Salt Lake City, Utah Education and City Information

Jul 31, 2020

Information About Salt Lake City, Utah

As of 2019, Salt Lake City had an estimated population of 200,567, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Founded in 1847 by Brigham Young and several other followers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the city has numerous cultural and religious attractions related to the Mormon faith. These include the Church History Museum, the Eagle Gate Monument and Temple Square, which features the famed Salt Lake Tabernacle, home of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Other sites of interest in Salt Lake City include Clark Planetarium, children's museum Discovery Gateway, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (closed until Spring 2017 for remodeling) and the Natural History Museum of Utah.

In the summertime, residents and visitors can find opportunities for rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking just minutes from downtown. Autumn brings brilliant foliage along the city's canyon walls, and when snow falls, skiers flock to the area's world-class ski resorts.

Salt Lake City's Educational Opportunities

The University of Utah is the largest public postsecondary school in Salt Lake City, with a student enrollment of more than 32,500 as of Fall 2018. Four-year private nonprofit schools in the city include Western Governors University, with more than 136,000 students; Westminster College, with approximately 2,200 students; and Independence University, with an enrollment of about 11,200 students.

Students seeking an education of two years or less can choose from Salt Lake Community College, a public school that enrolled approximately 29,500 students as of Fall 2018, and Latter-day Saints Business College, a small private school offering certificates and associate's degrees in business-related fields.

Salt Lake City's Economy

Tourism is one of the primary industries in Salt Lake City, thanks in large part to its ski resorts, including Alta, Snowbird and Solitude. Health care and transportation also are top industries in the city, according to the 2015 rankings from Forbes.

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