Springville, Utah
Main Street with the snowy Wasatch Mountains in the background
Main Street with the snowy Wasatch Mountains in the background
Art City
Location in Utah County and the state of Utah
Location in Utah County and the state of Utah
Coordinates: 40°9′46″N 111°36′15″W / 40.16278°N 111.60417°W / 40.16278; -111.60417
CountryUnited States
SettledSeptember 18, 1850
IncorporatedApril 4, 1853
Named fora local spring
 • MayorMatthew Packard
 • Total14.39 sq mi (37.28 km2)
 • Land14.34 sq mi (37.15 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
4,577 ft (1,395 m)
 • Total35,268
 • Density2,459.41/sq mi (949.34/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)385, 801
FIPS code49-72280[2]
GNIS feature ID1446057[3]

Springville is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States, that is part of the Provo–Orem metropolitan area. The population was 35,268 in 2020, according to the United States Census.[4] Springville is a bedroom community for commuters who work in the Provo-Orem and Salt Lake City metropolitan areas. Other neighboring cities include Spanish Fork and Mapleton. Springville has the nickname of "Art City" or "Hobble Creek".


Memorial to Springville, Utah's pioneer mothers. It was unveiled in 1932 by sculptor Cyrus Dallin, who was born in Springville in 1861.

Springville was first explored in 1776 by Father Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, a Franciscan padre. What became Springville lay along the wagon route called the Mormon Road that Mormon pioneers and 49ers traveled through southern Utah, northern Arizona, southern Nevada and Southern California. From 1855, each winter trains of freight wagons traveled on this road across the deserts between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City until the late 1860s when the railroad arrived in Utah.[5] During the year 1849, a group of pioneers led by William Miller and James Mendenhall traveled to the Provo River area. Mendenhall and Miller explored a little further south and fell in love with what is now known as the Hobble Creek area.[6] Springville was settled in 1850 by eight pioneer families, led by Aaron Johnson,[6] who crossed the plains to Salt Lake Valley from the East and were directed by Brigham Young to settle 50 miles (80 km) further south.

Incorporated in February 1853, the pioneers called the city Hobble Creek because an early exploration team led by Oliver B. Huntington in February 1849 had a horse lose a pair of iron hobbles (restraints tied to the horse's forelegs) while the team was camped next to the creek.[7] As the town grew, the name was changed to Springville, after the Fort Springville. Fort Springville was named after the many freshwater springs in the area, particularly near the fort. The original name was not completely lost, however, as the canyon stream (and associated canyons), a local elementary school, and city-owned golf course have retained the name Hobble Creek.[8][9]

Springville is known as "Art City" due to its strong development of the arts. Springville is home to the Springville Museum of Art, Utah's oldest museum for the visual fine arts (circa 1937).[10] The museum, housed in a historic Spanish Colonial Revival-style building, showcases collections of many well-known artists, both local and national, including collections of Utah art, a major Soviet collection, early Americana, and the European Steed collection. It was dedicated by David O. McKay as a "sanctuary of beauty and a temple of meditation."[11] Springville is the birthplace of noted sculptor Cyrus Dallin. The main street is dotted with bronze statues, including several from local sculptors Gary Price and Jeff Decker.

Springville is a thriving community which has experienced steady growth over the past ten years. The current population is projected to grow to more than 50,000 over the next ten years, in line with the expected future expansion of its commercial, office, retail, and industrial sectors along the city's I-15 corridor.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of 14.4 square miles (37.4 km2), of which 14.4 square miles (37.2 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.34%, is water.[12]

Springville is on the west side of the Wasatch Mountain Range and 3 miles (5 km) east of the average shoreline of Utah Lake and almost entirely east of Interstate 15. All vehicular traffic that transports goods to the north, south, east and west funnels through the interstate hub near Springville's strategically important freeway location. A great potential with its strong connection to the arts, Springville is thriving community that has experienced steady growth over the past ten years. Its current population of 31,205 continues to increase with 4.6% annual growth.[citation needed]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 20,424 people, 5,975 households, and 5,024 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,770.5 people per square mile (683.6 people/km2). There were 6,229 housing units at an average density of 540.0 units per square mile (208.5 units/km2). The city's racial makeup was 94.58% White, 0.11% African American, 0.62% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.28% Pacific Islander, 2.23% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.77% of the population.

