For more than
four decades Bountiful remained a sleepy farming community, but in the
1950s its close proximity to Salt Lake City made it an ideal residential
community for suburban commuters. Families started moving from Salt
Lake City to the suburbs, causing Bountiful's population to more than
double. Its demographics also changed since many of these new residents
were professionals (doctors, lawyers, educators, executives) who commuted
to work in Salt Lake City.
continued throughout the 1960s and 1970s but slowed in the 1980s to
only 11 percent. The 1990 census recorded a population of 36,659, revealing
that Bountiful had fallen to the position of the second largest city
in Davis County. Economic growth remains the city's top priority with
downtown redevelopment as its major concern.
See: Leslie T.
Foy, The City Bountiful: Utah's Second Settlement from Pioneers to Present
(1975); Charles Rendell Mabey, Our Father's House: Joseph Thomas Mabey