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Utah is a state in the western United States. It became the 45th state admitted to the Union on January 4, 1896. Utah is the 13th-largest, the 33rd-most populous, and the 10th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States. Utah has a population of about 2.9 million, approximately 80% of whom live along the Wasatch Front, centering on Salt Lake City. Utah is bordered by Colorado to the east, Wyoming to the northeast, Idaho to the north, Arizona to the south, and Nevada to the west. It also touches a corner of New Mexico in the southeast.

Approximately 62% of Utahns are reported to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or LDS (Mormons), which greatly influences Utah culture and daily life. The world headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) is located in Utah's state capital, Salt Lake City. Utah is the most religiously homogeneous state in the United States, the only state with a Mormon majority, and the only state with a majority population belonging to a single church.

The state is a center of transportation, education, information technology and research, government services, mining, and a major tourist destination for outdoor recreation. In 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that Utah had the second fastest-growing population of any state. St. George was the fastest–growing metropolitan area in the United States from 2000 to 2005. Utah also has the 14th highest median average income out of U.S. states, and has the 2nd highest income when adjusted for cost of living. A 2012 Gallup national survey found Utah overall to be the "best state to live in" based on 13 forward-looking measurements including various economic, lifestyle, and health-related outlook metrics.


Temple Square, a complex in Salt Lake City owned by the LDS Church

Zion National Park

Delicate Arch in Arches National Park

Map of Utah Counties

The skyline of Salt Lake City


Population Statistics

Census Counts (April 1)
20102,763,885340.90 %308,745,538
20002,233,169340.79 %281,421,906
19901,722,850350.69 %248,790,925
19801,461,037360.64 %226,545,805
2000 to 2010 % change23.8 %39.7 %
1990 to 2010 % change60.4 %324.1 %
1980 to 2010 % change89.2 %436.3 %

Components of Population Change in 2014NumberRankPercent of U.S.U.S.
Net Domestic Migration-1,23523
Net International Migration5,465330.55 %995,944
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)36,14182.65 %1,363,581
Births51,447281.30 %3,957,577
Deaths15,306370.59 %2,593,996

Economy Statistics
Real Gross Domestic Product by State over Time (millions of chained 2009 dollars)Adj. Amount
RankChange Index
(YR 2009=100)
Change 2010 to 201412,1682210.679

Per Capita Personal IncomeNumberRankPercent of U.S.
Per Capita Income - 2014$37,7664381.9 %
Per Capita Income - 2004 (adj. for inflation)$34,5044780.3 %
Per Capita Income - 1994 (adj. for inflation)$28,3944779.7 %
Per Capita Income - 1984 (adj. for inflation)$25,9094382.4 %
10-Year % Change9.5 %21
20-Year % Change33.0 %23
30-Year % Change45.8 %36