Perhaps no community catches the Spirit of America more than American Fork. Tenderly balancing the small-town charm it was founded on with big-city job opportunities, American Fork is enjoying steady growth in industry and population. American Fork embodies the entrepreneurial spirit. Many businesses are choosing to relocate to this community because it offers a quality workforce and quality way of life.
Located 15 miles northwest of Provo and 30 miles south of Salt Lake City, it is bordered by Utah Lake on the south and by the Wasatch Mountains to the east, and is surrounded by the communities of Cedar Hills, Pleasant Grove, Lehi, Highland, and Alpine. American Fork’s unique mixture of old world charm and modern development make it a great place to locate a business or raise a family. Discovered by fur trappers and settled by Mormon pioneers, this historic town has become Utah’s fifteenth largest city. Conveniently situated just off Interstate 15 between Provo and Salt Lake City, it is an ideal location for commuters, families, and businesses.
American Fork’s workforce has a rare and unique skill set. The State of Utah has an unmatched number of bilingual residents of all ages. More than 30 percent of American Fork residents hold a bachelor's degree or higher. Utah Valley University, Brigham Young University, Mountainland Applied Technology College and Provo College are either located in American Fork or just minutes away. The city is served by the Alpine School District and is also home to a number of private, charter and vocational schools.
Quality of Life
The quality of life and community are enriched by the American Fork Arts Council, which presents a variety of programs throughout the year, as well as by the American Fork Symphony and the Utah Regional Ballet. The American Fork High School Bands have established a reputation for excellence. The American Fork High School Marching Band finished as a semi-finalist in the Grand Nationals competition in 2008.
Recreation and leisure needs are met by a fitness center, year-round recreation programs and the popular Fox Hollow Golf Course. A new state-of-the-art skate park was completed in 2006. With only 35 percent of the population older than thirty-five years, American Fork is also home to many young families. For a true celebration, come to American Fork during Steel Days. Parades, cooking contests, dances, and golf tournaments are just some of the events held during the celebration each summer. Recreational and camping opportunities abound, from the American Fork Boat Harbor at Utah Lake to Timpanogos Cave National Monument and the Alpine Scenic Loop, located in beautiful American Fork Canyon. The city’s central location puts it within a half day’s drive of Utah’s 15 spectacular national parks, monuments, and recreation areas.
Just minutes away from downtown’s historic Main Street are two state-of-the-art business and technology parks. North Pointe is home to Certiport, Tahitian Noni, HP Logoworks and Fidelity Investments. The Utah Valley Business Park is home to Dentrix, TwinLabs/IdeaSphere, DOMO, Novarad, Move Networks, Goyin and True North Academy. Both are progressive business developments close to Interstate 15. The city’s quality of life, together with its well-educated workforce and low business costs, make American Fork a natural choice for families and businesses.
Did you know?
- Money Magazine named American Fork one of the top 100 places to live in the United States. (2005)
- The city is a regional hub, home to the hospital, the Alpine School District headquarters and the Meadows shopping district.
- The average household income in northern Utah County is $79,200. (2007)
- Interstate 15 runs through the city, providing convenient access to Salt Lake City (30 minutes) and downtown Provo (20 minutes).
- 70 percent of residents report some college education, and 35 percent of residents hold college degrees. American Fork's workforce has a rare and unique skill set, boasting an unmatched number of bilingual residents of all ages.
- The American Fork High School Marching Band performed in the 2007 New York Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, in a United States presidential inauguration and were semi-finalists in the Grand Nationals competition in 2008.
- The city takes its name from the American Fork River. It was formerly called Lake City. The streams running into the lake were known as forks. The first settlers on the American Fork creek took the name of the stream for the settlement. American Fork was settled by Mormon pioneers in the summer of 1850 and was incorporated in 1853.
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