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Overview

Introduction to Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City is both the capital of Utah and the state's largest city with a population of nearly 200,000 people. It is also the largest city in Utah. According to U.S. census estimates, the Salt Lake City metropolitan area has an estimated population of just over one million people.

Salt Lake City is located in central Utah, near the eastern shore of the Great Salt Lake. It is home to three Fortune 1000 companies. The world's largest copper mine, the Bingham Canyon Mine, is located near Salt Lake City. It is the largest manmade excavation on earth. It is a half-hour drive southwest of Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake City was ranked as the 9th "Most Fun U.S. City" in a survey conducted in 2003 by Cranium Inc. Factors taken into account include the number of sports teams, restaurants, dance performances, toy stores, the amount of a city's budget that is spent on recreation, and other factors.

Salt Lake City's climate is characterized by four distinct seasons. January is the coldest month of the year with average daily temperatures of 39 degrees Fahrenheit. July is the warmest month with average annual daily temperatures of 89 degrees Fahrenheit. On average, Salt Lake City receives just over 15 inches of rain a year and 54 inches of snow. Nearby mountains can get as much as 500 inches of snow during winter.

Salt Lake City History

Salt Lake Valley was originally settled by Native Americans who lived in the valley for thousands of years prior to the arrival of European settlers. Salt Lake City was founded by Brigham Young and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).

Some key dates in Salt Lake City's history include:

  • In 1857, the Utah War began over disputes between Mormon settlers in the Utah Territory and the federal government over the Mormon's widespread practice of polygamy.
  • In 1893, the Mormon Temple was completed and dedicated after 40 years of building.
  • In 1896, with Utah statehood, Salt Lake City became a state capital.
  • In 2002, Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympic Games.

Salt Lake City Arts and Culture

Salt Lake City is a center for arts and culture. Salt Lake City offers museums, the performing arts, and more. Some of Salt Lake City's more notable museums include:

  • The Children's Museum of Utah
  • The Clark Planetarium
  • The Red Butte Garden and Arboretum
  • The Utah Museum of Fine Arts
  • The Utah Museum of Natural History

For patrons of the performing arts, Salt Lake City is home to many wonderful performing arts attractions. Some of the more notable include:

  • Ballet West
  • The Off Broadway Theatre
  • The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • The Pioneer Theatre Company
  • The Repertory Dance Theatre
  • The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
  • The Salt Lake Acting Company
  • The Salt Lake Symphony
  • The Utah Symphony
  • The University Orchestras
  • Utah Youth Symphony Orchestra
  • Utah Children's Dance Theatre
  • Utah Opera Company

Salt Lake City is also home to the Sundance Film Festival as well as the Utah Arts Festival.

Salt Lake City Sports and Leisure

For a relatively small city, Salt Lake City has plenty to offer even the most avid sports fan. Salt Lake City is home to the following major sports teams:

  • Baseball - There are three Minor League Baseball (MiLB) teams that play in or near Salt Lake City, including the Salt Lake Bees, the Ogden Raptors, and the Orem Owlz. The Bees are a Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Raptors are a Rookie affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Owlz are a Rookie affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
  • Basketball - The National Basketball Association (NBA) Utah Jazz, and the American Basketball Association (ABA) Salt Lake City Dream.
  • Football - The Arena Football League (AFL) Utah Blaze.
  • Hockey - The ECHL Utah Grizzlies who play in nearby West Valley City.
  • Soccer - The Major League Soccer (MLS) Real Salt Lake.

The mountains around Salt Lake City are a winter sports enthusiast's dream. Salt Lake City is within a half hour drive of some of the most renowned ski resorts in the world. There are also at least fifteen national parks and monuments, within a day's drive of Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake City "Must See" Attractions

Salt Lake City has attractions too numerous to do justice in a simple list. Some of Salt Lake City's more notable and unique attractions include:

  • Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine
  • The Great Salt Lake
  • The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • The Salt Lake Temple (Mormon Temple)

Salt Lake City at Night

Salt Lake City has many nightlife entertainment options, including country western line dancing, jazz and blues, rock n' roll, and more. Good places to find out the latest attractions, events, happenings, performances, and restaurants include the "Entertainment" section of the Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City Weekly, and Salt Lake magazine.

People

Total Population 190,679
Male Share of the Population 51.7%
Female Share of the Population 48.3%
Senior Citizens 10%
Employed Population 16+ 98,734
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 40.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 43.1%
Median Earnings25+ $32,532
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,724
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,570

