61 Amazing Salt Lake City Facts For Kids!

Shirin Biswas
Jan 10, 2023 By Shirin Biswas
Originally Published on Mar 02, 2022
Edited by Daisha Capers
Fact-checked by Niyati Parab
Salt Lake City is located in Utah, USA
Age: 3-18
Read time: 7.2 Min

Located in Utah, Salt Lake City, or SLC, is known as the next Silicon Valley.

Speaking of valleys, the Salt Lake Valley floor is the remnants of a lake that existed during the Ice Age! The name Salt Lake City commemorates salt lakes that were located in the area when European settlers arrived in 1847.

Salt Lake City, the capital and most populous city of the state of Utah, is situated in the north-central portion of the state. Salt Lake City is surrounded by mountains and is intersected by the Jordan River.

The Location Of Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City is currently known for several things, and a lot of the importance that the city presently holds is because of its history. This city has a huge population count, and the quality of life here is considered to be great.

This is one of the reasons why people like to live and visit the city when in Utah.

This city is home to the greatest history of the Mormon Church.

In addition to this, Salt Lake City is also known as one of the greatest industrial areas.

The geographic location, as well as the resources available in Salt Lake City, make it one of the most potent areas for industrial development, which is one of the many reasons why the economy of this area has been booming over the past years.

Salt Lake City, or SLC, is located in the state of Utah.

Salt Lake City is the most populous city in Utah and the capital of Utah.

It is also ranked as the 22nd most densely populated city in the United States of America.

It is the seat of Salt Lake County.

The city is named after the Great Salt Lake.

The city was originally deemed the Great Salt Lake City.

It was not until fairly recently that the name was changed to Salt Lake City.

The Salt Lake area is characterized by its unique layout.

The city planning is such that an aerial view would show square-shaped chunks of land that are lined with broad streets.

This city is also surrounded by mountains.

Salt Lake City has the Wasatch range to its east and north.

The western side of the city is bound by the Oquirrh mountains.

The name Oquirrh is pronounced as 'oaker'.

The visual center point of the city is Temple Square.

Temple Square was previously known as Temple Block.

Many valleys and creeks surround the city.

Downtown Salt Lake City is located wedged between City Creek and Temple Square.

Downtown Salt Lake City is known as one of the most exciting places to live in Utah.

There are approximately 86430 households in Salt Lake City.

The average size of a household is around three people.

Around 47% of all households in Salt Lake City are headed by a married couple.

Around 30% of all households in Salt Lake City are headed by a single person.

Salt Lake City is situated along the banks of the Jordan River, which is located southeast.

The Great Salt Lake is not the greatest saltwater lake in the world, that spot is filled by Lake Balkhash.

The Bear, Weber, and Jordan Rivers flow into the Great Salt Lake.

There are as many as 14 salt lakes in the United States of America.

The Great Salt Lake is not nearly as salty as the Dead Sea!

The History Of Salt Lake City

The history of Salt Lake City has a lot to do with the Mormon Church and its settlement in the area. This is one of the reasons why SLC is still known as a hub for people of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, also known as LDS.

Present-day Salt Lake City was initially inhabited by Native American tribes.

Such tribes would be Paiute, Goshute, Shoshone, and Ute.

The city was founded in 1847.

Brigham Young, along with 148 Mormon followers founded the city along the banks of the Great Salt Lake.

Salt Lake City was created in the form of square patches of land surrounded by wide streets.

This layout was created with the vision that it would support agriculture in the area.

The original layout has been maintained to a large extent.

Streets were designed to be wide enough to facilitate u-turns made by oxcarts.

This is one of the things that the people of Salt Lake City have been grateful for to their ancestors.

Until 1868, this city was known as the Great Salt Lake City. In this year, the 'Great' was removed from the name, resulting in what we know the place by today!

The development of the city was a result of the California Gold Rush that took place in 1849.

Utah became a territory in 1850.

Salt Lake City was the territorial capital from 1856-1896, it became the state capital in 1896.

