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Utah: 3 million
Salt Lake City Metro: 181,743
Salt Lake Area: 1.3 million
Wasatch Front: 1.8 million
The Wasatch Front is roughly 80 miles long with Ogden approximately 40 miles north of the Salt Lake Valley and Provo approximately 40 miles south of the Salt Lake Valley.


Utah's population tends to be younger (27.1), lives longer (77.7), has higher fertility rates (2.68) and more persons per household (3.13 persons).

Utah's population growth of 29.6% more than doubled that of the nation (13.2%).

Of All The Fifty States, Utah Has...
The highest rate of job growth - (4.5%)

4th highest percent of high school graduates

11th highest percent of college graduates

7th lowest violent crime rates

3rd longest life expectancy

One of the lowest heart disease and cancer rates

Utah's growth is attributed to natural increase (88%) rather than net in-migration (12%).

Net in-migration occured for the 15th straight year.

Population & Household Averages

Utah is one of the fastest growing states in the country and ranks 35th in the nation in population growth. The state's rapid growth is attributed to both the area's high birth rate and to in-migration.

Utah's population reached 3 million in 2017, a positive increase every year since 1990. The State of California continues to dominate the flow of migration to Utah, while employment-related migration accounts for the majority of population movement to and from Utah.

Salt Lake City makes up a very small portion of the Salt Lake Valley. With Salt Lake County covering 756 square miles, Salt Lake City covers only 90.5 square miles. Salt Lake City is the largest city in the state with a population of 181,743. Salt Lake County's population is 1.3 million, making it the most populous region in Utah.

Overall, Utah is expected to continue to have the youngest population in the nation. Utah's median age in 2017 is 27.1 years, well below the national figure of 35.2 years.

Utah is 1st in the nation in the number of persons per household at 3.13, compared to the national average of 2.62. In addition, Utah's number of people per family is 3.67, compared to the national figure of 3.16. This is attributed to the Church of Jesus Christ's belief in large families!

Average Home Prices

Average Home Price in Park City $ 426,344
Average Condo Price in Park City $ 337,288
Average Home Price in Salt Lake City $ 284,756
Average Condo Price in Salt Lake City $ 186,979

Average Apartment Prices in Salt Lake

Studio $ 795
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath $ 945
2 Bedroom, 1 Bath $ 1195
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath $ 1445
3 Bedroom, 2 Bath $ 1750

Highest Paying Jobs in Utah ( Per Hour )

Obstetricians & Gynecologists $66.60
Surgeons $64.00
Internists, General $63.20
Pediatricians, General $59.70
Family & General Practitioners $56.60
Lawyers $49.40
Dentists $48.20
Air Traffic Controllers $42.30
Engineering Managers $37.50

Lowest Paying Jobs in Utah ( Per Hour )

Ushers $6.50
Fast Food Cooks $6.70
Dining Room Attendants & Bar Backs $6.90
Food Prep Workers $6.90
Dishwashers $7.00
Pressers & Garment Workers $7.00
Food Counter Help $7.00
Amusement & Recreation Attendants $7.00
Parking Lot Attendants $7.10
Sewers, Hand $7.20


Salt Lake City's origins can be traced to the other side of the nation - the eastern U.S. From its official organization in New York state in 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often referred to as the Mormons) faced opposition, much of it violent. Led by Joseph Smith, the Mormons were forced to relocate several times to Ohio, then Missouri, then Illinois. In each state they were eventually driven from the communities they founded. In 1846, following Smith's murder at the hands of a mob, the majority of Mormons traveled by handcart and covered wagon to unsettled areas in the western U.S., hoping to finally escape persecution. They were led by Smith's successor, Brigham Young. In July 1847, Young proclaimed the Salt Lake Valley "the right place" for the new home of the Latter-day Saints.

