Nicknamed the Crossroads of the West, Salt Lake City is the state capital for Utah and is America’s 22nd-most highly populated state capital city. The capital’s name reflects the city’s proximity to Great Salt Lake.
Guinness World Records points to the ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating Series event at Salt Lake City’s super-fast Utah Olympic Oval track as being where South Korean Hwang Daeheon set the men’s world record for the fastest short-track speed skate over 1,000 meters completed in one minute 20.875 seconds.
Salt Lake City serves as headquarters for one major corporations recognized as belonging to the Forbes Global 2000 world’s biggest companies: bank holding firm Zions Bancorporation.
Utah shipped U$12.078 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Utahn exports are gold, electronic integrated circuit memories, miscellaneous food preparations, safety airbags, medical needles and catheters, civilian aircraft, x-ray components, non-electrical graphite or carbon, packaged miscellaneous retail medications as well as beauty and skin care preparations according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Salt Lake City was 3.2% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Salt Lake City, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Beehive House, Benson Grist Mill, Jon M. Huntsman Center, Joseph Smith Memorial Building, McCune Mansion, Smith’s Ballpark, Vivint Smart Home Arena,
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Salt Lake City, United States:
- Roseanne Barr, award-winning comedian & actress (born Nov. 3, 1952)
- Cael Sanderson, Olympic wrestling gold medalist & coach (born Jun. 20, 1979)
- Derek Hough, professional dancer & choreographer (born May 17, 1985)
- Steve Young, professional NFL football quarterback (born Oct. 11, 1961)
- Ted Ligety, Olympic ski racing gold medalist (born Aug. 31, 1984)
- Faye Gulini, professional snowboarder (born Mar. 24, 1992)
- Richard Bachman, professional NHL hockey goaltender (born Jul. 25, 1987)
- Scott Mitchell, professional NFL quarterback (born Jan. 2, 1968)
- Dorothy Poynton-Hill, Olympic diving gold medalist (born Jul. 17, 1915)
- David Zabriskie, professional road bicycle racer (born Jan. 12, 1979)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Salt Lake City resident: Salt Laker
Population: 192,672 (Salt Lake City city limits)
Density: 1,766 people per square mile (682 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,333,914 (Salt Lake City metropolitan area)
Density: 140 people per square mile (54 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$78.95 billion as of March 2015 (Salt Lake City metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $59,187
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Salt Lake City: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on June 4, 2017
Census Charts Index, Metropolitan Areas: Population & Housing Density. Accessed on June 4, 2017
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016. Accessed on June 4, 2017
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on June 4, 2017
Guinness World Records, Largest car park. Accessed on June 4, 2017
Nations Online, Capital Cities of the USA. Accessed on June 4, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Salt Lake City official website. Accessed on June 4, 2017
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries. Accessed on June 4, 2017
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on June 4, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on June 4, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on June 4, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Salt Lake City city flag. Accessed on June 4, 2017
Wikipedia, Salt Lake City. Accessed on June 4, 2017
Wikipedia, Salt Lake City metropolitan area. Accessed on June 4, 2017
Wikipedia, Utah. Accessed on June 4, 2017
Within city limits, Salt Lake City occupies 109.1 square miles (282.5 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 192,672 Salt Lakers in 2016.
Also called the Salt Lake City, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Salt Lake City metropolitan area has a land area of 9,538.78 square miles (24,705.32 square kilometers) with a metropolitan area population of 1.334 million inhabitants.
At the city level, Salt Lake City’s population density is 1,766 residents per square mile (682 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Salt Lake City metropolitan area with an average 140 inhabitants per square mile (54 per square kilometer).
Salt Lakers celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.