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Location of Utah State


Capital: Salt Lake City

Population: 2,855,287 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)

Major Cities: Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Provo, West Jordan, Orem

Borders: Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $130,486 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)

Key Industries:
Mining including coal, petroleum, gold, and silver
Agriculture includes corn, hay, wheat, cattle, and sheep
Medical equipment, electronics, steel, and tourism

How Utah got its name: The name Utah comes from the Ute Indians and means people of the mountains.

Atlas of Utah State
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Utah State Symbols

State Nickname: Beehive State

State Slogan: Life Elevated; (formerly) Greatest Snow on Earth and Utah! Where Ideas Connect (the former and the 'Utah!' part of the latter were both on license plates)

State Motto: Industry

State flower: Sego lily

State bird: California Gull

State fish: Bonneville cutthroat trout

State tree: Blue Spruce

State mammal: Rocky Mountain elk

State foods: Sugar Beet, Jell-O

Becoming a State

Date admitted: Saturday, January 4, 1896

Number admitted: 45

Prior Name: Utah Territory

Postal Abbreviation: UT

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The Geography of Utah

Total Size: 82,144 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)

Geographical Low Point: Beaver Dam Wash at 2,000 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Washington (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Geographical High Point: Kings Peak at 13,528 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Duchesne (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Central Point: Located in Sanpete County approx. 3 miles north of Manti (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Counties: 29 (source: National Association of Counties)

Bodies of Water: Great Salt Lake, Utah Lake, Lake Powell, Sevier Lake, San Juan River, Colorado River, Green River

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