkamp, Fairchild Semiconductor, and Dannon Yogurt Company. West Jordan is the base of the Utah Army National Guard and home to the state's second-largest courthouse. The city has one major hospital, Jordan Valley, and a campus of Salt Lake Community College, which is planned to become the main campus upon completion in 2020.