West Haven only became an incorporated city in 1991, when the two unincorporated communities of Wilson and Kanesville were combined into one.
The city has grown a fair bit since 2000 when the population was only just under 4,000. Now (or as of the 2010 census) it's over 10,000, which is significant growth in only 10 years. Found in Weber County, Utah, West Haven is only 35 miles to the north of Salt Lake City, with Great Salt Lake only a few miles to the west and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest the same distance east.
Moving to West Haven
If you're moving to West Haven hoping to find an apartment to rent then you're going to have your work cut out for you. Only about 10 percent of the city is made up of apartment buildings, so the chances of sniffing out a bunch of luxury apartments are going to be slim. Bigger rental homes are far more common, with most of the local market occupied by three- to four-bedroom attached houses. There are a few other towns in the area, including Ogden, Roy, and Hooper, so many people living in West Haven will travel to other cities to work, making it more tricky to find somewhere to live. Don't rest on your laurels and make sure you've got everything you'll need to secure a place as soon as you find it by getting your references, pay stubs, and deposit cash all ready to go.
Neighborhoods in West Haven
You're not going to find a range of neighborhoods to choose from in West Haven. In fact, there is only one, so in some ways that makes your decision a bit easier! In general, most places to rent in West Haven are found in the center, with the eastern edge more industrial and the west leading out toward the countryside and the Great Salt Lake. You're going to need a car to get around, as the city has a poor WalkScore of just 17, so bear this in mind if you're thinking of relocating here.
Living in West Haven
West Haven is appropriately named, if you're looking for a single-family detached home, because it's almost exclusively comprised of them. Or, it may be appropriately named if you like the direction west. Either way, it's a haven of something. There's little to explore in the town itself, and many people travel to the nearby towns of Ogden, Roy, and Hooper to shop and dine, with others going further south toward Salt Lake City.
There is an outdoor vibe to the place, with the Great Salt Lake to the east and the snow sports resort of Snowbasin in the mountains to the east. If you choose to move there, however, you're going to need a car or bike or some form of transport, because it's not walkable and there's no real transit system running through the city itself, although Interstate 84 is literally right on the city's doorstep, making quick travel north and south a breeze by car.