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Utah Facts

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Utah Location In The US Utah State Map

This page contains a wealth of information on the state of Utah. Please click on the type of the fact that you are interested in:



Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation UT
State Capital Salt Lake City
State Size Total (Land + Water): 84,899 sq miles; Land Only: 82,144 sq miles
Number of Counties 29
Time Zone Mountain Time Zone
Bordering States Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming
Highest Point Kings Peak, 13,534 feet
National Parks Arches National Park 
Bryce Canyon National Park 
Canyonlands National Park 
Capitol Reef National Park 
Zion National Park
State Population (2015) 2,995,919
State Population Density 36.5 people / square mile
Area Codes 385, 435, 801
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Salt Lake City (186,440) 
West Valley City (129,480) 
Provo (112,488) 
West Jordan (103,712) 
Orem (88,328)

Government & Legislature

Statehood January 4, 1896
Electoral Votes 6
State Flag Utah State Flag
Governor Official Utah Governor Website
U. S. Senators List of U. S. Senators From Utah
U. S. Representatives List of U. S. Representatives From Utah
State Senators List of Utah State Senators
State Representatives List of Utah State Representatives
State Government Official Site
State Constitution Utah State Constitution
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization Date October 6, 2014
Road Conditions Utah Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date November 05, 2007

State Symbols

State Animal Rocky Mountain elk
State Astronomical Symbol Beehive cluster located in the constellation of Cancer the Crab
State Bird Common American gull
State Cooking Pot Dutch oven
State Firearm John M. Browning designed M1911 automatic pistol
State Fish Bonneville cutthroat trout
State Flower Sego lily
State Folk Dance Square dance
State Fossil Allosaurus
State Fruit Cherry
State Gem Topaz
State Grass Indian rice grass
State Historic Vegetable Sugar beet
State Hymn "Utah We Love Thee"
State Insect Honeybee
State Mineral Copper
State Motto Industry
Nickname Beehive State
State Railroad Museum Ogden Union Station
State Rock Coal
State Song "Utah, This Is The Place"
State Star Dubhe
State Tree Quaking aspen
State Vegetable Spanish sweet onion
State Winter Sports Skiing and snowboarding

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams NBA: Utah Jazz
NCAA Division I Schools Brigham Young University (West Coast) 
Southern Utah University (Big Sky) 
University of Utah (Pac-12) 
Utah State University (Mountain West) 
Utah Valley University (WAC) 
Weber State University (Big Sky)

Popular Tourist Attractions

Famous People Born In Utah

Nobel Prize Winners

  • Paul D. Boyer (Chemistry, 1997)

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members

  • Merlin Olsen (Defensive Tackle. Inducted in 1982)
  • Steve Young (Quarterback. Inducted in 2005)

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Players

  • John "Cat" Thompson (Forward. Inducted in 1962)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Roseanne Barr
  • James Woods
  • Loretta Young

Famous Singers

  • Jewel Kilcher
  • Donny Osmond
  • Marie Osmond

Utah Fun Facts

  • There are two theories on the origination of the word "Utah": The first is that it originates from the Native American "Ute" tribe which means "people of the mountains." The second is that it originates from the Native American word "yuttahih," meaning "higher up." In either case, the origin came from the Native Americans.
  • Utah is one of only two states in the United States to outlaw all forms of gambling.
  • At Four Corners, in the southeast, Utah meets Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona at right angles, the only such meeting of states in the country.
  • Approximately 62% of Utah residents are Mormons, or members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Utah is the most homogeneous state in the nation in terms of religion.
  • The Great Salt Lake is saltier than the ocean. Its salt content can be more than seven times that of the ocean.
  • On May 10, 1869, the First Transcontinental Railroad was completed at Promontory Summit, Utah. The event was billed as the ?edding of the Rails," as it represented the joining of railroads built by two companies, the Union Pacific Railroad and the Central Pacific Railroad.
  • In 1912, policeman Lester Wire invented the first red-green electric traffic lights in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • In Utah, individuals may not supply beer to the public in containers larger than two liters unless they are licensed to do so.
  • Utah is the only state with an official State Cooking Pot: Dutch oven.

This page was last updated on October 01, 2017.

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