State Abbreviation UT
State Capital Salt Lake City
State Size Total (Land + Water): 84,899 sq miles; Land Only: 82,144 sq miles
Number of Counties 29
Time Zone Mountain Time
Bordering States Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming
Highest Point Kings Peak, 13,534 feet
National Parks Arches National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Zion National Park
State Population (2015) 2,995,919
State Population Density 36.5 people / square mile
Area Codes 385, 435, 801
Top 5 Cities (2010 population)
Salt Lake City (186,440)
West Valley City (129,480)
West Jordan (103,712)
State Animal Rocky Mountain elk
State Astronomical Symbol Beehive cluster located in the constellation of Cancer the Crab
State Bird Common American gull
State Cooking Pot Dutch oven
State Fish Bonneville cutthroat trout
State Flower Sego lily
State Folk Dance Square dance
State Fossil Allosaurus
State Fruit Cherry
State Gem Topaz
State Grass Indian rice grass
State Historic Vegetable Sugar beet
State Hymn "Utah We Love Thee"
State Insect Honeybee
State Mineral Copper
State Motto Industry
Nickname Beehive State
State Railroad Museum Ogden Union Station
State Rock Coal
State Song "Utah, This Is The Place"
State Star Dubhe
State Tree Quaking aspen
State Vegetable Spanish sweet onion
•There are two theories on the origination of the word "Utah": The first is that it originates from the Native American "Ute" tribe which means "people of the mountains." The second is that it originates from the Native American word "yuttahih," meaning "higher up." In either case, the origin came from the Native Americans.
•Utah is one of only two states in the United States to outlaw all forms of gambling.
•At Four Corners, in the southeast, Utah meets Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona at right angles, the only such meeting of states in the country.
•Approximately 62% of Utah residents are Mormons, or members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Utah is the most homogeneous state in the nation in terms of religion.
•The Great Salt Lake is saltier than the ocean. Its salt content can be more than seven times that of the ocean.
•On May 10, 1869, the First Transcontinental Railroad was completed at Promontory Summit, Utah. The event was billed as the “Wedding of the Rails," as it represented the joining of railroads built by two companies, the Union Pacific Railroad and the Central Pacific Railroad.
•In 1912, policeman Lester Wire invented the first red-green electric traffic lights in Salt Lake City, Utah.
•In Utah, individuals may not supply beer to the public in containers larger than two liters unless they are licensed to do so.
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