Salt Lake City, Utah Population 2020

213,367

Salt Lake City is a city located in Utah. With a 2020 population of 213,367, it is the largest city in Utah and the 107th largest city in the United States. Salt Lake City is currently growing at a rate of 3.09% annually and its population has increased by 14.44% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 186,440 in 2010. Spanning over 111 miles, Salt Lake City has a population density of 1,927 people per square mile.

The average household income in Salt Lake City is $83,449 with a poverty rate of 17.88%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $938 per month, and the median house value is $289,200. The median age in Salt Lake City is 32 years, 31.7 years for males, and 32.3 years for females. For every 100 females there are 105.8 males.

Salt Lake City, usually shortened to SLC or Salt Lake, is the capital and most populous city in the state of Utah. Salt Lake City is one of only two major urban areas in the Great Basin, along with Reno, Nevada, and it is the largest city in the Intermountain West.

The Salt Lake City-Ogden metro area, including Weber, Davis and Salt Lake counties, had a population of 1.34 million in 2000. The Census Bureau has since added Tooele and Summit counties to the Salt Lake City metro area while removing Davis and Weber counties. The larger Salt Lake City-Provo-Orem, Utah Combined Statistical Area has a population of 2.4 million and is comprised of a corridor of development that stretches 120 miles along the Wasatch Front.

Salt Lake has 6.75% of Utah's total population and 18% of Salt Lake County's population. The city proper is more populated than the surrounding area with a population density of more than 1,689 people per square mile, or 1,050 per square kilometer.

Salt Lake City Suburbs

Aside from Salt Lake City, major suburbs and incorporated places in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area include:

  • West Valley City is a suburb of Salt Lake City with a population estimated at 135,000, which makes it the second-largest city in Utah. West Valley City has a population density of 3,700 people per square mile.
  • Murray is a city on the Wasatch Front and the 14th largest city in Utah with a population estimated at 50,000 with a density of 3,700 people per square kilometer.
  • Midvale is a city in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area with a population of 31,000 and a density of 5,200 people per square mile.
  • Draper is located in Utah and Salt Lake counties about 20 miles south of Salt Lake City. It has a population of 45,000 with a density of 1,500 people per square mile.
  • Tooele is located in Tooele County south of Salt Lake City with a population of 33,000 and a density of 1,065 people per square mile.
  • Sandy is a suburb of Salt Lake City and the 6th largest city in Utah with a population of 90,000.
  • West Jordan is one of the fastest-growing suburbs of Salt Lake with a population of 110,000 (density of 3,356 people per square mile), which makes it the 4th most populous city in Utah.
  • South Jordan has a population of 60,000 with a density of 2,531 people per square mile.
  • Taylorsville has a population of 60,000 with a density of 5,415 people per square mile.
  • Wendover is located in Tooele County on the western border of Utah and contiguous with West Wendover, Nevada. Wendover has a population of 1,500.
  • Park City is located in Summit County about 32 miles southeast of Salt Lake City. Park City has a population of just 8,000, but the tourist population greatly exceeds the number of permanent residents with three major ski resorts in the city and the location of the Sundance Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the U.S.

Salt Lake City Population and Diversity Statistics

For most of its history, Salt Lake has been mostly white. Between 1860 and 1950, white people accounted for 99% of the population. The demographics of Salt Lake City have changed dramatically over the last few decades. Today, Hispanics make up 22% of the total population, and there is a growing gay community. 2% of the population are Pacific Islander, mostly Samoans, and Tongans.

Housing costs in the Wasatch Front have been inflated with low housing vacancies and large families. This means that 1 out of every six people live below the poverty line.

Despite being the headquarters for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), under 50% of the population of Salt Lake City belongs to the LDS Church. This is lower than in the rural areas of Utah. LDS members account for 62% of Utah's total population.

Like most large cities, there are many ethnic enclaves in Salt Lake City. Hispanic and Latino Americans account for a large percentage of the population in the Glendale and Rose Park areas. The Pacific Islander population is also centered in Glendale and Rose Park, as well as Poplar Grove. The majority of the Pacific Islanders in the city belong to the LDS church. There are also new immigrant communities outside the city limits of Nepalies and refugees from Myanmar.