The Utah War took place between 1857-1858.

The population of the city went through a steady rise until 1960 when it started declining sharply.

The further increase in population started around the '70s.

Eventually, in the 21st century, the population counts of 1960 were recreated.

The Great Salt Lake is considered to be a remaining portion of the larger prehistoric Lake Bonneville that existed about 14000 years ago.

The Great Salt Lake is so alkaline that people float on its top.

Utah Jazz is cheered on by the entire population of Salt Lake City!

SLC became an excellent candidate to become the state capital because of its expansion, growth, and freedom that was given to its citizens.

Weather And Population of Salt Lake City

If you are wondering when would be the best time to visit Salt Lake City, we have some facts here that will tell you all you need to know!

Salt Lake City is located in Utah, which is one of the snowiest places on the face of the Earth!

This is one of the reasons why many people enjoy visiting ski resorts in Salt Lake City during the winter season.

The area receives around 53.6 in (1.3 m) of snowfall on an annual basis.

Climatic conditions of the area can be defined as cold and semi-arid.

Salt Lake City receives around 19.5 in (0.4 m) of rainfall annually.

In Salt Lake City, you can expect around 222 sunny days throughout the year!

What is Salt Lake City famous for?

SLC is famous for many things and the most important among those would be the Mormon Church and the cultural importance that it holds. In addition to this, the city also holds huge festivals, which not only excite locals but also encourage people from all over the country to visit and indulge in the fun!

Salt Lake City is said to be one of the gayest cities in the United States of America.

The ex-mayor of the city, Jackie Biskupski, was the first openly gay person to hold office in Salt Lake City.

This is one of the reasons why the Pride Parade is a huge celebration in Salt Lake City.

Thousands of people join in on the festivities, making it obvious that the city is very accepting of gender and sexual identities.

The Pride festival in the city started in 1983.

In 2014, SLC was also voted as the top 'least stressed out city' of the United States of America.

The cultural integrity of the city is also famous, and a great time to witness this would be the Utah Arts Festival.

The city is also home to many museums and you will surely find something to your liking here.

This city is a great place for people who have an interest in performing arts and would like to showcase their talent or gain more insight and knowledge.

American classics, such as 'The Sandlot', were shot in SLC.

Bridger Bay Beach is one of the places that must be visited while in SLC.

Even the establishment of the West Valley and the cultural diversity in SLC is celebrated through an event of its own. This event is known as the WestFest.

An aviary in Liberty Park, known as the Tracy Aviary, houses over a hundred bird species, which must be witnessed and appreciated as well!

Interestingly, the famous Eagle Gate Monument in SLC was initially supposed to be a marker for the entrance of Brigham Young's own area!

The Capitol Complex is located on Capitol Hill in SLC!

It houses important government offices in the state of Utah!

One of the greatest factors that make SLC famous is that the first Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) franchise in the world opened here in the year 1952.

SLC is nicknamed 'The Crossroads of the West.'

Cherries are deemed Utah's state fruit.

A must-try food item in SLC is the Navajo taco.

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Written by Shirin Biswas

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Language and Literature

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Shirin BiswasBachelor of Arts specializing in English Language and Literature

With a degree in English from Amity University, Noida, Shirin has won awards for oratory, acting, and creative writing. She has a wealth of experience as an English teacher, editor, and writer, having previously worked at Quizzy and Big Books Publishing. Her expertise lies in editing study guides for children and creating engaging content.

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Bachelor of Commerce

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Niyati ParabBachelor of Commerce

With a background in digital marketing, Niyati brings her expertise to ensure accuracy and authenticity in every piece of content. She has previously written articles for MuseumFacts, a history web magazine, while also handling its digital marketing. In addition to her marketing skills, Niyati is fluent in six languages and has a Commerce degree from Savitribai Phule Pune University. She has also been recognized for her public speaking abilities, holding the position of Vice President of Education at the Toastmasters Club of Pune, where she won several awards and represented the club in writing and speech contests at the area level.

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