Utah is known for:
- The Great Salt Lake, the largest waltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere
- National parks
- Sundance Film Festival
Geography & Demographics
||Salt Lake City|
||Total (Land + Water): 84,899 sq miles; Land Only: 82,144 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
||Mountain Time Zone|
||Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming|
|Highest Point||Kings Peak, 13,534 feet|
|Tallest Building|| Wells Fargo Center in Salt Lake City, 422 feet |
|Largest Stadium||LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, capacity 63,470 |
|National Parks||Arches National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Zion National Park
|State Population (2020)||3,271,616|
|State Population Density||39.8 people / square mile|
||385, 435, 801|
|Top 5 Cities (2020 population)
Salt Lake City (204,087)
West Valley City (133,894)
West Jordan (116,530)
Government & Legislature
|State Animal||Rocky Mountain elk|
|State Astronomical Symbol||Beehive cluster located in the constellation of Cancer the Crab|
||Common American gull|
|State Cooking Pot||Dutch oven|
|State Firearm||John M. Browning designed M1911 automatic pistol|
|State Fish||Bonneville cutthroat trout|
||Sego lily |
|State Folk Dance||Square dance|
|State Grass||Indian rice grass|
|State Historic Vegetable||Sugar beet|
|State Hymn||"Utah We Love Thee"|
|State Railroad Museum||Ogden Union Station|
|State Song||"Utah, This Is The Place"|
|State Vegetable||Spanish sweet onion|
|State Winter Sports||Skiing and snowboarding|
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.
Popular Iconic Utah Foods
Utah is famous for the following foods:
- Pastrami Burgers
- Fry Sauce
- Funeral Potatoes
- Utah Scones
- 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
- 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.
This page was last updated on July 10, 2023.