Salt Lake is considered one of the most gay-friendly places to live in the country with a large gay community, as well as the largest Jewish congregation in Utah. This has led to controversy from socially conservative officials, however. A 2006 UCLA study found that 7.6% of the population of the city is openly bisexual or gay, compared to less than 4% for the metropolitan area.

Salt Lake City Facts

  • Salt Lake City was ranked as the vainest city in the U.S. by Forbes based on cosmetics spending and the high number of plastic surgeons.
  • In the early 20th century, pollution was so bad in the city that it created a Smoke Department.
  • In the 1970s, the nearby city of Bingham was destroyed by a massive open-pit copper mine.
  • The mountains near Salt Lake receive an average snowfall of 500 inches.
  • Salt Lake and Utah are known for world-class snow that is unusually dry.
  • SLC has one of the largest LGBT communities in the country.
  • While the Great Salt Lake is larger than the state of Delaware, it has an average depth of just 13 feet.

Before Europeans arrived in the area, Ute, Shoshone, and Paiute people had lived in the area for thousands of years. It was actually in the territory of the Northwestern Shoshone at the time Salt Lake City was founded, but their occupation was seasonal. The government never recognized an aboriginal title by the group.

Salt Lake City was founded in 1847 by Brigham Young and other Mormon followers. The city was originally named the Great Salt Lake City because of its proximity to the Great Salt Lake, but the "Great" was dropped by 1868. The Latter-day Saints were the first permanent settlers to the area, as they were looking for an isolated area to practice their religion. The site for the Salt Lake Temple was designated just days after arriving in the area, and it later became a famous landmark. The temple took 40 years to complete.

The Mormon pioneers then organized a state called Deseret and petitioned for recognition in 1849. The United States rebuffed this and established the Utah territory, designating Fillmore as the capital, although Salt Lake was replaced as capital a decade later. Meanwhile, the population of Salt Lake continued to grow as Mormon converts and gold seekers flooded the new city, which became one of the largest in the American Old West.

Before long, disputes with the government over the Mormon practice of polygamy worsened until, in 1857, President James Buchanan declared the area in rebellion and began the Utah War. In 1890, the LDS Church began to abandon polygamy, paving the way for Utah's statehood in 1896.

Salt Lake City Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Salt Lake City was:

  • White: 73.06%
  • Other race: 13.06%
  • Asian: 5.36%
  • Two or more races: 3.39%
  • Black or African American: 2.26%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 1.45%
  • Native American: 1.42%
The current population of Salt Lake City, Utah is 213,367, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 200,591.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 186,440.

Salt Lake City, Utah Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20201,257,14017,3001.38%
20191,239,84017,3001.40%
20181,222,54017,3001.42%
20171,205,24020,0201.66%
20161,185,22019,9701.68%
20151,165,25013,5501.16%
20141,151,70011,5201.00%
20131,140,18016,3701.44%
20121,123,81017,0701.52%
20111,106,74015,2601.38%
20101,091,4800.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White142,98073.06%
Some Other Race25,55113.06%
Asian10,4915.36%
Two or More Races6,6393.39%
Black or African American4,4222.26%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2,8421.45%
American Indian and Alaska Native2,7761.42%

Salt Lake City Population Pyramid 2020

Salt Lake City Median Age

32


Total

31.7


Male

32.3


Female

Salt Lake City Adults

There are 155,400 adults, (21,167 of whom are seniors) in Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake City Age Dependency

45.8

Age Dependency Ratio

15.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30

Child Dependency Ratio

Salt Lake City Sex Ratio

Female

95,089

48.59%

Male

100,612

51.41%

Salt Lake City Households and Families

Salt Lake City Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Salt Lake City Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married69.6%30.4%
All48.4%51.6%
Female40%60%
Male38.7%61.3%
Non Family34.1%65.9%

48.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All78,2292.4348.4
Non Family38,0001.4834.1
Married29,8783.2569.6
Female6,7433.5540
Male3,6083.5138.7

