Facts about Utah

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Utah was the 45th state admitted to the Union on January 4, 1896. It is a vast stretch of land with great natural variety including the majestic Rocky Mountains, the Great Salt Lake and Arches National Park. Here are 10 interesting facts about Utah.

Fact 1: Mormons account for 63% of the population of Utah.

Fact 2: The world’s first transcontinental railroad was completed in Utah on May 10, 1869. The spot is now called the Golden Spike.

Fact 3: The Great Salt Lake is the biggest salt water lake in all of the Americas. It has an area of 2,100 square miles.

Fact 4: Utah provides some of the worlds best powder snow skiing. This is because of its inland location making the snow very dry. Average snowfall in the mountains is around 500 inches.

Fact 5: The state was named after the Ute Indian tribe which means mountain people.

Fact 6: Utah has many national parks and monuments including. The parks: Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion. The monuments: Cedar Breaks, Dinosaur, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Natural Bridges, Hovenweep, Rainbow Bridge and Timpanogos Cave.

Fact 7: The literacy rate in Utah is the highest in the United States, and Utah has the lowest child poverty rate in the United States.

Fact 8: Since 2008, Utah has been the fastest growing state in terms of population, but it remains the 10th least densely populated state. Overall Utah is 34th in overall population.

Fact 9: Starting in Illinois, Brigham Young led the early Mormon pioneers to the Great Salt Lake area in 1847. These early settlers chose the desert land because there no one would bother them about their religion.

Fact 10: The vast mountains of Utah are a destination spot for all types of outdoor sports including hiking, climbing, skiing, mountain biking and camping.

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