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Whether you're drawn to this unique Utah location because of the historical significance, the outdoor activities, or the bountiful (and beautiful) skiing, you'll find Salt Lake City to be a welcoming and interesting destination. The city was established in 1847 by Mormon settlers who developed a grid system based upon 4 streets that border Temple square, the focus of the downtown area.  Most recently, this city was host for the Winter Olympic Games.   

Salt Lake City Info:

  • Land Area: 756 square miles
  • Elevation:  4,330 feet
  • Number of parks:  126
  • Number of radio stations: 7 AM, 11 FM
  • Number of television stations:  5
  • Number of newspapers:  3 (Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret Morning News, Daily Utah Chronicle-University)
  • Transportation:  Salt Lake City International Airport, TRAX (above ground subway)

Salt Lake City Weather and Climate:

  • Average daily temperature:  63 high /36 low
  • Average annual rainfall:  16.2 inches

Distances to other Metropolitan Areas from Salt Lake City (in miles):

  • Atlanta, GA — 1565
  • Boston, MA — 2072
  • Chicago, IL —  1239
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX — 974
  • Houston, TX — 1178
  • Las Vegas, NV — 364
  • Los Angeles, CA — 582
  • Memphis, TN — 1242
  • Miami, FL — 2058
  • Nashville, TN — 1382
  • New Orleans, LA — 1408
  • New York, NY — 1958
  • Orlando, FL - 1902
  • Philadelphia, PA - 1895
  • Phoenix, AZ — 501
  • Rapid City, SD — 500
  • San Antonio, TX — 1072
  • San Diego, CA — 618
  • San Jose, CA — 576
  • Washington, DC - 1799

Salt Lake City Safety Phone # and Major Hospitals:

  • Police/Fire/Ambulance: 911
  • Salt Lake Regional Medical Center (801-350-4111)
  • LDS Hospital  (801-408-1100)
  • Primary Children's Medical Center (801-588-2000)
  • St. Mark's Hospital (801-268-7111)

Salt Lake City Top Tourism Draws and Seasons:

  • Seasons:  All 4 seasons
  • Temple Square
  • Beehive House
  • Brighton Ski Resort
  • Liberty Park
  • Joseph Smith Memorial Building
  • Alta Ski Area
  • Eccles Dinosaur Park
  • Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • Park City Historic Main Street
  • Thanksgiving Point Gardens
  • Museum of Church History and Art
  • Children's Museum of Utah
  • Pioneer Memorial Museum
  • Utah State Capitol Building
  • Great Salt Lake State Park
  • Utah Museum of Fine Arts
  • Hill Aerospace Museum
  • Utah Museum of Natural History
  • Utah State Historical Society
  • Fort Douglas Military Museum
  • Social Hall Heritage Museum
  • Trolley Square

Salt Lake City Major Shopping Areas:

  • Trolley Square
  • Fashion Place Mall
  • Crossroads Plaza
  • ZCMI Center
  • Valley Fair Mall
  • Farmers Marker
  • Cottonwood Mall
  • South Towne Center
  • Park City Historic Main Street
  • Factory Stores of America
  • Park City Factory Stores

Salt Lake City Major Dining Areas:

  • South of City Center
  • City Center
  • Park City and the Mountains
  • University of Utah
  • North of City Center
  • Airport and Fairpark

Salt Lake City Famous Landmarks & Historic Places:

  • Temple Square
  • Utah State Capital
  • The Avenues
  • Central City
  • The University
  • Exchange Place
  • Fort Douglas
  • Gilmer Park

Salt Lake City Famous Natives and Residents:

  • Steve Young, professional football player
  • Roseanne, television/movie actress
  • Jack Shea, Olympic gold medalist
  • Elizabeth Smart, kidnapped teenager
  • Robert Walker, actor
  • Maude Adams, actress
  • Loretta Young, actress
  • Jack Gardner, basketball coach
  • Frank Moss, US Senator
  • Stephen Covey, self-help guru
  • Karl Malone, professional basketball player
  • Brigham Young, founder of Salt Lake City and LDS Church Leader
  • Ken Jennings, Jeopardy Champion
  • The Osmond Family (including Donny & Marie), singers/television personalities
  • Wilfred Brimley, actor