Wealth

Median Family Income $63,393
% Above Poverty Level 79.7%
% Below Poverty Level 20.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.1%
% Using Public Transportation 6.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.9%
Median Gross Rent $818
Median House Value $237,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 40.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 15.4%
Irish 6.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Salt Lake City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 362 miles NE of Las Vegas, Nevada
County Salt Lake
Metro Area Salt Lake City - Ogden
Standard Zip Codes 84101, 84102, 84103, 84104, 84105, 84106, 84107, 84108, 84109, 84111, 84112, 84113, 84114, 84115, 84116, 84117, 84118, 84119, 84120, 84121, 84123, 84124, 84128, 84133, 84138, 84144, 84180
P.O. Box Zip Codes 84110, 84122, 84125, 84126, 84127, 84130, 84131, 84145, 84147, 84151, 84152, 84153, 84157, 84158, 84165, 84170, 84171
Company Zip Codes 84132, 84134, 84136, 84139, 84141, 84143, 84148, 84150, 84184, 84189, 84190, 84199
Phone Area Codes 801
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.76
Longitude -111.89

Salt Lake City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station SALT LAKE TRIAD CENTER
Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 39 F
Apr Temp 43 to 61 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 46 to 65 F
Annual Precip 17.7 inches
Station SALT LAKE CITY INTL AP
Distance 4.3 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 37 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 91 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 16.5 inches
Station SALTAIR SALT PLANT
Distance 11.9 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 36 F
Apr Temp 40 to 59 F
Jul Temp 65 to 89 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 14.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Salt Lake City, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bennion (84118)

Brighton (84121)

Cottonwood (84171, 84121)

Cottonwood Heights City (84171, 84121)

Emigration Canyon (84108)

Fort Douglas (84113)

Granger (84119)

Granger Hunter (84119)

Holladay Cottonwood (84117, 84121)

Hunter (84120)

Salt Lake Cty (84113, 84133, 84138, 84114, 84144, 84115, 84145, 84147, 84116, 84151, 84152, 84117, 84157, 84118, 84158, 84165, 84119, 84170, 84120, 84171, 84180, 84101, 84121, 84102, 84103, 84122, 84104, 84123, 84105, 84124, 84106, 84125, 84108, 84126, 84127, 84109, 84128, 84110, 84111, 84130, 84112, 84131)

Solitude (84121)

West Valley (84119, 84170, 84120, 84128)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Holladay 30,748 $95,560
Murray 48,460 $67,726
North Salt Lake 18,046 $74,924
South Salt Lake 24,501 $44,365
Taylorsville 60,383 $65,024
West Valley City 133,660 $54,162

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Salt Lake City Public Libraries

Library
Salt Lake City Public Library
209 EAST 500 SOUTH
Salt Lake City, Utah
(801) 524-8200
Library Web Site
Salt Lake County Library System
2197 EAST FORT UNION BLVD.
Salt Lake City, Utah
(801) 943-4636
Library Web Site

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Salt Lake City Hospitals

SALT LAKE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
1050 EAST SOUTH TEMPLE
(801) 350-4004
Emergency Service: Yes

ST MARK'S HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
1200 EAST 3900 SOUTH
(801) 268-7700
Emergency Service: Yes

UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE/UNIVERSITY OF UTAH HOSPITAL
(Government - State)
50 NORTH MEDICAL DRIVE
(801) 581-2121
Emergency Service: Yes

LDS HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
8TH AVENUE & C STREET
(801) 408-1100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Salt Lake City High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

WEST HIGH
241 N 300 W
801-578-8500
Serves 2,298 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.4

BRIGHTON HIGH
2220 E BENGAL BLVD
801-256-5200
Serves 2,082 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.2

EAST HIGH
840 S 1300 E
801-583-1661
Serves 2,030 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.9

HIGHLAND HIGH
2166 S 1700 E
801-484-4343
Serves 1,810 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.5

SKYLINE HIGH
3251 E 3760 S
801-685-5420
Serves 1,507 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.3

COTTONWOOD HIGH
5715 S 1300 E
801-685-5264
Serves 1,505 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24

OLYMPUS HIGH
4055 S 2300 E
801-685-5400
Serves 1,490 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.1

GRANITE HIGH
3305 S 500 E
801-685-5340
Serves 1,276 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.7

HORIZONTE INSTR & TRAIN CTR
1234 S MAIN
801-578-8574
A Non-traditional School
Serves 560 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

CENTRAL HIGH
501 E 3900 S
801-685-5435
A Non-traditional School
Serves 423 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.5

CENTER CITY SCHOOL
2416 E 1700 S
801-596-8489
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 163 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

SALT LAKE CO DETNTN CTR-SR HIGH
3450 S 900 W
801-261-2060
A Non-traditional School
Serves 99 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23

HOME INSTRUCTION-SR HIGH
3700 S 2860 E
801-273-2135
Serves 43 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.5

DREAM CHARTER SCH
2900 S STATE SUITE 301
801-467-1500
A Charter School.
Serves 31 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.4

WASATCH YOUTH CENTER
3534 S 700 W
801-265-5825
A Non-traditional School
Serves 28 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

ALTER SAFE SCH-SR HIGH
340 E 3545 S
801-685-5000
A Non-traditional School
Serves 16 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

OBSERV & ASSESS CT-SR HIGH
61 W 3900 S
801-284-0236
A Special Education School
Serves 10 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

PRIVATE SEC (REC SERV IN PUB SCH)
440 E 100 S
801-578-8599
A Special Education School
Serves 2 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4

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