There were 5,975 households, of which 51.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.4% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.9% were non-families. 13.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.41 and the average family size was 3.76.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 37.4% under the age of 18, 12.7% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 14.0% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. The heavily weighted 18- to 24-year-old demographic is largely due to the city slowly attracting students and graduates from Brigham Young University, in the adjoining city of Provo, as well as Utah Valley University in the nearby city of Orem. For every 100 females, there are 98.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.

The city's median household income was $46,472, and the median family income was $48,845. Males had a median income of $37,942 versus $26,098 for females. The city's per capita income was $15,634. About 6.6% of families and 8.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.

In 2010, the population had grown to 29,466.[14] Ten years later, it had increased again to 35,268.[14]


Major businesses/employers in Springville include the following:

Mountains to the east of Springville, part of the Wasatch Range

Local events

Art City Days, held each year in early June, is one of the first city celebrations of the summer season in Utah Valley. Residents join in a variety of activities to celebrate their community, its history, and the warmer weather. Activities include a parade, carnival, hot air balloons, contests, sporting events, and fireworks.[15]

Springville is also home to the Springville World Folkfest, a week-long celebration of folk dance and music held every July at the outdoor amphitheater in the Spring Acres Arts Park.[16] Folk dance groups travel from around the world to participate in this festival. Folkfest performers are housed by host families in the Springville area.

Every May, Springville hosts the annual Indian Festival of Utah also in Spring Acres Arts Park, the state's only cultural event devoted to East Indian, Pakistani, and South Asian communities across the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. Formerly held in nearby Spanish Fork, it represents the small but thriving Indian American and South Asian American communities of northern Utah.

Springville Public Library with view of Wasatch Range in background


With Springville growing at such a fast rate, the need for a new library soon arose. The old library, the Springville Carnegie Library, could not fit the needs of the rapidly growing city. From 1965 to 2008, the library was housed in the north wing of the Springville Office Building of the time. The old building became the home of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum and the Springville Historical Society. Construction began on the current library in 2008 and was finished in 2011. Along with having over one million books, movies, and playaways, the new library hosts events, classes, and children's programs.


Springville is served by Nebo School District. Public schools in this district within Springville include Springville High School, Springville Junior High School, Spring Canyon Middle School, Art City Elementary, Brookside Elementary, Cherry Creek Elementary, Sage Creek Elementary, and Westside Elementary. Reagan Academy and Merit Academy, both charter schools, are also in Springville.[citation needed]

The Elizabeth DeLong School of the Springville Campus of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind is in Springville.[17] Its construction began in March 2019 with completion expected for January 2020. Jacoby Architects designed the school, which had a cost of $13 million.[18]


Under the Köppen climate classification, Springville has a humid subtropical climate (Cfa) or a humid continental climate (Dfa) depending on which variant of the system is used.

Climate data for Springville, Utah
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Mean daily maximum °F (°C) 40
Mean daily minimum °F (°C) 22
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.9
Source: weather.com [19]


Notable people

See also


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  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ Bureau, US Census. "Census.gov". census.gov. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  5. ^ "The Prairie Traveler - Itinerary VI". www.kancoll.org. Archived from the original on May 10, 2003.
  6. ^ a b Sylvester, Sheridan; University, Brigham Young. "The Settlers of Springville, UT". Intermountain Histories. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  7. ^ Huntington, Oliver (February 1849). "Journal" (Handwritten). Brigham Young University Special Collections. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hobble Creek
  9. ^ About Utah Valley, Utah History, Utah City Histories, utahvalley.org; accessed July 9, 2020.
  10. ^ "Museums". www.utah.com. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  11. ^ "Springville High School Art Gallery Historical Marker". www.hmdb.org. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  12. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Springville city, Utah". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  13. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  14. ^ a b "Springville, UT Census". Retrieved February 15, 2022.
  15. ^ "Springville Art City Days". www.springville.org. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  16. ^ "Springville World Folkfest". Springville World Folkfest. Retrieved March 11, 2023.
  17. ^ "Springville Campus Location". Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
  18. ^ Dodson, Bradley (November 22, 2019). "Springville getting school for the deaf and blind". Daily Herald. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
  19. ^ Average Weather for Springville, UT - Temperature and Precipitation. Weather.com. Retrieved on January 28, 2016.
  20. ^ Scribner, Herb (March 10, 2020). "Chad Daybell worked as a cemetery sexton in Utah cemeteries; dug graves as a BYU student". Deseret News.