Utah Facts and Figures

  • Utah was the 45th state in the USA; it became a state on January 4, 1896.
  • State Abbreviation – UT
  • State Capital – Salt Lake City
  • Largest City – Salt Lake City
  • Area – 84,904 square miles – Utah is the 13th biggest state in the USA
  • Population – 2,233,169 (as of 2000) – Utah is the 34th most populous state in the USA
  • Major Industries – Oil, natural gas, mining (coal, copper, iron ore, silver, gold), steel-making, farming (cattle, sheep, dairy products), tourism (especially skiing)
  • Major Rivers – Colorado River, Green River
  • Major Lakes – Great Salt Lake, Lake Powell, Utah Lake
  • Highest Point – Kings Peak – 13,528 feet, (4,123 m) above sea level
  • Bordering States – Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming
  • Origin of the Name Utah – The name Utah is from the Ute Indians
  • State Nickname – Beehive State
  • State Motto – Industry
  • State Song – Utah, We Love Thee
  • Dinosaur Fossils Found in Utah – Alamosaurus, Allosaurus, Amblydactylus, Apatosaurus, Barosaurus, Camarasaurus, Camptosaurus, Cedarosaurus, Coelophysis, Diplodocus, Dryosaurus, Dystrophaeus, Iguanodon, Iliosuchus, Marshosaurus, Nanosaurus, Nedcolbertia, Ornitholestes, Ornithomimus, Othnielia, Parasaurolophus, Rioarribasaurus, Stegosaurus, Stokesosaurus, Tenontosaurus, Torosaurus, Utahraptor.