26 Facts About Salt Lake City

1. Salt Lake City was the first city in the United States to use the "Green Shared Lane", known as a "super sharrow", a 4-foot wide green band down the middle of a travel lane where adding a dedicated bike lane is unfeasible.

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2. 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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3. 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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4. Salt Lake City is home to a few major shopping centers.

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5. Salt Lake City is the headquarters for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has many LDS-related sites open to visitors.

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6. 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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7. At the time of the 2002 Olympics, Salt Lake City was the most populated area to hold a Winter Olympic Games.

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8. Salt Lake City was host to the 2002 Winter Olympics.

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

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10. Salt Lake City has a thriving and vibrant festival culture.

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11. In the summer, Salt Lake City hosts the Twilight Concert series which is a free summer concert series for all the residents in the city.

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12. Salt Lake City has a local music scene dominated by hip hop, blues, rock and roll, punk, Deathcore, horrorcore and indie groups.

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13. Salt Lake City is the home to the Utah Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1940 by Maurice Abravanel and has become widely renowned.

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14. Salt Lake City is the home of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, founded in 1847.

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

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

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18. 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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19. 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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20. Salt Lake City has the third largest Sri Lankan community in the United States.

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21. Salt Lake City is home to a sizeable Bosnian American community of more than 8,000 residents.

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22. Salt Lake City features large variations in temperatures between seasons.

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23. Salt Lake City expressed interest in bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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

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25. Salt Lake City has since developed a strong outdoor recreation tourist industry based primarily on skiing, and hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics.

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26. Salt Lake City is the capital and the most populous municipality of the US state of Utah.

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