The city of Riverton, Utah is situated about 12 miles southwest of Salt Lake City at the southern tip of the Salt Lake Valley. The city is made up of nearly 13 square miles and has a population just under 39,000 residents. For several years, Riverton was in a constant state of change as its borders were always being realigned with its neighboring towns. Finally in 2000, as the last of its neighbors set their borders and officially incorporated, Riverton was finally given a solid boundary.
In its early years, Riverton began as a simple settlement of scattered homes. Growth in the area was hard to come by due to a lack of fresh water. Over time, three canals were constructed, and as the fresh water began to flow into the Riverton area, so did the number of settlers. As more and more people came, businesses followed as well and the city also became an important agricultural center. Riverton’s growth continues to this very day. It is known as one of the fastest growing cities in all of Utah and one of the state’s best places to live. In 2005, CNN Money Magazine listed Riverton, UT as the 60th best place to live in the entire country.