65 Facts About Salt Lake City


Salt Lake City is the capital and most populous city of Utah, as well as the seat of Salt Lake County, the most populous county in Utah.

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Salt Lake City is further situated within a larger metropolis known as the Salt Lake City–Ogden–Provo Combined Statistical Area, a corridor of contiguous urban and suburban development stretched along a 120-mile segment of the Wasatch Front, comprising a population of 2,606,548, making it the 22nd largest in the nation.

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Salt Lake City was founded July 24,1847, by early pioneer settlers, led by Brigham Young, who were seeking to escape persecution they had experienced while living farther east.

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Salt Lake City has developed a strong tourist industry based primarily on skiing and outdoor recreation.

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At the time of Salt Lake City's founding, the valley was within the territory of the Northwestern Shoshone.

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Salt Lake City was not platted till after the federal surveyor abandoned his post in 1857.

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Great Salt Lake City replaced Fillmore as the territorial capital in 1856, and the name later was shortened to Salt Lake City.

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Salt Lake City was granted unprecedented access during his three-week visit, including audiences with Brigham Young and other contemporaries of Joseph Smith.

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Ethnic Chinese established a flourishing Chinatown in Salt Lake City nicknamed "Plum Alley", which housed around 1,800 Chinese during the early 20th century.

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Salt Lake City's population began to stagnate during the 20th century as population growth shifted to suburban areas north and south of the city.

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Salt Lake City was selected in 1995 to host the 2002 Winter Olympics.

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Salt Lake City is currently bidding to host the 2030 or 2034 Winter Olympics.

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The mountains near Salt Lake City are easily visible from the city and have sharp vertical relief caused by ancient earthquakes, with a maximum difference of 7,099 feet being achieved with the rise of Twin Peaks from the Salt Lake Valley floor.

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However, the blocks in Salt Lake City became irregular during the late 19th century when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lost authority over growth and before the adoption of zoning ordinances in the 1920s.

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Many lots, in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas, have irrigation water rights attached to them.

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Downtown Salt Lake City has been a hub of commerce for the Intermountain West and its architecture reflects this history.

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Salt Lake City has two historic passenger rail depots, the Denver and Rio Grande Western Depot and the Union Pacific Depot, the latter of which now anchors the Gateway district.

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Salt Lake City lost many significant structures to forces such as urban renewal in the 20th century, including the Dooly Building, designed by Louis Sullivan, the Hotel Newhouse, and the Salt Lake Theatre.

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Distinctive feature of Salt Lake City's cityscape is its very large block sizes, which are 660 feet square and separated by streets 132 feet wide, making them the largest in the United States.

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Sugar House, in southeastern Salt Lake City, has a reputation as an older neighborhood with small shops in the center.

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Salt Lake City has a cold semi-arid climate, though it borders on a mediterranean climate and a humid continental climate as summers are dry and hot and winters are cold and wet, but rarely frigid.

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The temperature of the Salt Lake City area is mediated by its unique geography, generally keeping highs and lows from reaching extremes.

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Nearby Great Salt Lake is a significant contributor to precipitation in the city.

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Largest park in Salt Lake City is This Is the Place Heritage Park, a part of the Utah State Parks system.

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Sugar House Park is the second largest park in Salt Lake City at 110 acres and is a part of the Salt Lake County park system.

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Salt Lake City was more densely populated than the surrounding metro area with a population density of 1,688.

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The Salt Lake City-Ogden-Clearfield combined statistical area, together with the Provo-Orem metropolitan area, which lies to the south, had a combined population of 2,094,035 as of July 1,2008.

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The west-side areas of Salt Lake have the lowest-incomes while areas like the upper Avenues, have much higher incomes.

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Salt Lake City is home to a Bosnian American community of more than 8,000, most of whom arrived during the Bosnian War in the 1990s.

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Salt Lake City has the third largest Sri Lankan community in the United States.

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Salt Lake City has been considered one of the top 51 "gay-friendly places to live" in the US The city is home to a large, business savvy, organized, and politically supported gay community.

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In 2007, Salt Lake City was ranked by Forbes as the most vain city in America, based on the number of plastic surgeons per 100,000 and their spending habits on cosmetics, which exceed cities of similar size.

