Salt Lake City


About the Salt Lake City Region

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Historic Salt Lake City is a city of settlement and growth. Salt Lake City is the capitol city of the state of Utah and boasts a population of 178,097 million residents as of the 2005 census and its metro population is the third largest after Denver and Phoenix in the western United States. Salt Lake City encompasses fifteen suburbs and is the seat of Salt Lake County. Salt Lake City's metropolitan area is Wasatch Front an urban area that is home to nearly 2 million residents.


The Climate of Salt Lake City is characterized by four distinct seasons. The summers and winters are long with hot dry summers and cold snowy winters, with spring and fall serving as brief but warm transition periods. Spring is the wettest season the city receives 16.50 inches of precipitation annually.

The yearly average temperature is 52 F (11.1 C). Salt Lake's summer temperatures reach from 90 F (32 C) degrees to 107 F (41 C) in July. Salt Lake City averages 26 days of temperatures below 32 F (0 C) and 3 days below zero.

History of the Area

Salt Lake City's early history is one of religious flight from persecution. Prior to 1847 the Shoshone, Ute, and Paiute inhabited the Salt Lake area. The City was named for its location near the Great Salt Lake and was originally known as "Great Salt Lake City." The first European settlers were a group of settlers known as the Latter-day Saints fleeing from hostility in the east. The religious groups' leader at the time, Brigham Young, established Salt Lake as "this is the right place." He also designated the site known today as Temple Square for the construction of the largest temple of the Latter-Day Saints. The Temple is the most prominently known landmark of the city and is listed as one of the top ten architectural attractions for visitors.

In 1858 Salt Lake City replaced the territorial capital in Fillmore, and at that time was then deemed Salt Lake City instead of "Great Salt Lake City." The city's population rose with a continuous influx of religious followers of the "Latter-Day Saints" causing Salt Lake City to become one of the most populous cities of the American West.

Later the First Continental Railroad was completed furthering the expansion of the city in economic growth, with employment opportunities in the mining industries. A mass migration of various groups ensued and additional churches non-Mormon sprouted in the area providing for a diverse population, which is still true today. Demographics include Spanish Speaking populations, Russian refugees along with African, Afghani and Pacific Islanders to name a few.

In the last century, the skyline of Salt Lake City has expanded making room for economic growth and hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics. This expansion included new and repaired freeways, a light rail system, and athletic training centers.
Today, Salt Lake's economy is service-oriented and its major industries include government, trade, transportation, utilities, professional and business services. Salt Lake is central in U. S. geography making it a suited center for regional distribution, its interstate 15 is a major corridor for freight traffic. Salt Lake City is known as the "Crossroads of the West."


Outdoor- Salt Lake has eight ski resorts within fifty miles of the city, which includes Alta, Brighton, Solitude, Deer Valley, The Canyons, Sundance, and Utah's prominent ski resorts are Snowbird, and Park City. Ski resorts are promoted as "the Greatest Snow on Earth" due to the dry snow caused from the phenomenon "Lake effect," where storms are increased by warm waters from the Great Salt Lake precipitating over the Wasatch Mountains. Summer activities include rock climbing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, boating, and fishing along with national parks.

Cultural- Salt Lakes Mormon Tabernacle Choir founded in 1847 has a weekly program called Music and the Spoken Word. Salt Lakes Utah Symphony Orchestra performs at the Abravanel Hall in western downtown. Providing venues for both professional and amateur theatre Salt Lake City has many traveling and off-Broadway performances. Local acting companies include, Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, and Plan-B Theatre Company. Professional dance companies include, Ballet West, Rire Woodbury, and Repertory Dance theatre. The University of Utah is home to highly ranked dance departments Ballet Department and Department of Modern Dance.


Dining in Salt Lake includes a sampling of cuisine from around the world. The top rated restaurants in the Salt Lake area include the Citris Grill serving up Noveau American fare. Circle Lounge offers a sushi-Jazz bar and boxed-up menus; Mama's Southern Plantation serves authentic southern flavors with old home recipes. Tepanyaki Japanese Steak House slices, dices, and stir-fries your meal in front of you by its fine chefs. Avenues bakery is a neighborhood joint with an eclectic energy providng fresh baked goods and pastries. Osaka Japanese Restaurant is traditional Japanese known for it elegance and atmosphere. House of Kabobs & Pita a comfortable main street café serving Middle Eastern and Mediterranean favorites. E Jo restaurant offers Salt Lakers a flavorful taste of Korean fare. Takashi creates an artistic sushi and sashimi plate with only the freshest fish. Finally but not least is the Tate of Punjab restaurant offing the tradition Indian dining experience.

Art and History-Located in the Gateway district is the Clark Planetarium housing the IMAX Theater, along with The Utah museum of Fine Arts, Utah Museum of Natural History, The Museum of Church History and Art. Other museums include the Utah State Historical Society, Daughters of Utah Pioneer Memorial Museum, Fort Douglas Military Museum, and the Social Hall Heritage Museum. Historical attractions include Golden Spike National Historic Site where the worlds First Continental Railroad was joined, Lagoon Amusement Park, Gardener Historic Village, and Thanksgiving Point hosts the world's largest dinosaur museum, Kennecott Copper Mine.

Architectural- Salt Lake City's most popular architectural attractions include, The Mormon Tabernacle, the LDS Conference Center featuring rooftop gardens representing the Wasatch Range and Utah meadows. Temple Square, The LDS Genealogical Library, The Salt Lake City Public Library, The Utah State Capitol Building, City and County Building, and the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Madeleine, built in 1909.

