Nestled between the Wasatch Mountains and the Great Salt Lake lies the friendly city of Centerville. Within fifteen minutes of Salt Lake City to the south and 25 minutes of Ogden to the north, Centerville offers a beautiful environment for the homeowner and a fast growing commercial climate for the local entrepreneur.
Although Centerville City is conveniently located in the middle of one of the nation's fastest growing regions, Centerville has retained a small town atmosphere and similar quality of life. Centerville enjoys a moderate cost of living, a four season climate, is home to the Davis Center for the Performing Arts and is located in the middle of the fabulous recreational and cultural opportunities available along the Wasatch Front. Eight major ski resorts are within a 45-minute drive of Centerville. The cultural treasures of downtown Salt Lake City, such as Ballet West, the Utah Symphony, Temple Square, and sporting events at the Energy Solutions Arena are fifteen minutes away. Centerville has excellent primary and secondary schools. Over 300 acres of parks and open space are available for individual, family and group activities.
Centerville is a family oriented community. Home and family are very important in Centerville. According to the 2010 Census, 30.5% of Centerville's population was under the age of 18. Centerville's median age is 33.7 and the average household size is 3.2. Centerville has its own Police Department.
In addition to access to the major metropolitan areas of Salt Lake City and Ogden, Centerville is 15 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport. Interstate 15 and the Legacy Parkway pass through the western portion of the city and are accessible from Parrish Lane. Centerville is a member of the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency (UTOPIA). UTOPIA is a state-of-the art fiber-optic network with fiber-to-the premise technology for blazing fast internet speeds that can facilitate digital television, VOIP, and new emerging technologies such as real-time video conferencing, telemedicine, and remote data storage and retrieval.
The Centerville Interactive Map allows you to click on “layers” to show what you may be looking for. Included in this map are the city boundaries, zoning, location of historic homes, the various subdivisions in the city, trails, private streets, garbage day, firework restriction area, and emergency management areas and districts.
Centerville has a humid continental-hot summer climate. This means that during the summer, daytime temperatures can be warm, but not too hot, and nighttime temperatures are cool and pleasant. Precipitation in the summer comes primarily from thunderstorms. Winter temperatures are cold but don’t usually dip below freezing during the daytime. Normally, the valley floor does not accumulate snow for extensive periods of time, the higher areas, including the mountains, can build to great depths and store massive amounts of water for use during the growing season. Most spring and fall months experience mild temperatures and many sunny days.
Average rainfall for Centerville is about 23 inches/year with April as the wettest month with 2.96 inches. The hottest month is July with an average high temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit and January is the coolest with an average high of 37 degrees Fahrenheit.
The modern history of Centerville begins back in the summer of 1847 when the Latter-day Saint pioneers arrived in Utah. Centerville currently has two written short histories and the Whitaker Museum for those interested in learning more about the history of Centerville. The histories are available on this site.
150 Years in Centerville
Compiled by Twila Van Leer
Latterday Saint pioneers had hardly settled in the Salt Lake Valley in the summer of 1847 before exploring parties began fanning out, seeking new sites where ambitious schemes of colonizing the entire Great Basin could begin...
Vestil Harrison, Centerville Historical Society
As written on plaque at Founders Park monument:
Centerville City operates under the "Six-Member Council Form of Government" option allowed in State law. The powers of municipal government under this form are vested in a Council consisting of six elected officials—five Council Members and the Mayor.
The Mayor is the chief executive officer. However, some of the Mayor’s powers and duties can be transferred to a City Manager, as is the case in Centerville. This delegation of duties to a City Manager has been done by the adoption of an ordinance by the City Council.
Centerville City is a member of the Utah League of Cities and Towns (ULCT). This is the only "lobbying" services the city pays for. The ULCT represents Centerville as well as 241 other municipalities within Utah at the state and federal levels and provides information, training and technical assistance to create a greater public awareness and understanding of municipal responsibilities, governance and administration.
To view what the League does for Centerville, click here.