In the newer east section of Sandy a majority of households meet the demographic profile of Furs & Station Wagons, according to Virginia-based Claritas Corp. These suburban neighborhoods are filled with well-educated, mobile professionals and managers with the nation's highest incidence of teenage children. "They are winners -- big producers and big spenders," the company says. A similar profile of Young Suburbia also shows up.

In the older section of town, Blue-Chip Blues makes up more than 90 percent of the population. These are predominantly, people with high school educations and blue-collar jobs reflected in fewer highend incomes and lower home values.

Origin of city's name

Depends on whom you ask. Stories are numerous. One story is that the train engineer who hauled ore from the mines to the mills was named Sandy. But most believe Sandy received its name because its soil is so sandy.

Date of incorporation:

September 25, 1893

Did you know?

Sandy has been the state's fastest-growing city over the past 40 years.

Median home price:



14 parks totaling 110 acres

4 miniparks

27 playing fields

28 tennis courts

3 golf courses

22 playgrounds

3 movie theaters

70 licensed restaurants

Crime (1990):

Murder, 0

Rape, 14

Robbery, 26

Aggravated assault, 118

Burglary, 719

Median age:


Household size:

3.85 persons per household

Political profile:

In the 1988 presidential election, 19,156 Sandy residents voted for George Bush, and 6,986 voted for Michael Dukakis. 87.6 % of registered voters participated in the election.

Largest taxpayer:

South Towne Mall, paid $482,902 in taxes in 1990.

Largest employer:

Becton Dickinson Deseret Division, formerly Deseret Medical, a major manufacturer of medical supplies. Employs 1,038.



White: 72,846

Black: 140

American Indian: 232

Asian or Pacific Is.: 1,271

Other race: 569

Hispanic*: 906

*may be of any race

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Sandy City government, Claritas Corp.