Adapted from: Leonard, Glen M. A History of Davis County. Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society, 1999; “A Brief History of City.” Accessed April 23, 2020.

The area that is today Clinton was initially settled by James Hill and his family. At the time, the area was part of Layton, but gradually became a unique settlement, as ward boundaries were redrawn in the Davis area. In 1896, the Clinton and Sunset areas were placed together in the summit ward, splitting later in 1916.

Clinton was incorporated in 1936, and remained a small town until the 1960s. The population was only 670 in 1950, and a police department for the town wasn’t established until 1969. Clinton mirrored the growth in Davis county as the population boomed in the 1960s, jumping from 1,025 in 1960 to over 22,000 today.