4, 1896, the 45th State
Total Area: 13th
among states 219,887 sq km (84,899 sq mi)
Water Area: 7,086
sq km (2,736 sq mi)
Highest - King's Peak, 13,528 ft (4,123 m) above
Lowest - Beaverdam Creek in Washington
County, 2,000 ft (610 m) above sea level
Total Population: 34th
2010 census - 2,763,885
Population Density in
people per sq mi
Distribution in 2000: 86.8%
Urban, 13.2% Rural
Gross State Product - $116.9
Personal income per Capita - $30,875
Largest cities in 2010:
Salt Lake City:
West Valley City: 129,480
Of the 50 states,
Utah has one of the largest concentrations of computer software firms;
one of the four larger concentrations of biomedical firms; the youngest
population; one of the highest birth rates; the second lowest death
rate; the healthiest population; the highest literacy rate; the highest
percentage of high school graduates; and the highest number of people
with a college education.
Sundance Film Festival is an internationally
recognized celebration of independent motion
pictures, held annually at the
Resort and nearby cities.
the site of the nations first department store. Zion's Co-operative
Mercantile Institution (ZCMI) was established in the late 1800's. ZCMI
was sold to Meier and Frank company in December 1999, which was bought
by Macy's in 2006.
Day, July 24, commemorates the first permanent
settlement of Utah on July 24, 1847, by
Brigham Young and his Mormon pioneers.
The world's first transcontinental
railroad was completed at Promontory where the Central Pacific and Union
Pacific Railroads met on May 10, 1869. The location is now known as
Golden Spike National Historic
65% of Utah's land is owned
by the Federal Government.
The 1998 Scarborough Research Corporation
stated that Salt Lake City had more personal computers per household
than any other city in the United States.
Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City
took 40 years to complete.
is the world's largest natural bridge. The bridge rises 290 feet
above the floor of Bridge Canyon and is 270 feet long.
The people of Salt Lake
City consume more Jell-O per capita than any other city in the United
In 1996, President Bill
Clinton designated a new national monument in southern Utah. Nearly
three times the size of the state of Rhode Island,
National Monument is the nation's largest.
The name "Utah"
comes from the Native American "Ute" tribe and means people
of the mountains.
Utah peaks, on average,
are the tallest in the country. The average elevation of the tallest
peaks in each of Utah's counties is 11,222 ft.-higher than the same
average in any other state.
The Uinta mountain range,
named after the Ute Indians who lived in the basin, is the only East-West
axis mountains in North America.
Great Salt Lake Facts
Salt Lake City Facts
- The largest U.S. lake west of
the Mississippi River.
- The 4th largest terminal lake
(no outlet) in the world.
- A remnant of Lake Bonneville,
a prehistoric freshwater lake that was 10 times larger than
the Great Salt Lake.
- About 75 miles long, and 28
miles wide, and covers 1,700 square miles.
- Has a maximum depth of about
- Typically 3 to 5 times saltier
than the ocean.
- Fish free, the largest aquatic
critters are brine shrimp.
- One of the largest migratory
bird magnets in Western North America.
- The salt industries extract
about 2.5 million tons of sodium chloride and other salts and
elements from the lake annually.
The Wasatch Mountains
to the east are 11,500 feet high; the Oquirrh Mountains to the
west are 9,500 feet high.
Salt Lakeís elevation
is 4,330 feet above sea level at the valley floor and 5,200
feet in the foothills.
The Salt Lake Valley
extends about 22 miles from east to west and 25 miles from north
Nine major ski resorts,
three cross country ski areas and the nationís only recreational
ski jumping complex are less than an hourís drive from downtown.
Sixty percent of
skiers at Salt Lake area ski resorts are out-of-state and international
Seven million people
visit the Salt Lake area each year.
Salt Lake International
Airport is closer to the heart of the city it serves than nearly
any other U.S. airport.
As the "Crossroads
of the West" at least half of Americaís population is located
within a 2Ĺ hour flight from Salt Lake City.
parks are less than a dayís drive from Salt Lake City. Five
of those are located in Utah.
Salt Lake City is
the largest city ever to host winter Olympic games.
Salt Lake City is
the largest city between Denver and the Pacific Coast.
In October 1993,
Salt Lake City tied with Indianapolis, Indiana, as the eighth
best place to live in North America.
In 1994, CFO Magazine
ranked Salt Lake City as one of the best environments for business.
In 1995, Life Magazine
ranked Salt Lake as one of the top vacation getaways.