“How many people live in Park City, year round?” I’m asked this pretty frequently, especially by people who are looking at real estate in the area, and are considering a move to Park City. The answer isn’t completely straightforward.
The city of Park City has approximately 7500 year round residents. However, the area that's inside the Park City city limits houses only about ¼ of the year round residents that call “Park City” home.
Why? The Park City limits include the in neighborhoods in town- Park Meadows, Old Town, Deer Valley, Thaynes Canyon, so on. The city limits end at the white (McPolin) barn, and don’t extend past Quinn’s Junction- so, anything past the white barn is unincorporated Summit County. If you’re living at the Canyons, in the Snyderville Basin, Jeremy, Pinebrook, Silver Summit, Summit Park- or any other neighborhood outside of the McPolin Barn, you’re not included in that population figure of 7500 year round residents.
I live outside of the Park City limits, and my address includes "Park City". By default, if you live in one of the communities in unincorporated Summit County, near Park City, your address still includes Park City- which is great, Snyderville doesn’t have the same cache, right?
My family moved to Park City in 1981, and I grew up in the Silver Springs community. At that time though, pretty much everyone lived in town. We were, along with a few families in Jeremy Ranch, Pinebrook and Summit Park, living way out in the suburbs, or something like that. There was no Kimball Junction to speak of, and the one grocery store was in Park City, so we certainly felt like we were living way outside of town.
Times have changed. A lot of the year round population has shifted from neighborhoods in town, to the communities in the Snyderville Basin and surrounding areas. Three out of the four Park City elementary schools are outside the city limits. Park City High School does remain in town, I think mostly for sentimental reasons – at least that’s what I tell myself as I drive past the school and through the traffic in the morning.
More than the city limits, the boundaries of the Park City School District really seem to create the line between what is generally considered Park City, and what isn’t. There are some exceptions- for example, Promontory is located outside of the Park City School District boundary. For some people that intend to live here year round, owning outside the school district can create some logistical issues.
Questions about real estate in Park City, or about the community? Contact Quinn Eichner @ 435-640-1854.