Salt Lake City is both the capital of Utah and the state's largest city with a population of nearly 200,000 people. It is also the largest city in Utah. According to U.S. census estimates, the Salt Lake City metropolitan area has an estimated population of just over one million people.
Salt Lake City is located in central Utah, near the eastern shore of the Great Salt Lake. It is home to three Fortune 1000 companies. The world's largest copper mine, the Bingham Canyon Mine, is located near Salt Lake City. It is the largest manmade excavation on earth. It is a half-hour drive southwest of Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City was ranked as the 9th "Most Fun U.S. City" in a survey conducted in 2003 by Cranium Inc. Factors taken into account include the number of sports teams, restaurants, dance performances, toy stores, the amount of a city's budget that is spent on recreation, and other factors.
Salt Lake City's climate is characterized by four distinct seasons. January is the coldest month of the year with average daily temperatures of 39 degrees Fahrenheit. July is the warmest month with average annual daily temperatures of 89 degrees Fahrenheit. On average, Salt Lake City receives just over 15 inches of rain a year and 54 inches of snow. Nearby mountains can get as much as 500 inches of snow during winter.
Salt Lake Valley was originally settled by Native Americans who lived in the valley for thousands of years prior to the arrival of European settlers. Salt Lake City was founded by Brigham Young and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).
Some key dates in Salt Lake City's history include:
Salt Lake City is a center for arts and culture. Salt Lake City offers museums, the performing arts, and more. Some of Salt Lake City's more notable museums include:
For patrons of the performing arts, Salt Lake City is home to many wonderful performing arts attractions. Some of the more notable include:
Salt Lake City is also home to the Sundance Film Festival as well as the Utah Arts Festival.
For a relatively small city, Salt Lake City has plenty to offer even the most avid sports fan. Salt Lake City is home to the following major sports teams:
The mountains around Salt Lake City are a winter sports enthusiast's dream. Salt Lake City is within a half hour drive of some of the most renowned ski resorts in the world. There are also at least fifteen national parks and monuments, within a day's drive of Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City has attractions too numerous to do justice in a simple list. Some of Salt Lake City's more notable and unique attractions include:
Salt Lake City has many nightlife entertainment options, including country western line dancing, jazz and blues, rock n' roll, and more. Good places to find out the latest attractions, events, happenings, performances, and restaurants include the "Entertainment" section of the Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City Weekly, and Salt Lake magazine.
Salt Lake City strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Utah):
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Comparing Salt Lake City to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Utah (State):
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