36 Interesting Facts About Utah

Last updated on March 13th, 2020

31. Only two states completely outlaw all forms of gambling, Hawaii, and Utah.

7 habits of highly effective people.

32. If you are an avid reader, note that the famous bookThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” was written by Utah businessman Stephan R. Covey. The book’s principal message is that there is an abundance of success for everyone.  

33. Apple Beer, the famous American variant of the German drink fassbrause, is produced by The Apple Beer Corporation based in Salt Lake, Utah.

Dutch oven cooking over a campfire.
Dutch oven cooking over a campfire (illustrative image.)

34. Utah is the only state with an official State Cooking Pot: Dutch oven.

35. Skullcandy, the popular maker of headphones, earphones and other hands free devices is based in Park City, Utah.

36. In 1912, the first electric traffic light was developed by a policeman Lester F. Wire in Salt Lake City. It was first installed at the intersection of 200 South and Main Street in Salt Lake City. However, in 1914, the first traffic signal system was installed in Cleveland, Ohio.  

Utah – Quick facts and state symbols

State AbbreviationUT
State CapitalSalt Lake City
Largest CitySalt Lake City
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 84,899 sq miles; Land Only: 82,144 sq miles
(Estimate July 1, 2017 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodJanuary 4, 1896
State rank by population31st
State rank by date of formation45th
State rank by area13th
Number of Counties29
DemonymUtahn or Utahan
Bordering StatesArizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming
Official LanguageEnglish
Highest PointKings Peak
13,534 ft (4,120.3 m)
Lowest pointBeaver Dam Wash at Arizona border
2,180 ft (664.4 m)
Length 350 miles (560 km)
Width270 miles (435 km)
GovernorGary Herbert (R)
Electoral Votes6
State MottoIndustry
State NicknameBeehive State
% Water3.25
Noble prize WinnersPaul D. Boyer (Chemistry, 1997)
Famous peopleSteve Young (Pro Football player)
John "Cat" Thompson (Basketball player)
Roseanne Barr
Jewel (Singer)
State animalRocky Mountain elk
State BirdCalifornia gull
State Cooking PotDutch Oven
State EmblemBeehive
State fishBonneville Cutthroat Trout
State FossilAllosaurus
State fruitCherry
State FlowerSego Lily
State gemTopaz
State InsectHoney Bee
State mineralCopper
State rockCoal
State VegetableSugar Beet
Longitude109° 3′ W to 114° 3′ W
Latitude37° N to 42° N
Time ZoneMountain Time Zone
Area Codes385, 435, 801
Table last updatedJune 8, 2020