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City Summary - Salt Lake City, Utah
The most populous city in “The Beehive State,” Salt Lake City is the capital of Utah. With just under 200,000 residents, the city’s history dates back to the mid-19th century when Mormon leader Brigham Young and his followers founded it. Together, the newcomers irrigated and cultivated the dry valley that later benefitted from booms in mining and railroad construction, both of which brought financial prosperity to Salt Lake City. Today, its encircling mountains, year-round, world-class ski resorts and cultural outlets attract not only vacationers, but also those looking to settle in a city that is affectionately called the “Crossroads of the West.”

Salt Lake City’s economy has shifted over time from mining, steel and railroad operations to trade, transportation and industrial banking. The western North America Delta Air Lines hub at Salt Lake City International Airport is the city’s major employer, while others of significance include Sinclair Oil Corporation, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the University of Utah. Twenty-three elementary schools, five middle schools and three high schools comprise the Salt Lake City School District, which is complemented by several Catholic schools. The University of Utah, Westminster College, Salt Lake Community College and The Art Institute of Salt Lake City offer an array of higher education opportunities for learners.

Sports fans enjoy the National Basketball Association’s Utah Jazz as well as the Arena Football League’s Utah Blaze. Those who want to get in the game themselves can ski, snowboard, rock climb and hike at Salt Lake City’s many resorts and on it popular mountains. Of course, the world turned to Salt Lake City in 2002 when it hosted the Winter Olympics. The Church History Museum, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the Daughters of Utah Pioneers attract museum-goers, while the new City Creek Center will soon become the retail centerpiece and downtown arts hub. In addition, Salt Lake City attracts traveling Broadway performances and draws those who want to enjoy the melodious sounds of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Without a doubt, Salt Lake City’s unique blend of opportunities makes it an appealing choice. With all that is has to offer, this historic city continues to gain popularity with individuals and families alike.
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