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General Facts

For Utah

Utah real estate - homes for sale
 
Medium Household Income: $ 49,961
Income (w/ Children): $ 66,047
Population: 2,099,758
Land Area: 82,168 Square Miles
Population Density: 26 Persons per Square Mile
Nickname: Beehive State
Capital: Salt Lake City
Date of Statehood: January 4, 1896
State Bird: Seagull
State Flower: Sego Lily
State Tree: Blue Spruce

  

Utah is located in the western United States; partly in the Rocky Mountains. Its great variety of landscapes includes high wooded mountains, lakes, valley oases, barren salt flats, deserts, and a wild plateau country with strange rock formations and rainbow-colored canyons.

Habitation by nomadic desert peoples of the area that was to become Utah began several thousand years ago. The Anasazi Culture, which established intricately built settlements, reached their peak at about AD 1300. Native American tribes, including the Gosiute, Paiute, and Ute, were present when Spanish explorers made their earliest visits to the region. This area, which was claimed by Mexico, was chosen in 1847 by the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, as a refuge from persecution (see Mormonism). There they founded a theocratic commonwealth aloof from the rest of the nation and planned on the basis of a group of small self-sufficient agricultural communities. Their isolation was short-lived, however, because Utah became part of the United States in 1848 by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican War. In addition, the Mormon community was on the main route westward to the new gold-rush camps of California. The federal government tried to force the Mormons to conform to its standards and to give up some of their beliefs and practices, especially that of polygyny, a form of polygamy in which men have more than one wife, which was officially abandoned by the Mormons in 1890. Their reluctance to disavow the practice was chiefly responsible for Utah’s late entry, on January 4, 1896, into the Union as the 45th state.

Utah emerged into the mainstream of the nation’s development, but the Mormons’ way of life has continued to set the state apart in many ways.

The name Utah is derived from a Native American word meaning those who dwell high up or mountaintop dwellers. Arriving Europeans mistakenly believed the name referred to the Ute people, later applying the word to the state. The state’s original name was Deseret, from a word in the Book of Mormon that means land of the honey bee. It in turn gave rise to Utah’s nickname, the Beehive State, connoting hard work and industry.

From the time of its early settlement until the mid-20th century, Utah was known primarily for its agricultural and mining industries. By the mid-1990s, however, the state had developed a diversified economy, with a wide range of manufactured products. Tourism has also become a major element of the economy, and increasing numbers of visitors are attracted by the state’s many natural landmarks. Salt Lake City is Utah’s capital and largest city.

Utah ranks 13th in size among the states and has an area of 84,904 square miles, including 2,736 square miles of inland water. The state has an overall distance from north to south of345 miles and a maximum extent from east to west of 277 miles. The approximate mean elevation is 6,100 feet..

Temperatures decrease from the south to the north in the state. In the mountains the average temperature drops about 1° for every about about 1000 feet rise in elevation. Average July temperatures range from less than 60° in the mountains to more than 80° in a few locations in southern Utah. At Salt Lake City the average July temperature is 78°. There is a great variation between daytime and nighttime temperatures, and although daytime highs are often in the lower 90°s, summer nights are usually quite cool. Average January temperatures range from more than 35° in southwestern Utah to less than 20° in mountainous northeastern Utah. The average January temperature at Salt Lake City 29°.

In most of Utah the annual precipitation is between about 8 inches and 16 inches, but in the Great Salt Lake Desert it is less than 5 inches annually. In the highest parts of the mountains the precipitation averages more than 40 inches per year, mostly in the form of heavy winter snow.

Winter precipitation is mostly in the form of storms that originate over the Pacific Ocean. They bring large amounts of rain and snow to the southern and western slopes of the mountains but leave the leeward slopes and valleys relatively dry. Winter snows are particularly heavy in the Wasatch Mountains where single storms can bring several feet of snow and annual snowfall can reach 30 feet.. Most rain in summer occurs as local thunderstorms, which drop large quantities of rain on small areas, often creating flash floods.