Draper is a city in Salt Lake located about 20 miles (32 km) south of downtown Salt Lake City along the Wasatch Front but still within the Salt Lake Valley. Most people think is the last city before you cross over the mountains into Utah County towards Provo. Between 1990 and 2000 Draper was Utah's fastest-growing city over 5,000 people (as of 2000). Its population in 1990 was 7,143 and had grown to 25,220 by the 2000 census. Draper is part of two metropolitan areas - the Salt Lake County portion is included in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, while the Utah County portion is part of the Provo-Orem metropolitan area.
The Utah State Prison is located in Draper, near Point of the Mountain (alongside Interstate 15). The execution of Gary Gilmore took place there on January 24, 1977. The winds on Traverse Ridge make it one of the world's best hang-gliding spots. Homes are now built all along both sides of the mountain there at at the top of the mountain is a subdivision called ‘Suncrest’ with views of both the Salt Lake Valley and Utah County.
Up until the 1980’s, Draper was a cozy pig and dairy farm area that was sold off and developed in the 1990’s and into the new century with large, modern homes. There is an LDS Temple now in Draper that opened in 2009. There are horse trails, biking and hiking trails along the foothills or ‘benches’ into Corner Canyon there as well .In 2004, Draper citizens voted for a tax increase that would pay for the purchase of key pieces of property in the Corner Canyon area. Draper is home to the main customer service center of eBay, the tech call center of PGP Corporation, the call center of Musician's Friend, and the headquarters of 1-80 Contacts.