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Utah

Utah
US State
NicknameBeehive State
MottoIndustry
Official languagesEnglish
DemonymUtahn or Utahan
CapitalSalt Lake City
Largest citycapital
Largest metro areaSalt Lake City
Area
Area Ranked13th
Total84899 sq mi 219887 km2
Width270 mi 435 km
Length350 mi 565 km
% water3.25
Population
Pop. Rank34th
Total2,763,885 (2010 Census)
Density27.2 /sq mi 10.50 /km2
Median income$50,614 (11th)
Elevation
Highest pointKings Peak
13528 ft 4126 m
Mean6100 ft 1860 m
Lowest pointBeaver Dam Wash
2180 ft 664 m
Other information
Admission to UnionJanuary 4, 1896 (45th)
GovernorGary R. Herbert (R)
Lieutenant GovernorGregory S. Bell (R)
LegislatureState Legislature
Upper houseState Senate
Lower houseHouse of Representatives
U.S. SenatorsOrrin Hatch (R)
Mike Lee (R)
U.S. House delegation1: Rob Bishop (R)
2: Jim Matheson (D)
3: Jason Chaffetz (R)
Timezone
Time zoneMountain: UTC-7/-6

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Utah (c-enˈjuːtɔː or c-enaudio=en-us-Utah is a state in the Western United States. It was the 45th state admitted to the Union, on January 4, 1896. Approximately 80% of Utah's 2,763,885 people live along the Wasatch Front, centering on Salt Lake City. This leaves vast expanses of the state nearly uninhabited, making the population the sixth most urbanized in the U.S. The name "Utah" is derived from the name of the Ute tribe and means "people of the mountains" in the Ute language. Utah is bordered by Arizona on the south, Colorado on the east, Wyoming on the northeast, Idaho on the north and Nevada on the west. It also touches a corner of New Mexico.

Utah is the most religiously homogeneous state in the Union. Approximately 60% of Utahns are reported to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), which greatly influences Utah culture and daily life.

The state is a center of transportation, information technology and research, government services, mining, and a major tourist destination for outdoor recreation. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's population estimates, Utah was the fastest growing state in the United States as of 2008. St. George, Utah, was the fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States from 2000 2005.


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