Cottonwood Heights is located in Salt Lake County, along the east bench of the Salt Lake Valley. It lies south of the cities of Holladay and Murray, east of Midvale, and north of Sandy. Following a successful incorporation referendum in May 2004, the city was incorporated on January 14, 2005. Cottonwood Heights had been a Census-designated place (CDP) before incorporation. The population as of the 2010 census was 33,433. This is a significant increase over the CDP’s 2000 census count of 27,569.
The corporate offices of Dyno Nobel, Extra Space Storage, JetBlue Airways, Overstock.com and Fusion-io are located in the city.
In 2007, Money magazine rated Cottonwood Heights at #100 on their Best Places to Live list.