by Wyoming in the north, Colorado in the east, Arizona in the south and Nevada in the west, Utah offers a variety of landscapes including everything from snow capped Rocky Mountains to verdant river valleys and hot arid deserts.
In contrast to the diverse topography, Utah is also famous for being one of the most homogeneous U.S. states in terms of religion, with Mormons making up more than 60% of the churchgoing population throughout the state.
Major industries of Utah include salt production around the Great Salt Lake, as well as oil production, mining and cattle ranching. Specific employers who hire heavily throughout the state include Delta Airlines, Walmart and Home Depot. Other top industries include health care, education and banking.
Tourism is also a major contributor to the overall economy with most of the state given over to five national parks, including Zion National Park, one of the nation's top ten most visited. Also known for world class skiing, Utah ski resorts are located in Provo, Ogden, Park City, Cedar City and near its capital, Salt Lake City.
Major cities: Salt Lake City (capital), Provo, Orem, Ogden,
Sandy, St. George
Population : 2,550,063
White : 93.8%
Black, African American : 1%
Hispanic : 10.9%
High school graduates : 87.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 26.1%
Average household income: $47,224
of Living: Sperling's
Best Places - Utah - Compared to the rest of the country,
Utah's cost of living is 0.30% higher than the U.S. average.
Personal Income Taxes: Utah's state tax system imposes a 5% flat rate on all income and wages. Residents must file state taxes using form TC-40 each year by April 15.
& Real Estate Overview : also see Zillow - Utah Real Estate Home ownership rate : 71.5%
Average home price : $178,500
Average travel time to work : 21.3 minutes
: In 2010, Utah ranked 41st in the nation according to several criteria including state financing, K-12 achievement and standards. Also seeUtah
State Office of Education
: Utah weather is generally influenced by elevation.
Most of the state enjoys low humidity throughout the year,
with even drier conditions in the Great Salt Lake Desert
region. In stark contrast, some 300-plus inches of snow
falls annually in mountain regions.