38 Facts About Utah

1. Utah is the only state with an official State Cooking Pot: Dutch oven.

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2. Utah is one of only two states in the United States to outlaw all forms of gambling.

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3. Utah is host to the internationally known Sundance Film Festival.

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4. At the time, Utah belonged to Mexico, but the United States attained the region during the Mexican War, which ended in 1848.

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5. The Great Salt Lake, in northern Utah, is the largest inland body of salt water in the Western Hemisphere.

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6. The University of Utah's Running Utes have had great success.

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7. In 2004, Utah had a per capita income of $26,603, 47th in the United States, and below the national average of $33,050.

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8. In 2005, Utah had a gross state product of $90 billion, 33rd among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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9. In 2004, Utah had 42,710 miles of public roads and streets.

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10. In 2006, Utah ranked 34th in United States in population with an estimated total of 2,550,063 residents.

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11. In 2003, Utah had 197 hazardous waste sites listed in the Environmental Protection Agency's database, 14 of which were on the National Priorities List as of 2006.

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12. Utah is the rare place on earth where the Jews are considered "Gentiles", in this case non-Mormons.

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13. In 2005, Utah had six daily newspapers and six Sunday papers.

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14. In 2003, Utah had 42 community hospitals with about 4,400 beds.

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15. In 2004, a total of 107,362 people in Utah were employed in the state's manufacturing sector, according to the ASM.

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16. In 2004, Utah had 3,657 producing natural gas and gas condensate wells.

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17. In 2004, Utah had 15,173,000 acres of forestland.

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18. In 2003, Utah spent $47,120,361 on homeland security, an average of $20 per state resident.

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19. In 2005, Utah had a total of 143 public and private-use aviation-related facilities.

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20. In 2004, Utah had 42,710 mi of public roads and streets.

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21. Utah is bordered on the n by Idaho; on the ne by Wyoming; on the e by Colorado; and on the s by Arizona; and on the w by Nevada.

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22. Utah is the 13th-largest, the 33rd-most populous, and the 10th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States.

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23. University of Utah was a part of the controversy surrounding the fairness of the Bowl Championship Series of college football.

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24. The University of Utah was the first school from a BCS non-AQ conference to win two BCS bowl games since the system was introduced in 1998.

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25. University of Utah is home to two highly ranked dance departments, the Ballet Department and the Department of Modern Dance.

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26. Utah is nicknamed the Beehive State because the early pioneers considered themselves as hardworking as bees.

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27. Utah is the second-least populous US state to have a major professional sports league franchise, after the Las Vegas Golden Knights joined the National Hockey League in 2017.

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28. In 1992, Utah was the only state in the nation where Democratic candidate Bill Clinton finished behind both Republican candidate George HW Bush and Independent candidate Ross Perot.

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29. Utah is one of only two states in the United States to outlaw all forms of gambling; the other is Hawaii.

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30. In March 2018, Utah passed America's first "free-range parenting" bill.

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31. Utah is one of the 15 states that have not ratified the US Equal Rights Amendment.

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32. The current governor of Utah is Gary Herbert, who was sworn in on August 11, 2009.

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33. In 2014, Utah was ranked number one in Forbes' list of "Best States For Business".

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34. One of Utah's defining characteristics is the variety of its terrain.

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35. The city of Provo, Utah was named for one, Etienne Provost, who visited the area in 1825.

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36. In 2013, the US Census Bureau estimated that Utah had the second fastest-growing population of any state.

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37. Utah is bordered by Colorado to the east, Wyoming to the northeast, Idaho to the north, Arizona to the south, and Nevada to the west.

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38. Utah is the 13th-largest by area, 31st-most-populous, and 10th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States.

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