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Welcome to Salt Lake City ...

The city of Salt Lake City is located in Salt Lake County<1> (at the time of its founding, Salt Lake City was located in Utah Territory). It is the County Seat and the capital of Utah.



Salt Lake City was established in 1847.

When the people of Salt Lake City refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Salt Laker<2>

A typical abbreviation for Salt Lake City: Salt Lk. City

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Salt Lake City has a population of 200,239 people<3> (see below for details).

The community of Salt Lake City is 4,220 feet [1,286 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the altitude of Salt Lake City is about ¾ mile [or ~1¼ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Salt Lake City lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Salt Lake City: (801) and (385)<5>

Going back to its beginning, Salt Lake City was originally named Great Salt Lake City. For more information about the names of Salt Lake City, see The Names of Salt Lake City on our Genealogy Page.

Websites for Salt Lake City ...

Official Website:   www.slcgov.com/

Junior League:   www.jlslc.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Salt Lake City had an population of 200,239 people. This is an increase of 7.4% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 10.18% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Salt Lake City had a population of 186,440 people (which is 18.11% of the total population of Salt Lake County). This makes Salt Lake City the county's most populous community.

The population of Salt Lake City represents 6.75% of the population of Utah (which has 2,763,885 people), making it the state's most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 186,440 people, the population of Salt Lake City increased 2.58% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 181,743 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Salt Lake City.

Communities near Salt Lake City ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Salt Lake City.

  • West Valley City
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Valley City have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Valley City
    • West Valley City is located in Salt Lake County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 133,894 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for West Valley City <7>
  • West Jordan
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the south)
  • Sandy
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sandy have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sandy
    • Sandy is located in Salt Lake County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 94,871 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sandy <7>
  • South Jordan
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the south)
  • Taylorsville
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Taylorsville have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Taylorsville
    • Taylorsville is located in Salt Lake County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 59,402 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Taylorsville <7>
  • Herriman
    (18 miles [29 km] to the south)
  • Draper
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Draper
    • Draper is located in Salt Lake County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 48,963 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Draper <7>
  • Murray
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Murray
    • Murray is located in Salt Lake County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 48,355 people
    • Murray has also been known as:
    • Murray City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Murray <7>
  • Riverton
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the south)
  • Bountiful
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bountiful
    • Bountiful is located in Davis County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 43,921 people
    • Former names for Bountiful:
    • Calls Settlement
    • North Canyon Settlement
    • North Canyon Ward
    • North Mill Creek Canyon Ward
    • Sessions Settlement
    • Stoker
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bountiful <7>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Salt Lake City. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Salt Lake City.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Salt Lake City. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Salt Lake City.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Salt Lake City. Our list includes 168 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Salt Lake City.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Salt Lake City ...

Looking for more information about Salt Lake City? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Salt Lake City, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Salt Lake City.

Adding Salt Lake City to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Salt Lake City in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Salt Lake City was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<8>

From that list, the Salt Lake City post office opened in 1849.

We also found Salt Lake City in the book titled Table of U.S. Post Offices in the United States (Jan. 1851).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Salt Lake City.

The official website for Salt Lake City: www.slcgov.com/

The official website for Salt Lake County: www.slco.org/

The official website for State of Utah: https://www.utah.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Utah's counties, including Salt Lake, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Salt Lake City refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Salt Lake City may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Salt Lake City.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Salt Lake City - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (385) is an overlay for area code (801).
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:

      https://cblevins.github.io/us-post-offices/data-biography/









 

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