The pioneers set to work making the Salt Lake Valley their home. They plowed farms and fields, laid out streets and irrigation canals, and set the foundation for a temple in the center of the city. More Mormons followed, and other towns were established in the region. In the 1870s, after the completion of the transcontinental railroad, large numbers of non Mormons began arriving, as well. Some went to work in the area's silver and copper mines. By the turn of the 20th century, the Latter-day Saints were no longer a majority in the city, but the city still serves as headquarters for the 13-million-member church.

Salt Lake City grew only moderately during the first half of the 1900s because of the Great Depression and drought. In the latter half of the century, however, the city along with neighboring metro areas in the western U.S. expanded rapidly. Today, it continues to boom, spurred by the presence of technology related businesses.


This north-central Utah community and its suburbs sprawl across the Salt Lake Valley. It's bordered by the Great Salt Lake on the northwest, the Oquirrh Mountains on the west and the Wasatch Mountains on the east. The towering mountains provide an imposing backdrop for Utah's largest metropolitan area.

City streets, laid out in a rigid grid, are numbered in a pattern that begins at the intersection of Main and South Temple streets (the southeast corner of historic Temple Square). These two streets form a point from which all streets in the valley are named and numbered. Quite logically, all streets labeled West are west of Main Street; all streets labeled East are east of Main Street. In the same way, all streets labeled South are south of South Temple Street, and all streets labeled North are north of South Temple Street. City blocks are 660 ft/240 m long (eight blocks to a mile) and are numbered in increments of 100. Using this street-numbering and distancing system, you can easily locate most destinations by address and estimate their distance from downtown. Salt Lake City residents often use shorthand and refer to 100 South as First South or 300 West as Third West. Those unfamiliar with the city should ask for the full street address of their destination.

On the northeastern rim of the city along the East Bench (so called because it marks the eastern boundary of prehistoric Lake Bonneville), you'll find the University of Utah, Hogle Zoo, This Is the Place Heritage Park and Sugarhouse Park. Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons (of interest to skiers, climbers, bikers and hikers) are among several canyons branching into the Wasatch Mountains from the East Bench.

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Salt Lake Photo Tour Salt Lake Photo Tour

Salt Lake City Shopping Salt Lake City Shopping

Downtown Salt Lake City Attractions and Sights Attractions and Sights To See When Visiting

Salt Lake Sightseeing Bus Tours Sightseeing Bus Tours

Salt Lake City Massage Day Spas Enjoy a Day Spa or Massage While You're In Town

Kids Activities in Salt Lake City Kids Activities When Visiting

Speed Skating & Hockey at Utah Olympic Oval Speed Skating & Hockey - Utah Olympic Oval

Utah Olympic Park Utah Olympic Park

Utah Winter Vacations Salt Lake City Travel Planners

Salt Lake Lodging

Salt Lake City Hotels Salt Lake City Hotels

Hotels Downtown Salt Lake City Hotels Downtown Salt Lake City

Pet Friendly Hotels in Salt Lake City Pet Friendly Hotels in Salt Lake City

Extended Stay and Temporary Housing in Salt Lake Extended Stay and Temporary Housing in Salt Lake

Salt Lake City Bed and Breakfasts Salt Lake City Bed and Breakfasts
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Salt Lake Meeting Space Salt Lake Meeting Facilities

Park City Visitor Info

Lodging In Park City Park City Ski Lodging

Park City Hotels Park City Hotels

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Park Citys Utah Olympic Park Bobsled Rides - Olympic Park

Park City Information Hot Air Ballooning - Rides

Park City Sleigh Rides Park City Sleigh Rides - Snow Mobiling - Cross Country Skiing - Snowshoeing in Utah

Park City Horseback Riding Information Horseback Riding in Park City

Utah Ski Vacations

Utah Winter Vacations Lodging Snowbird Ski Resort

Utah Winter Vacations Lodging Brighton Ski Resort

Utah Winter Vacations Utah's Ski Resorts

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Salt Lake City Transportation

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Salt Lake City Airport Shuttles Salt Lake City Airport Shuttles

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