Events- Some of Utah's most popular events and festivals are held in the Salt Lake City area. These events include The Utah Arts Festival held annually, Sundance Film Festival the largest independent film festival in the United States, The Greek Festival, and the Salt Lake City Marathon.

Salt Lake City Directory

In our use, the term of Salt Lake City directory refers to Salt Lake City in the County of Salt Lake. Other Counties include Utah, Weber, and Davis. The Salt Lake City directory is The Seniors Blue Book of Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City Directory indexes senior housing, senior support services, and professional senior-oriented businesses for each of the counties.

Prominent Cites

Located in Davis County, Utah Bountiful is noted for its laid-back family oriented lifestyle. It has a current population of 41,173 and was named after a city referred to in the Book of Mormon by Perrigrine Sessions after he settled in the area. Bountiful was Utah's second settlement after Salt Lake City. It is considered a bedroom community for Salt Lake City and has a reputation for being a "garden place."

Located in Davis County, Utah, Clearfield has an estimated population of 27,227. Clearfield is the home of Hill Air Force Base and in the 1940s; the U. S. Navy had a supply depot there. Originally, Clearfield was a farming community and still is, along with Current residents employed in defense, manufacturing, and running local restaurants and businesses. Clearfield is also a bedroom community for Salt Lake City residents.

Located in Davis County, Utah and is named after Christopher Layton a Mormon colonizer and leader. Layton is Davis County's largest city and has an estimated population of 61,205. It is eleven miles south of Ogden and twenty-three miles north of Salt Lake City, bordered by the Wasatch Mountains on the east and the Great Salt Lake to the west. Layton's early economy was based on agriculture, producing the first reservoir built in 1852 by Elias Adams and the first alfalfa raised by Christopher Layton. Layton is the home of Smith's Food and drug center, Inc. It is the largest employer in Layton City with its regional offices and it dough and dairy plants.

The county seat of Weber County, Utah Ogden boasts a population of 78,309. Weber State University is located in Ogden. Utah's busiest municipal airport the Ogden-Hinckley Airport is located southwest of the city. Ogden was the first European settlement in Utah and was originally named Fort Buenaventura. It later was purchased by Mormon settlers and was called Brownsville. It was later named Ogden for a brigade leader of the Hudson Bay Company, Peter Skene Ogden. The site of the Fort is now a Utah state park. Ogden is home to the minor league Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer League. Today Ogden is especially attractive for those who enjoy sports and the outdoors. Culture though is very important to Ogden residents offering street festivals, theatre, symphony, ballet, opera and more. Ogden offers country life near the big city.

South of Salt Lake City about 45 miles Orem is located in Utah County, Utah. Orem has an estimated population of 89,713 and is the fifth largest city in the state. Utah valley state college is in Orem and The Orem Owlz of the minor league baseball pioneer league plays their home games at the college. Orem refers to its city as "Family City USA." Orem was named after Walter C. Orem who operated a railroad line in the area in the early 1900's.

The county seat of Utah County, Utah Provo is located about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City along the Wasatch Front. Provo is the home of Brigham Young University. With a population of 113,459 Provo is the second-largest city in the state. Originally, Provo was called Fort Utah by the Mormons and later named after an early French Canadian trapper by the name of Etienne Provost. Provo is a noted by the media as "Family friendly and health oriented."

Located in Weber County, Utah with an estimated population of 35,308. Roy's city website calls "Roy a great place to live."

Sister Cities of Salt Lake

  • Chernivtsi (Ukraine)
  • Keelung City (Taiwan)
  • Matsumoto (Japan)
  • Oruro (Bolivia)
  • Quezon City (Philippines)
  • Thurles (Ireland)
  • Turin (Italy)


One of Salt Lake City's major employers is North America Delta Airlines, who have their hub as part of the Lake City International Airport. Salt Lake City has four major freeways, Interstate 15 runs north and southwest of downtown. Interstate 80 runs east and west near Lake City airport and connects with Interstate 15 west of downtown. Utah State Route 201 runs east and west as well and all three of these freeways intersect at what is known as the city's "spaghetti bowl" just south of the city. The fourth freeway is a beltway networking the city's northwest and west neighborhoods with the city's southern suburbs. Salt Lake City's mass transit service is operated by the Utah Transit Authority, which includes the city's light rail system known as TRAX. The city is also serviced by Amtrak's California Zephyr running daily between Chicago and San Francisco. Salt Lake has an extensive bus system as well that operates throughout the city including transportation routes to the local ski resorts. Other transportation services include Greyhound Bus Lines, Ute Cab, City Cab and Yellow Cab taxi services, along with local van and limousine services.

Senior Services

Salt Lake City has an extensive base of resources for seniors. Resources include Danville Support Services, Eldercare Consult Inc., Golden Years Consultants, Health Med Assistance, Salt Lake County Aging Services, Saint Marks Senior Health Center, Senior Centers, Senior Care Advisors, and Senior Homecare.

Other services in the area include a wide choice of senior oriented resources ranging from health at home, external healthcare outlets, professional legal services, volunteer service, meals on wheels, alternatives programs, caregiver support, elder abuse prevention, transportation, employment, companions, and local community resources. Use our Search Senior Services link to learn more about the variety of senior housing and senior support services located in Salt Lake City, Utah and the surrounding vicinity.