World War II
Until 1940, Layton was a small and modest town. Prior to World War II, the population had never surpassed 600 people. However, in the 1940s the Hill Air Force Base was built just north of the town and when World War II broke out a few years later, Layton’s population immediately boomed as war workers moved into the area. By 1950, the population had reached 3,500 people. After the war, the town continued to slowly expand, but still remained largely residential. Since the war, nearly all of this town's residents commute to work at the Air Force base or to Salt Lake City.
Spend a Day at the La
Shopaholics rejoice, for Layton is also home to a huge and updated shopping center. The Layton Hills Mall is an enclosed shopping mall with three anchor stores: Dick’s Sporting Goods, JCPenney, and Macy’s. The mall first opened in 1980 and was renovated in when Dick’s Sporting Goods moved in and more shops were created on the upper level. Enjoy a day of browsing through more than 100 shops taking up a total retail floor area of approximately 620,000 square feet. The Layton Hills Mall is located at 1201 N. Hill Field Road, which is easily accessible from I-15, also known as Veterans Memorial Highway.
Study at Weber State
With part of the Weber State University campus in Layton, this quaint city is also an ideal place for students. Weber State University is a public college founded in 1889 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The main campus is located in Ogden, which is just 15 miles north of Layton, but there is an extended branch of the university located within Layton. You will not find a shortage of things to study here, with 215 different associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs for the offering. Expect to see Layton decked out in purple and white when the Weber State University Wildcats play.