Salt Lake City Utah Real Estate and Travel Info
Salt Lake City is located in Salt Lake County and is the capital and largest city of Utah.
Salt Lake City is located to the South of Great Salt Lake and is surrounded by the mountains of the Wasatch Front.
Salt Lake City is the most populous city in Utah with more than 180,000 residents. The city a total area of 110.4 square miles (1.3 sq. miles water) with a population density of over 1,600 people per square mile. It is located at high elevations of over 4,200 feet above sea level.
Salt Lake City is a major center of business, commerce, culture, education, entertainment, sports, tourism, and transportation in Utah. The Salt Lake City Metropolitan Area expands to three counties and includes more than 1 million residents, about half of Utah’s population.
Salt Lake City has a strong service-oriented economy mostly centered in a downtown area full of skyscrapers with spectacular views of the nearby mountainous terrain. The city hosts the headquarters of printing company AlphaGraphics, Sinclair Oil Corporation, bank holding company Zions Bancorporation, and retailer Smith's Food and Drug.
Salt Lake City is home to the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including the Deseret Management Corporation and its subsidiaries. The LDS (aka Mormons) is the fourth largest Christian Denomination in the United States and has an international membership of over 13 million people.
Salt Lake City is served by the public school district of Salt Lake City School District and is home to 23 elementary schools, five middle schools and three high schools (Highland, East, West.) Higher education in Salt Lake City is at multiple universities and colleges with excellent programs. The largest school is the University of Utah which enrolls more than 25,000 students and employs more than 13,000 staff members, making it one of the largest employers in Utah. Westminster College is a private, liberal arts college that has more than 2,000 students. The South City campus serves over 6,000 students and is one of three campuses of Salt Lake Community College and sits on the former land of South High School. There is a campus of Eagle Gate College, a private college with programs in career education. The LDS Business College is a two year college serving more than 2,000 students owned by the LDS and affiliated with Brigham Young University system of universities.
The Salt Lake City Public Library system includes a main library and several branches dispersed around the city. The main library is a state of the art 240,000 square ft. 5 -story facility that offers as much educational resources as aesthetic appeal. The library has a collection of over 500,000 books as well as subscriptions to over 60 newspapers and magazines and over 160 internet capable computers.
Salt Lake City is home to several notable cultural venues and landmarks. Notable museums include Church History Museum, Utah Museum of Fine Arts as well as the Utah Museum of Natural History, and Discovery Gateway, an interactive children’s museum. Other museums are Utah State Historical Society, Daughters of Utah Pioneer Memorial Museum, Fort Douglas Military Museum, and the Social Hall Heritage Museum.
Salt Lake City includes many venues for both professional and amateur theatre. The city attracts many traveling Broadway and off-Broadway performances. Local professional acting companies include the Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, and Plan-B Theatre Company. The Off Broadway Theatre features comedy plays and Utah's longest running improv comedy troupe, Laughing Stock. Other Prominent performing arts organizations in Salt Lake City are Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Salt Lake Children's Choir, Department of Modern Dance (University of Utah), and professional dance companies Ballet West, Rire Woodbury, and Repertory Dance Theatre. Salt Lake City has produced mainstream music artists such as The Almost, The Brobecks, Meg and Dia, Royal Bliss, Shedaisy, The Summer Obsession, and The Used.
Salt Lake City is home to several professional and semi-professional sports teams. The most notable club is the Utah Jazz, who compete in the NBA and play at the 20,000 capacity EnergySolutions Arena, which also hosts other events. Other teams based in the city include Arena Football team Utah Blaze and baseball team Salt Lake Bees who compete in the Pacific Coast League. Additionally there are two teams who bear the city’s name but play in the nearby suburbs; soccer team Real Salt Lake (MLS) and Ice Hockey Team Utah Grizzlies (ECHL.)
Major routes passing through Salt Lake City are Interstate 15 and Interstate 80. Public transportation in Salt Lake City is provided by Utah Transit Authority bus and rail services. The UTA TRAX is a light rail service serving Salt Lake City and nearby southern communities, and FrontRunner is a commuter rail service that runs north. The Salt Lake City Intermodal Hub is a central station that connects to Amtrak and trains and Greyhound buses.
The city is home to the Salt Lake City International Airport, which serves over 2.5 million passengers a year. The airport is the only facility offering commercial flights in the Wasatch Front and is a major hub for Delta Airlines and SkyWest Airlines, Inc.