Gymnastics Team Fly Fishing
Gymnastics Team Snowmobiling
Salt Lake City, home to the University of Utah and the state’s capital city, merges the amenities of a major metropolitan area with beautiful natural surroundings. With 186,440 residents, Salt Lake City is the largest city in the state and its metro population of 1,124,197 ranks in the top 50 in the United States. Yet Salt Lake City maintains the charm of a small western city.
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- Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine ranks Salt Lake City No. 5 on its list of the “10 Best Cities for the Next Decade” in its June 2010 issue.
- Forbes Magazine ranked Salt Lake City the third-best big city for jobs and fourth-best city for tech jobs in May 2012. The magazine also recognized Utah as the “Best State for Business and Careers” for the second straight year in 2011.
- One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Salt Lake City offers majestic views in all directions and is surrounded by the 11,000-foot peaks of the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountains.
- Recreational opportunities abound with some of the best skiing, fly fishing, backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing and river running found anywhere in the world.
- Seven major ski resorts are within a 30-minute drive from downtown Salt Lake City. Ten national parks are within a day’s drive.
- Men’s Fitness magazine named Salt Lake the “Fittest City in the Nation” in 2009.
- Salt Lake City was host to the 2002 Winter Olympics. Opening and closing ceremonies and the athletes’ village were on the University of Utah campus.
- Cultural and ethnic activities flourish in Salt Lake City and its vibrant downtown features dining, shopping, music and ethnic festivals, art galleries, professional symphony, opera, theater and dance.
- Salt Lake City joins forces with the nearby resort town of Park City to host the annual Sundance Film Festival.
- Professional sports provide yet another source of entertainment. Professional franchises in Salt Lake City include the Utah Jazz of the NBA, Real Salt Lake (Major League Soccer) and the Utah Blaze (Arena Football League). Other pro franchises in the city are the Salt Lake Bees (AAA baseball) and the Utah Grizzlies (hockey).
- Salt Lake City boasts the nation’s highest literacy rate, highest percentage of high school graduates and highest-percentage of college-educated people.
- Salt Lake has a moderate four-season climate with an average 237 days of sunshine and 15% humidity.
- Salt Lake International Airport, a Delta Airlines and hub ranked as the 23rd-busiest airport in the U.S., is located just 15 minutes from campus. It was rated the third-best airport in the U.S. by Zagat.com.