Salt Lake City
H ome to the University of Utah and the state’s capital city, Salt Lake City blends the amenities of a major metropolitan area with beautiful natural surroundings.
Featuring the 11,000-foot peaks of the Wasatch Mountains to the east, and the Oquirrh Mountains and the Great Salt Lake to the west, Salt Lake City is surrounded by majestic views in all directions. Its metro area ranks in the top 50 in the United States with a population of 1,124,197. Yet, Salt Lake City maintains the charm of a small western city.
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Living in Salt Lake
Salt Lake City ranks among the nation’s top cities for literacy rate, percentage of high school graduates and percentage of college-educated citizens. It is the largest city in the state with 189,314 residents according to 2012 census figures. Six of its suburbs rank among the fastest growing cities in the nation from 2010-12. Salt Lake has a moderate four-season climate with an average 237 days of sunshine and 15% humidity.
Salt Lake City was ranked as the “No. 5 Best City for the Next Decade” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine in June 2010. In April 2013, Kiplinger’s ranked Salt Lake “Best City for New College Graduates.” It was named the third-best big city for jobs and fourth-best city for tech jobs by Forbes Magazine in May 2012. The magazine also recognized Utah as the “Best State for Business and Careers” for the third straight year in December 2012.
Some of the best skiing, fly fishing, backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing and river running found anywhere in the world is easily accessible. Seven major ski resorts are within a 30-minute drive from downtown Salt Lake City. Alta/Snowbird was ranked the No. 2 ski resort in the U.S. by Forbes in December 2012. National Geographic named Salt Lake “America’s Best Hiking City” in May 2012. Ten national parks are within a day’s drive.
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 was host to the 2002 Winter Olympics. Opening and closing ceremonies and the athletes’ village were on the University of Utah campus. 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 of Major League Soccer). Other pro franchises are the Salt Lake Bees (AAA baseball) and the Utah Grizzlies (hockey).
Salt Lake International Airport, a Delta Airlines and hub, is located just 20 minutes from campus. It ranks as one of the top 100 airports in the world by Skytrax and the 23rd-busiest airport in the U.S.
TRAX light rail provides access to downtown Salt Lake, the University of Utah, the airport and many of the suburbs. FrontRunner commuter rail offers service from Ogden to Provo.