Woods Cross was named in honor of an early resident of Utah, Daniel Wood. Must be pretty cool to have a city named after you!
On the corner of 800 North and 500 West, where black gold meets the Union Pacific, is Woods Cross, UT, a 3.6-square-mile town bounded by the Wasatch Mountain Range and the Great Salt Lake. Originally settled by Mormon Pioneers seeking greener pastures for their cattle, this town of nearly 10,000 residents has evolved from an agrarian community to one centered around industry and transportation. Two refineries burn eternal flames from chimneys in this small town. Union Pacific, the Frontrunner, and other freight-laden rails, make stops on their way to and from coastal ports. Because of its proximity to Salt Lake City, Woods Cross is an ideal suburb for residents who want to escape the noise of the big city. In fact, despite heavy industry and 24 / 7 trains passing through, this small town maintains a "quiet zone" ordinance.
Moving to Woods Cross
If you need to secure a rental property, expect to pay a security deposit plus one month's rent. This town is small, but not so small that you can skate by on your country charm and pay nothing. Most rentals expect residents to pay for gas and electric, but water and basic cable are frequently included. See, some things are free.
Rental housing prices vary based on proximity to the refineries, the train tracks, and to the mountains. Apartment rentals with a view fetch more; and those apartments further away from the thick inversion layer that settles annually over the Salt Lake Valley during winter months are more desirable and therefore pricier.
Because of the size of the town, or lack thereof, competition for available property rentals in Woods Hole is fierce. Fortunately, there are plenty of neighboring communities, equally convenient.
Avenues: It's not quite Mayberry, but close. Quaint bungalows with rambling porches line the tree-lined streets of this neighborhood. Built on the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, this area draws a wide variety of residents, including healthcare professionals and artists alike. The incline might make you stumble, but the climate is a bit more bohemian with small cafes, funky shops, and macrobiotic restaurants. Parking is a premium here, and those who dare to parallel park on the street without a secure emergency brake are crazy!
Bountiful: Just east of Woods Cross, Bountiful boasts breathtaking views. Rental prices vary with the incline but are more comparable to Woods Cross. Further away from the refineries, the air is at least breathable. Two Creek Coffee House will be sure to satisfy your caffeine needs.
Centreville and Layton: Just north of Woods Cross, these towns are similar in size and population density. Rentals are comparable to Woods Cross, too, and are conveniently located for a commute to Salt Lake City or to Ogden.
Rio Grande: Located near the Salt Lake City train station and major bus stations, this is inner city living. Its location makes it an ideal bike ride or walk for those who work in Salt Lake City proper.
North Salt Lake: Just south of Woods Cross, North Salt Lake is the center of the refinery industry and convenient to highways and commuter rails.
Living in Woods Cross
Despite an economic recession in much of the United States, the Salt Lake Valley, including Woods Cross, has not been affected. It's an economically thriving community with a below-average cost of living index and a low rate of unemployment.
And you're not so far out in the boonies that you feel helpless.
There's plenty of parks for you to spend your weekend in. Check out Bountiful Memorial Park or Bountiful City Park.
The town hosts a shopping plaza with groceries and essentials. Regular bus routes operate frequent schedules along the I-15 corridor. In fact, nearly 75 percent of the Woods Cross residents use public transportation. How's that for civilization?