Notable Moments in Salt Lake City History:

  • 1776:  Spanish Franciscan Fathers Francisco Atanasio Dominguez and Silvestre Velez de Escalate enter and explore Utah while searching for overland route from New Mexico to California.
  • 1847:  Found by 143, 3 woman, and 2 children — all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Their leader was Brigham Young.
  • 1849:  The Mormon's organized a new state and called it Deseret.
  • 1850:  Congress rejected the state name and renamed the area the Utah Territory with Great Salt Lake City as the capital.
  • 1857:  The Utah War occurred as the result of a dispute that arose between the city and the federal government because of the Mormon practice of polygamy.
  • 1861:  Overland telegraph between Omaha, Nebraska, and San Francisco completed in Salt Lake City.
  • 1862:  Fort Dodge as built on the edge of the city.
  • 1868:  The city was renamed to Salt Lake City (removing the "Great").
  • 1868:  Zions Mercantile Cooperative Institution formed as first US department still (and still operating today).
  • 1869:  Completion of the first transcontinental railroad.
  • 1870:  The transcontinental railroad line expanded from Ogden to Salt Lake City.
  • 1890:  The LDS Church renounced polygamy.
  • 1896:  Utah becomes 45th state, with Salt Lake City named as the capitol.
  • 1915:  State capitol building completed.
  • 1922:  KSL, Salt Lake City's first radio station, begins broadcasting.
  • 1948:  KDYL, Salt Lake City's first television station, begins broadcasting.
  • 1979:  Non-partisan, Mayor-Council Form of government was put into place.
  • 1984:  Record snowfall causes spring flooding.  State Street becomes a river for weeks.  Great Salt Lake overflows its shores, destroying crops and covering roads/highways.
  • 1987:  Gary Wright is injured by a bomb left behind a computer store in Salt Lake City, UT, possibly by the Unabomber.
  • 1995:  Salt Lake City chosen to host the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
  • 1996:  Utah celebrates 100 years of statehood.
  • 1997:  Light rail system and other city improvements begin in preparation for the Olympic Games.

Interesting Facts about Salt Lake City:

  • The city is based upon a grid where most streets run precisely north-south or east-west.
  • The Avenues, a crowded residential district just northeast of downtown, consists of perfectly rectangular blocks defined by streets named after letters, and avenues with numbers.
  • There are 11 main neighborhoods in Salt Lake City:  Avenues, Downtown, Central City, Sugar House, Federal Heights, East Bench, Capitol Hill, Rose Park, Fairpark, Poplar Grove, and Glendale.
  • International Headquarters for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon)
  • The Mormon Temple took 40 years to build (1853-1893)
  • Utah leads the US with the highest number of bankruptcy filings.
  • Salt Lake City is bidding to host the Winter Olympics in 2018.
  • The city is home to the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
  • Recognized as the birthplace of modern computer graphics.
  • The world's first Kentucky Fried Chicken was established here in 1952.
  • Salt Lake City has a law against carrying an unwrapped ukulele on the street.
  • Over 50% of the population is Mormon.

Salt Lake City Population and Demographics:

  • Population — 918,279
  • White — 79%
  • Hispanic — 19%
  • Native American 1%
  • Black — 2%
  • Asian — 4%
  • Population 18 and under — 19%
  • 65 and over — 9%
  • Median age —  30 years
  • Average household size — 3.13
  • Median family income - $45,140

Salt Lake City Colleges and Universities:

  • University of Utah
  • Westminister College
  • Salt Lake City Community College
  • BYU Salt Lake Center
  • LDA Business College
  • Utah College of Massage Therapy

Salt Lake City Economy & Business — Notable Employers and Industries:

  • University of Utah
  • Brigham Young University
  • Hill Air Force Base
  • Intermountain Health Care
  • Convergys
  • IRS
  • Iomega
  • Novus Services
  • Autoliv
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Utah Valley State College
  • Icon Health & Fitness
  • Wal-Mart
  • Zions Bank
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