Utah

Utah (/ˈjuːtɑː/ YOO-tah, /ˈjuːtɔː/ (listen) YOO-taw) is a state in the Mountain West subregion of the Western United States. It 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. Of the fifty U.S. states, Utah is the 13th-largest by area; with a population over three million, it is the 30th-most-populous and 11th-least-densely populated. Urban development is mostly concentrated in two areas: the Wasatch Front in the north-central part of the state, which is home to roughly two-thirds of the population and includes the capital city, Salt Lake City; and Washington County in the south, with more than 170,000 residents.[9] Most of the western half of Utah lies in the Great Basin.

Utah
State of Utah
Nickname(s): 
"Beehive State" (official), "The Mormon State", "Deseret"
Motto(s): 
Industry
Anthem: "Utah...This Is the Place"
Map of the United States with Utah highlighted
CountryUnited States
Before statehoodUtah Territory
Admitted to the UnionJanuary 4, 1896 (45th)
Capital
(and largest city)
Salt Lake City
Largest metro and urban areasSalt Lake City
Government
  GovernorSpencer Cox (R)
  Lieutenant GovernorDeidre Henderson (R)
LegislatureState Legislature
  Upper houseState Senate
  Lower houseHouse of Representatives
JudiciaryUtah Supreme Court
U.S. senatorsMike Lee (R)
Mitt Romney (R)
U.S. House delegation1: Blake Moore (R)
2: Chris Stewart (R)
3: John Curtis (R)
4: Burgess Owens (R) (list)
Area
  Total84,899 sq mi (219,887 km2)
  Land82,144 sq mi (212,761 km2)
  Water2,755 sq mi (7,136 km2)  3.25%
Area rank13th
Dimensions
  Length350 mi (560 km)
  Width270 mi (435 km)
Elevation
6,100 ft (1,860 m)
Highest elevation13,534 ft (4,120.3 m)
Lowest elevation2,180 ft (664.4 m)
Population
 (2020)
  Total3,271,616 [5]
  Rank30th
  Density36.53/sq mi (14.12/km2)
  Density rank41st
  Median household income
$60,365[6]
  Income rank
14th
Demonym(s)Utahn or Utahan[7]
Language
  Official languageEnglish
Time zoneUTC−07:00 (Mountain)
  Summer (DST)UTC−06:00 (MDT)
USPS abbreviation
UT
ISO 3166 codeUS-UT
Traditional abbreviationUt.
Latitude37° N to 42° N
Longitude109°3′ W to 114°3′ W
Websiteutah.gov
Utah state symbols
Living insignia
BirdCalifornia gull
FishBonneville cutthroat trout[8]
FlowerSego lily
GrassIndian ricegrass
MammalRocky Mountain Elk
ReptileGila monster
TreeQuaking aspen
Inanimate insignia
DanceSquare dance
DinosaurUtahraptor
FirearmBrowning M1911
FossilAllosaurus
GemstoneTopaz
MineralCopper[8]
RockCoal[8]
TartanUtah State Centennial Tartan
State route marker
State quarter
Released in 2007
Lists of United States state symbols

Utah has been inhabited for thousands of years by various indigenous groups such as the ancient Puebloans, Navajo and Ute. The Spanish were the first Europeans to arrive in the mid-16th century, though the region's difficult geography and harsh climate made it a peripheral part of New Spain and later Mexico. Even while it was Mexican territory, many of Utah's earliest settlers were American, particularly Mormons fleeing marginalization and persecution from the United States. Following the Mexican–American War in 1848, the region was annexed by the U.S., becoming part of the Utah Territory, which included what is now Colorado and Nevada. Disputes between the dominant Mormon community and the federal government delayed Utah's admission as a state; only after the outlawing of polygamy was it admitted in 1896 as the 45th.

Slightly over half of all Utahns are Mormons, the vast majority of whom are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), which has its world headquarters in Salt Lake City;[10] Utah is the only state where a majority of the population belongs to a single church.[11] The LDS Church greatly influences Utahn culture, politics, and daily life,[12] though since the 1990s the state has become more religiously diverse as well as secular.

Utah has a highly diversified economy, with major sectors including transportation, education, information technology and research, government services, mining, and tourism. Utah has been one of the fastest growing states since 2000,[13] with the 2020 U.S. Census confirming the fastest population growth in the nation since 2010. St. George was the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the United States from 2000 to 2005.[14] Utah ranks among the overall best states in metrics such as healthcare, governance, education, and infrastructure.[15] It has the 14th-highest median average income and the least income inequality of any U.S. state. A 2012 Gallup national survey found Utah overall to be the "best state to live in the future" based on 13 forward-looking measurements including various economic, lifestyle, and health-related outlook metrics.[16]