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Utah is a state in the western United States. It was admitted to the United States on January 4, 1896, the 45th state to be included. The state is 13th largest regarding the area and 31st most populous. About 62 percent of state residents are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This makes it the sole state with most of the population having faith in a single church.
Salt Lake City is the capital of Utah. The metropolis held peak rank when it came to the population in the state. The city, as in 2014, is home to 190,884 people. Salt Lake City forms the kernel of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area.
The population of Utah, as per the United States Census Bureau, was 2,995,919 as of July 1, 2015. Non-Hispanic White made up 86.1 percent of the population. Hispanics made up 13 percent of the state's population. African-Americans made up one percent of the population. Alaskan natives and American Indians made up 1.2 percent of the population. Two percent are non-Hispanic Asian, and 0.9 percent are Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian.
The population of Utah is most dense in two areas: the two million populated Wasatch Front located in the state's north-central part and Washington County located in southwestern Utah. The latter has about 150,000 residents. The five most populous cities in the state are Salt Lake City, Ogden-Clearfield, Provo-Orem, St. George, and Logan.
Utah Attorney General and US Senators
Sean Reyes is the current Attorney General of Utah. He assumed office on December 30, 2013. Reyes is a Republican. The state sent only Republican senators to the US Senate- Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch. The GOP also dominate the US House delegation.
English is the official language of Utah. The Mormons made Utah English, a blend of Midland and Northern American dialects. As of 2000, about 87.5 percent of all residents in the state more than five years old speak English as the sole language at home. Spanish speakers come a distant second with 7.4 percent and German came third with 0.6 percent.
Utah Major Courts
In Utah, the Utah Supreme Court is the court of last resort. The governor appoints five justices who are then subjected to a retention election. Cases from trial courts are sent to Utah Court of Appeals. The Justice Courts and District Courts form the Trial Level Courts. All Judges and Justices must go through the retention election post-appointment.
Utah Native American history
The state of Utah was named after Ute tribe of Native Americans. The mid 19th century saw the Ghost Dance war in 1872; This war is unique as it was an event with three competing forces. Antonia Black Hawk led the mounted Timpanogos to war against both LDS and Federal forces.
The state is well-known for its beautiful natural diversity. The landscape ranges arid desert having dunes to mountain valleys covered by beautiful pine forests. The state has an area of 84,899 square miles. Utah is one of Four Corners states. Wyoming is in north and east, and Idaho in the north. Colorado is in the east, and New Mexico has a single point in the southeast. Arizona lies to the south and Nevada to the west.
The list of important Utah economies includes mining salt production, government services, and cattle ranching. Petroleum production is an important employment generator in the eastern part of Utah.
Things to do in Utah
Utah has a total of five national parks- Zion, Arches, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Canyonlands. It has eight national monuments and two recreation areas of national importance. The Moab area is known for mountain biking. It is located in the southeastern part of Utah.
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