Quick Facts & Stats

Population (Source: US Census Bureau, 2017 Population Estimates)

Salt Lake City: 200,544 
Salt Lake County: 1,135,649
Wasatch Front: 2,192,225 
State of Utah: 3,101,833


City: 4,330 feet 1,320 meters 

Nearby mountains: 
Snowbird base: 8,100 feet (2,469 meters) 
Hidden Peak (Snowbird Peak): 11,000 feet (3,353 meters)
Alta base elevation: 8,530ft (2600m)
Alta Top Elevation: 10,550ft (3,216m)
Solitude Mountain Resort base elevation: 7,984ft (2,435m)
Solitude Mountain Resort top elevation: 10,035ft (3,059m)
Brighton Ski Resort base elevation: 8,755ft (2,669m)
Brighton Ski Resort top elevation: 10,750ft (3280m)
Lone Peak elevation: 11,260ft (3432m)


Average daily temperature (average of high/low for 24 hour period 1971-2000)
January           29.2 F / -1.5 C
February         34.5 F / 1.4 C
March             43.1 F / 6.2 C
April               50.0 F / 10 C
May                58.9 F / 14.9 C
June               69.0 F / 20.5 C
July                77.0 F / 25 C
August            75.6 F / 24.2 C
September      65.0 F / 18.3 C
October          52.5 F / 11.4 C
November       39.6 F / 4.2 C
December       30.2 F / -1 C


Salt Lake lies in a mountain valley with the Wasatch Mountains to the east and north. The Oquirrh (pronounced "oaker") Mountains border the western edge of the valley. Salt Lake's official elevation is 4,330 feet/1,320 meters above sea level. The city is situated on land once covered by the prehistoric Lake Bonneville. This ancient lake existed within portions of Utah, Nevada, and Idaho, with an elevation rising from 4,200 feet to 5,200 feet (1,280 meters to 1,585 meters) at some points. The eastern and northern portions of the city are located on a series of terraces, or former beaches, which are known locally as "the benches."

Airport Transportation

The airport is just 10 minutes from downtown. Taxis, limousines, buses, and shuttles provide airport service to anywhere in the valley and to local ski resorts. Many hotels provide complimentary airport shuttle service. 
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Public Transportation

Utah Transit Authority (UTA) provides over 100 bus routes throughout an 1,800 square-mile area. UTA also provides light-rail service, airport transportation, service to ski resorts in winter, and door-to-door transportation for disabled passengers. A free fare zone is available downtown.
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Driving Laws

Safety belts are required by law in Utah. All occupants of private vehicles must be wearing safety restraints. Children should be secured in car seats or safety belts. 
Please don't drink and drive. Like many Western states, Utah has stringent laws. A blood alcohol content of 0.08% or more is considered "driving under the influence" and you will be arrested and charged with a crime. Salt Lake is 4,300 feet above sea level. Consume alcohol cautiously as it has more effect at this altitude, and even more at ski area altitudes of 7,000-8,000 feet.


Salt Lake, and Utah, are highly regarded as business locations and travel destinations. Find out where Salt Lake ranks in the "Best of the Best" lists from various publications.

Time Zone

Utah is in the Mountain Time Zone and uses Daylight Savings Time.

Area Codes

Utah's area codes are 801, 385 and 435. Unless otherwise noted, the area code for telephone numbers listed on this site is 801.

Liquor Laws

Misperceptions abound when it comes to Utah's liquor laws. It is as easy to get a drink in Salt Lake as it is to order a meal.

Religious Services

Salt Lake's citizens are a blend of religious and cultural backgrounds. Most of the world's denominations are represented in Salt Lake.

Important Telephone Numbers

Traffic/Road Conditions/Transit Info: 511 
Toll-free outside Utah 866-511-UTAH

Services for the Disabled: 800-333-8824

Time and Temperature: 801-467-8463

Airport Information: 801-575-2400


Fire, Medical, or Police: 911

Police (non emergency): 801-799-3000

Highway Patrol Office:801-887-3800

Highway Helpline (limited cellular): *11