Utah Facts


Utah Location In The US Utah State Map

Utah is known for:

  • The Great Salt Lake, the largest waltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere
  • Skiing
  • National parks
  • Mormons
  • Sundance Film Festival

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
Tallest Building Wells Fargo Center in Salt Lake City, 422 feet
Largest StadiumLaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, capacity 63,470
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 (Big 12)
Southern Utah University (Big Sky)
University of Utah (Pac-12)
Utah State University (Mountain West)
Utah Valley University (WAC)
Weber State University (Big Sky)

Table Tennis Clubs in Utah

City Table Tennis Club
IvinsThe Southern Utah Table Tennis Club
South Salt LakeSalt Lake City Table Tennis Club

Popular Tourist Attractions

Festivals and Events

Top festivals and events in Utah. They are listed in approximate order of when they take place during the year.

Festival / Event When Location
Bluff Balloon Festival January Bluff
Sundance Film Festival January Park City
Great Salt Lake Bird Festival May Farmington
Eyes to the Sky Balloon Festival June Salina
Ogden Arts Festival June Ogden
Utah Arts Festival June Salt Lake City
Utah Scottish Festival & Highland Games June Salt Lake City
Sandy City Balloon Festival August Sandy
Moab Music Festival August to September Moab
Oktoberfest August to October Salt Lake City
Timpanogos Storytelling Festival September Lehi
Utah State Fair September Salt Lake City
Red Rock Film Festival October Cedar City

Popular Iconic Utah Foods

Utah is famous for the following foods:

  • Pastrami Burgers
  • Fry Sauce
  • Funeral Potatoes
  • Utah Scones
  • Jell-O
  • Bear lake Raspberries
  • Dutch Oven Fare
  • Green River Melons
  • Utah Honey
  • Frog Eye Salad
  • Navajo Tacos

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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