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Population
  2010 2012
Population 2,763,885 2,855,287
Median Age 29.2 29.9
Total 8 year-olds 48,606 50,841
Boys 24,895 25,966
Girls 23,711 24,875
Total 9 year-olds 48,672 50,603
Boys 24,870 25,839
Girls 23,802 24,764
Total 10 year-olds 48,332 48,425
Boys 24,909 24,826
Girls 23,423 23,599
Total 11 year-olds 46,479 48,710
Boys 23,721 24,945
Girls 22,758 23,765
Total 12 year-olds 45,311 48,740
Boys 23,409 25,138
Girls 21,902 23,602
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 77.6% 75.7%
Car Pool 11.2% 12.2%
Public Transportation 2.1% 2.5%
Work at Home 4.4% 4.8%

Geography
Capital Salt Lake City
Largest City Salt Lake City
Second Largest City West Valley City
Persons Per Square Mile (State, 2010) 33.6

Business
  2010 2012
Dentist Offices 1,608 1,662
Amusement Parks 5 7
Fast-Food Restaurants 1,975 2,105
Toy Stores 113 95
Video/Disc Rental Stores 102 38
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 3 4
Candy & Nut Stores 28 33
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 54 64
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 6 7

Note: As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

A value of NA indicates that data are not available for the indicated time period. A value of X indicates that data are not applicable for the current region.

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History

  • Date of Statehood: January 4, 1896
  • Population 1900: 276,749
  • Population 1950: 688,862
  • Population 2000: 2,233,169

I never knew that! *

  • Nickname: Beehive State
  • Flower: Sego Lily
  • Tree: Blue Spruce
  • Bird: American Seagull
  • Animal: Rocky Mountain Elk
  • Vegetable: Spanish Sweet Onion
  • Fruit: Cherry

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Who told you this stuff?

The U.S. Census Bureau takes a census of the population every 10 years, and censuses of economic activity and governments every five years. And every year, the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 other surveys. Data on this page come from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, and County Business Patterns.

How are these data collected?

The U.S. Census Bureau sends questionnaires in the mail or contacts businesses and households to participate in its surveys.

* State symbol information was obtained from various non-Census Bureau resources including state web sites, educational web sites, and commercial entities.