As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 42,274, having grown from 7,143 in 1990.
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.
Draper lies roughly midway between Salt Lake City and Provo.
Draper is bordered by Riverton and Bluffdale to the west, South Jordan to the northwest, Sandy to the north, Alpine to the southeast, Highland to the south, and Lehi to the southwest.
Snow usually falls regularly from November through March.
At the 2000 census, the racial makeup of the city was 91.25% White, 1.52% African American, 0.75% Native American, 1.30% Asian, 0.36% Pacific Islander, 2.71% from other races, and 2.10% from two or more races.
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The fort was never completed, as the feared hostilities did not materialize, and its former location is now the site of the Draper Historical Park.Monsoonal moisture from the south usually brings afternoon thunderstorms in July and August.Draper falls on the border of the humid continental/subtropical climatic zones, and is technically a cool/warm semi-arid desert environment, but with summer monsoonal moisture.The aim of this measure was to protect and preserve the Corner Canyon area for the future enjoyment of citizens of the city and the Salt Lake Valley area.In the fall of 2005, 1,021 acres (4.13 km) of property were identified and purchased for the development of Corner Canyon Regional Park.