3.22

Average Family Size

2.43

Average Household Size

6.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.7%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Salt Lake City Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7,2305.60%
9th to 12th Grade7,6575.93%
High School Graduate21,97217.01%
Some College24,20718.74%
Associates Degree9,0567.01%
Bachelors Degree32,84725.43%
Graduate Degree26,21720.29%

Salt Lake City Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White92,84988,98949,651
Hispanic22,19313,3673,300
Other Race12,9866,3011,112
Asian6,7795,5884,010
Multiple Races2,5482,3501,270
Black2,3841,955608
Native American1,5831,266201
Islander1,4461,128119

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.84%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 59.15%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$37,300$41,247$32,406
Less Than High School$25,114$27,521$19,381
High School Grad$27,493$31,321$22,530
Some College$31,981$36,516$28,267
Bachelors Degree$42,626$49,841$37,511
Graduate Degree$67,029$80,004$58,909

$37,300

Average Earnings

$41,247

Average Male

$32,406

Average Female

Salt Lake City Language

Salt Lake City Language by Age

Salt Lake City Language

73.63% of Salt Lake City residents speak only English, while 26.37% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 16.12% of the population.

Salt Lake City Poverty

Salt Lake City Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White124,68116,10112.91%
Hispanic41,77011,74728.12%
Other25,2697,81630.93%
Asian9,7362,51325.81%
Black4,3521,42532.74%
Multiple6,4591,40621.77%
Native2,7461,11940.75%
Islander2,78746116.54%

17.88%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.46%

Male Poverty Rate

18.33%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Salt Lake City

The race most likely to be in poverty in Salt Lake City is Native, with 40.75% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Salt Lake City is White, with 12.91% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.61%. Among those working part-time, it was 26.49%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 31.41%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School27.68%
High School17.53%
Some College13.32%
Bachelors or Greater6.63%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed46.66%
Male Unemployed46.30%
Female Employed10.53%
Male Employed9.38%

Salt Lake City Income

Salt Lake City Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$56,370$83,449
Families$73,981$105,754
Married Families$88,545$122,187
Non Families$40,246$57,794

Salt Lake City Marital Status

Salt Lake City Marital Status

Marriage Rates

41.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.6%

Male Marriage Rate

42.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Salt Lake City Married by Age and Sex

Salt Lake City Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Salt Lake City Marital Status by Race

Salt Lake City Veterans

7,012

Number of Veterans

6,520

Male Veterans

492

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,392
Second Gulf War1,384
First Gulf War1,069
Korea517
World War II383
Age Group Veterans
75+1,733
65 to 741,703
35 to 541,416
55 to 641,399
18 to 34761
Name Veterans % of Total
White6,3625.31%
Hispanic6002.14%
Other1721.06%
Black1725.79%
Asian1181.33%
2 or More1042.80%
Hawaiian663.51%
Indian180.94%

$Salt Lake City Veterans by Education

8.48%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.47%

Veteran Disability Rate

Salt Lake City Employment Status

71.3%

Labor Force Participation

68.3%

Employment Rate

4.1%

Unemployment Rate

Salt Lake City Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

47.01%

Born in Utah

83.29%

Native Born

16.71%

Foreign Born

11.54%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

83.29% of Salt Lake City residents were born in the United States, with 47.01% having been born in Utah. 11.54% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020213,3676,3883.09%
2019206,9796,3883.18%
2018200,591210.01%
2017200,5706,3883.29%
2016194,1822,4451.28%
2015191,7373390.18%
2014191,398-263-0.14%
2013191,6611,9461.03%
2012189,7151,5340.82%
2011188,1811,6100.86%
2010186,5714,8280.26%
2000181,74321,8071.29%
1990159,936-3,098-0.19%
1980163,034-12,851-0.76%
1970175,885-13,569-0.74%
1960189,4547,3330.40%
1950182,12132,1871.96%
1940149,9349,6670.67%
1930140,26722,1571.73%
1920118,11025,3332.44%
191092,77739,2465.65%
190053,5318,6881.79%
189044,84324,0758.00%
188020,7687,9144.91%
187012,8544,6184.55%
18608,2360.00%