Facts About Utah
This page is not meant to be an encyclopedia of facts about Utah. This is a site about
Utah Travel Secrets
. There are far better places to look for that info. Like an encyclopedia. But you’ll find some basic facts about Utah. Answers to some questions you may have. In no particular order.
- 88% of Utah’s population lives along The Wasatch Front. An urban concentration of people with Salt Lake City as the core. Utah’s population was approximately 2.5 million people in 2006.
Salt Lake City
is the capital and largest city.
- Utah is the 13th largest state in area. 84,904 square miles.
- Utah is the sixth most urbanized state in the U.S.
- The state’s population is 34th among all states in the U.S.
- The name Utah comes from the native Ute Indian language. It means "people of the mountains".
- Utah was the 45th state admitted to the Union. January 4, 1896.
- Approximately 58% of the people living in Utah are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Also known as the LDS Church and the Mormons.
- The 6th fastest growing state in the U.S. in 2006. Utah also had the fastest growing metropolitan area in the U.S. in 2006 -
- In the Mountain Time Zone.
- Residents are called Utahns.
in the Rocky Mountain region of the western US. It is bordered on the north by Idaho. On the northeast by Wyoming. By Colorado on the east. On the south by Arizona. And on the west by Nevada.
Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado meet at the Four Corners. One of the interesting facts about Utah ... and surrounding states. This is the only place in the United States where four states come together at one place. A person can actually put each of her hands and feet in four states at the same time!
The total boundary length of Utah is 1,226 miles (1,973 km). The state's geographic center is in Sanpete County, 3 miles (5 km) N of Manti.
Brief Historical Facts About Utah
According to those who study such things, man first viewed Utah's majestic mountains, lakes and deserts 12,000 years ago. Paleo-Indian big-game hunters. Cultures that followed included the Desert Archaic, Anasazi and Fremont.
About 1000 years ago, Numic-speaking hunter-gatherers began moving into Utah. The Shoshones. The Utes. The Southern Paiutes. The Goshutes. They were joined by an Athabascan group - the Navajos.
As in the rest of the continent, white men didn’t come along until much later. In 1776, a party of Spanish explorers traveled much of the length of present-day Utah. They were led by Franciscan friars Dominguez and Escalante. They had two goals:
- To scout a northern route from Santa Fe to Monterey.
- To help promote Christianity among the Indians.
Escalante was impressed with the natural beauty of Utah's pristine landscape as he frequently mentioned it in his diary.
Another 50 years would pass before the next group of whites came to Utah. Mountain men searching for beaver. Bold colorful adventurers seeking individual freedom and financial reward. Jim Bridger. Kit Carson. Jedediah Smith. Tom Fitzpatrick.
They explored. Trapped beaver. Traded with and lived among the Indians. By the time the beaver market collapsed in the late 1830’s, much of what is now the western United States had been explored and mapped.
The Mormons came to Utah in 1847. Seeking a religious sanctuary in the remote West. Away from the persecution of the “civilized” U.S. Away from the “Land of The Free”.
They came in large numbers. They planned communities. They built homes and churches. Established farms supported by life-giving irrigation systems.
They had their battles with the native people. There were other “conflicts”. Utah gained territorial status in 1850 and generally prospered. Non-Mormons came also.
When precious metals were discovered in the 1860s, the influx of treasure seekers added a colorful diversity to Utah's social makeup. When statehood was granted in 1896, the total population already approached a quarter of a million people.
During the early 20th century, the development of coal mines, railroads and other industries attracted a different kind of immigrant. Greeks. Italians. Slavs. Chinese. Japanese. Mexicans. And others. Utah’s cultural mosaic became even more diverse and certainly more colorful.
As with the rest of the country, the Great Depression of the 1930s caused a downturn in Utah’s economy and growth. New life was found during and after World War II.
Defense, mining, steel and petroleum-refining industries led the economic surge at mid-century. Tourism, recreation, light manufacturing and the service industries have recently emerged as economic pillars.
With a current population of more than 2.5 million people, robust growth is projected well into the future. Two factors contribute to this growth:
- the Mormon Church’s encouragement of large families
- a strong rate of immigration from other states. It’s a great place to live.
Emergency Facts About Utah
The United States uses the telephone number 911 for emergency response services. You can dial this number for free when an emergency response is required. Real emergencies would include:
- needing a police officer to respond
- a fire
- emergency medical help
- a crime in progress
- to report unusual or criminal activity
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