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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 PointKings Peak, 13,534 feet
National ParksArches National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Zion National Park
State Population (2020)3,271,616
State Population Density39.8 people / square mile
Area Codes 385, 435, 801
Top 5 Cities (2020 population) Salt Lake City (204,087)
West Valley City (133,894)
West Jordan (116,530)
Provo (116,295)
Orem (98,970)

Government & Legislature

Statehood January 4, 1896
Electoral Votes6
State Flag Utah State Flag
GovernorOfficial Utah Governor Website
U. S. SenatorsList of U. S. Senators From Utah
U. S. RepresentativesList of U. S. Representatives From Utah
State SenatorsList of Utah State Senators
State RepresentativesList of Utah State Representatives
State GovernmentOfficial Site
State ConstitutionUtah State Constitution
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization DateOctober 6, 2014
Road ConditionsUtah Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date November 05, 2007

State Symbols

State AnimalRocky Mountain elk
State Astronomical SymbolBeehive cluster located in the constellation of Cancer the Crab
State Bird Common American gull
State Cooking PotDutch oven
State FirearmJohn M. Browning designed M1911 automatic pistol
State FishBonneville cutthroat trout
State Flower Sego lily
State Folk DanceSquare dance
State FossilAllosaurus
State FruitCherry
State GemTopaz
State GrassIndian rice grass
State Historic VegetableSugar beet
State Hymn"Utah We Love Thee"
State InsectHoneybee
State MineralCopper
State Motto Industry
Nickname Beehive State
State Railroad MuseumOgden Union Station
State RockCoal
State Song"Utah, This Is The Place"
State StarDubhe
State Tree Quaking aspen
State VegetableSpanish sweet onion
State Winter SportsSkiing and snowboarding

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams NBA: Utah Jazz
MLS: Real Salt Lake
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

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 “Wedding 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.

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