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 majestic 11,000-foot peaks of the Wasatch Mountains to the east, and the Great Salt Lake and Oquirrh Mountains to the west, Salt Lake City is surrounded by majestic views in all directions. Its metro area population of 1.1 million ranks in the top 50 in the United States.
Named one of America’s friendliest cities by Travel+Leisure magazine, Salt Lake is the largest city in the state with 192,672 residents. Salt Lake City ranked No. 5 on Forbes’ annual list of “America’s Fastest-Growing Cities” in 2016 and the population along the Wasatch Front, which includes Ogden and Provo, has swelled to more than 2.4 million.
Its literacy rate, percentage of high school graduates, and percentage of college-educated citizens ranks among the best in the nation. The ethnic population is estimated at 37 percent. Salt Lake has a moderate four-season climate with an average 237 days of sunshine and 15% humidity.
With projects ranging from the renovation of historic buildings to the construction of new office towers, condominiums and apartments, Salt Lake City has experienced an influx of people not only working but living in the downtown area, and one in six residents is now in their 20s. Citing a favorable cost of living, growing economy and available amenities, Forbes ranked Salt Lake City the “No. 4 Best City for Young Professionals” in 2016.
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Forbes named Utah the “Best State for Business and Careers” for the fifth time in six years in December 2015, and recognized Salt Lake City as one of the major industrial banking, healthcare and transportation centers in the U.S. Several publications have taken note of Salt Lake’s high number of “creative class” workers—including artists, scientists, engineers, and others in technology fields. With a workforce that is growing exponentially, Bloomberg Business rated Salt Lake City as the eighth-strongest job market in America in May 2016.
Salt Lake City was rated by Livability.com as the “No. 5 Best Downtown in America” in March 2015. It features a wide range of dining options, live music, two large modern malls, a diverse array of specialty stores, art galleries, professional symphony, opera, theater, dance, and cultural and ethnic festivals.
The city played host to the 2002 Winter Olympics. The opening and closing ceremonies and the athletes’ village were located on the University of Utah campus. Salt Lake City annually joins forces with nearby resort town Park City to host the Sundance Film Festival.
Professional sports franchises in Salt Lake City include the Utah Jazz of the NBA and Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer. Other franchises are the Salt Lake Bees (AAA baseball), the Utah Grizzlies (hockey) and the Salt Lake Monarchs (USL soccer).
Salt Lake International Airport, a Delta Airlines hub, is located just 20 minutes from campus and is undergoing a $2.6 billion phased redevelopment. It offers direct flights to 84 U.S. destinations and 11 international cities. It was rated No. 2 in passenger satisfaction among the 250 busiest U.S. airports in 2016. TRAX light rail provides access to downtown Salt Lake, the University of Utah, the airport and many of the suburbs.
Some of the best skiing, fly fishing, backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing and river running found anywhere in the world is easily accessible. Eleven major ski resorts are within an hour drive from “Ski City.” Three of those resorts were listed among the “Top 10 in the U.S.” by Forbes in November 2015, including No. 2 Snowbird, No. 4 Alta and No. 10 Park City Mountain Resort.
Salt Lake was also recognized as “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.