Located southeast of the Great Salt Lake and surrounded by tall mountains on three sides, Draper is one of the largest family-oriented, attractive suburbs in the Salt Lake City area. Draper is situated along the Wasatch Front, 20 miles south of South Lake City, and it is part of two counties. Its Utah County portion belongs to the Provo-Orem municipality, and its Salt Lake County section belongs to the Salt Lake City metropolitan region.
Between 1990 and 2000, this city grew rapidly from just over 7,000 people to over 25,000. In 2016, Draper had almost 47,000 inhabitants. This translates to a population density of 1,554 people per square mile. Homes average 13 years in age and their median value falls just under $340,000. Almost 20 percent of Draper residents rent their homes.
Residents will find plenty of employment opportunities in a wide range of industries, including new-economy and traditional goods production. The areas west and south of I-15 benefit especially from extensive industrial and commercial enterprises.
Outdoor recreation opportunities include paragliding, skiing, hiking and rafting in the Wasatch Mountains to the east. These rise up as tall as 12,000 feet. The Oquirrh Mountains have a dry climate, peaks that reach just over 10,000 feet and are located to the southwest of Draper.
Popular attractions in the Draper area include Draper City Park, South Mountain Golf Club, Cowabunga Bay and the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.
Because of the proximity of the mountains and Great Salt Lake, the area has four distinct seasons and a semiarid continental climate. Summers are hot but dry with cool nights and low humidity. While the area is considered a high-desert environment, Draper sees more precipitation than normal for desert climates. That’s because the mountains and lake combine to create summer breezes. Additionally, thunderstorms drift down from the mountain ranges to provide precipitation.
Since the mountains block some of the cold air from the north and the salt lake regulates temperatures from the northwest, winters are cold but not severe. While the mountains see lots of snow, the average snowfall per year in Draper falls under 60 inches.