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Salt Lake City is a city in Salt Lake County.

It is the state capital and the county seat.

The latitude of Salt Lake City is 40.760N. The longitude is -111.89W.

It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 4,262 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 179,894.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Salt Lake City demographic reports
Salt Lake City is bordered by the Great Salt Lake and the Wasatch Range.
Former and merged names include:
· Great Salt Lake City
The city was founded by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Early setbacks included a plague of crickets, fortunately followed by a large flock of insect-hungry gulls.

The gold rush brought growth, as local merchants sold supplies to miners on their way west.

The city hosted the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

Local landmarks include a monument to the seagull, beloved by settlers because it ate the crickets devouring farmers' crops.
Public transportation: Utah Transit Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,294. The number of murders and homicides was 17. The violent crime rate was 7 per 1,000 people.
Ranked top home town in the state, February 2001 in the ePodunk Home Towns Index
Filming location for:
· 1997 movie, "Truth or Consequences, N.M."
· 1997 movie, "A Life Less Ordinary"
Well-known residents have included:
· Loretta Young, actress
· Wilford Brimley, actor
· Roseanne, comedian, actress
· Wallace Stegner, writer
· Chad Hedrick, 2006 Olympics gold medalist
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Bad Ass Coffee, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Jewish Art & Food Festival - Nov. 10-11, 2007
  • Utah State Fair - Sept. 6-16, 2007
  • Japanese Fall Festival - Sept. 22, 2007
  • Greek Festival - Sept. 8, 2007
  • Utah Arts Festival - June 21-24, 2007
  • Japan Festival - April 28, 2007
Dates often change. Check Salt Lake City web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Utah Symphony
Nearby parks & recreation: Liberty Park, Memorial Grove, Jordan River State Park, This Is The Place State Park, Wasatch Cache National Forest
Public spaces: Temple Square
Salt Lake City attractions: Hogle Zoo, Red Butte Garden and Arboretum
Sports teams: Jazz (NBA), Utah Blaze (Arena Football League), Bees (minor league baseball), Real Salt Lake (Major League Soccer)
Historic sites and museums: Daughters of Utah Pioneer Memorial Museum, Mormon Temple, Family History Library, Museum of Church History and Art, Beehive House
Colleges and universities: University of Utah, Westminster College of Salt Lake City
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 193
The homesickness was not merely for Salt Lake, a city in a valley under the lee of mountains, with the glint of the lake off westward, but for a whole region, a whole lifetime of acclimatization and expectation.
-- Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs
Wallace Stegner

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Salt Lake City demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Salt Lake County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Salt Lake City-Ogden area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 84180 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

10% of Salt Lake City residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Salt Lake City ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Salt Lake City was $20,752, compared with $21,587 nationally.


35% of Salt Lake City residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

Fairs, festivals & other events
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Historic districts in Salt Lake City include Avenues Historic District, Capitol Hill Historic District, City Creek Canyon Historic District, Exchange Place Historic District, South Temple Historic District, Temple Square, Tenth Ward Square, University of Utah Circle, Warehouse District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Salt Lake City, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $516.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,116.


Libraries in Salt Lake City include Calvin S. Smith Library, East Millcreek Library, Family History Library, Holladay Library, Salt Lake City P Library Anderson/Foothill Br, Salt Lake City Public Library Chapman Branch, Salt Lake City Public Library Day-Riverside Br, Salt Lake City Public Library Headquarters, Salt Lake City Public Library Sprague Branch, Salt Lake City Public Library Sweet Branch ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in Salt Lake City include Deseret News, Salt Lake Tribune

TV stations in Salt Lake City include KJZZ, KSL, KSTU, KTMW, KTVX, KUED, KUTV.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KCPW-FM., KUER-FM.

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Salt Lake County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Salt Lake City political report.

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Salt Lake City restaurants taking online reservations include Aristo's, Bambara, Butterfly, Caffe Molise, Faustina, Fresco Italian Cafe, Lugano Restaurant, Metropolitan, Oasis Cafe, Spencer's for Steaks & Chops ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Salt Lake City workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 44 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Salt Lake City between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.


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“ The homesickness was not merely for Salt Lake, a city in a valley under the lee of mountains, with the glint of the lake off westward, but for a whole region, a whole lifetime of acclimatization and expectation. ”
~ Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs
Wallace Stegner

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