Home 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, as well as 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 1.2 million.
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LIVING IN SALT LAKE
Salt Lake City has been rated one of the top 10 most exciting mid-sized cities and ranks among the nation’s top cities for literacy rate, percentage of high school graduates and percentage of college-educated citizens. Salt Lake is the largest city in the state with 189,314 residents according to 2012 census figures. The ethnic population is the metro area is 35 percent. Salt Lake City 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” with 17 percent of its population in their 20s. 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.
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 and Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer. Other pro franchises are the Salt Lake Bees (AAA baseball) and the Utah Grizzlies (hockey).
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’s Cottonwood Canyon was ranked fifth and Park City fourth in USA Today’s Best Ski Destination poll in December 2013. Other honors include “one of the top 10 mountain-biking cities in North America” by Singletracks.com in March 2014 and “America’s best hiking city” by National Geographic in May 2012. Ten national parks are within a day’s drive.
Salt Lake International Airport, a Delta Airlines and hub, is located just 20 minutes from campus and offers direct flights to 92 U.S. cities. It led the nation in both on-time departures and arrivals for the sixth time in the last 10 years in 2013. TRAX light rail provides access to downtown Salt Lake, the University of Utah, the airport and many of the suburbs.