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In 2014, CNN deemed Salt Lake City to be the least stressed-out city in the United States, citing the low cost of living and abundance of jobs.

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Salt Lake City is home to two Fortune 1000 companies, Zions Bancorporation and Questar Corporation.

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Metropolitan Salt Lake was once the headquarters of American Stores, the Skaggs Companies, and ZCMI, one of the first department stores; it is owned by Macy's, Inc Former ZCMI stores now operate under the Macy's label.

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In 2020, Salt Lake City entered the bidding process to host the 2030 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Since 1979, Salt Lake City has had a non-partisan mayor-council form of government.

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Salt Lake City is home to several non-governmental think-tanks and advocacy groups such as the conservative Sutherland Institute, the progressive Alliance for a Better Utah, the gay-rights group Equality Utah, and the quality-growth advocates Envision Utah.

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Salt Lake hosted many foreign dignitaries during the 2002 Winter Olympics, and in 2006 the president of Mexico began his US tour in the city and Israel's ambassador to the United States opened a cultural center.

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Postsecondary educational options in Salt Lake City include the University of Utah, Westminster College, Salt Lake Community College, Eagle Gate College, Violin Making School of America, and Ensign College.

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Salt Lake City is home to several classic movie theaters including the Tower Theatre and the Broadway Theater, both of which host the Salt Lake Film Society members and shows.

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Salt Lake City provides venues for both professional and amateur theatre.

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Local professional acting companies include the Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, and Plan-B Theatre Company, which is the only theatre company in Utah fully devoted to developing new plays by Utah playwrights.

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Salt Lake City is home to The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, founded in 1847 as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

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Salt Lake City is the home to the Utah Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1940 and grew to become a major US orchestra during the tenure of its former music director, Maurice Abravanel, who led the orchestra from 1947 through 1979.

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Salt Lake City area is home to the renowned children's choir from The Madeleine Choir School, and the Salt Lake Children's Choir.

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Professional dance companies in Salt Lake City include Ballet West, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and Repertory Dance Theatre.

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Salt Lake City has an eclectic music scene that includes hip hop, blues, rock and roll, punk, deathcore, horrorcore and indie groups.

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Salt Lake has an underground metal scene with bands such as Gaza and Bird Eater.

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Craft Lake City DIY festival is an artisan festival that promotes the use of science and technology to help local artists produce their crafts such as silk screens, jewelry, and other mediums.

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Sri Sri Ganesh Hindu Temple of Utah, in Salt Lake City, has an annual Ganesh Festival called Ganesh Chathurthi.

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Since 2011 the Krishna Temple of Salt Lake City has held an annual Festival of Colors, similar to the famous festival at the Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork.

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Salt Lake City is host to a number of conventions that come to the Crossroads of the West.

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At that time, Salt Lake City was the most populated area to hold a Winter Olympic Games.

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In February 2002, Torino, Italy was granted an Olympic Sister City relationship with Salt Lake City, which became a Friendship City relationship in October 2003.

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Salt Lake City has become a case of market saturation on the FM dial; one cannot go through more than about two frequencies on an FM radio tuner before encountering another broadcasting station.

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Salt Lake City is the headquarters of the LDS Church and has many LDS-related sites open to visitors.

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Salt Lake City is near several world-class ski and summer resorts, including Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, Solitude, Park City Mountain Resort, and Deer Valley.

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Salt Lake City has hosted two of the most important and most watched games in basketball.

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Salt Lake City is home to the Utah Jazz of the NBA, who moved from New Orleans in 1979 and play their home games in Vivint Arena.

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Salt Lake City was home to a professional basketball team, the Utah Stars of the American Basketball Association, between 1970 and 1975.

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Salt Lake City was home to an original Women's National Basketball Association team, the Utah Starzz, in 1997.

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In June 2012, Salt Lake City hosted the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy, a major international rugby union tournament for under-20 national teams from "second-tier" nations.

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Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Salt Lake City operating its California Zephyr daily between Chicago and Emeryville, California.

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In 2010, Salt Lake City was designated as a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, placing the city in the top 18 bicycling cities in the US with a population of at least 100,000.

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