Salt Lake City is a city located in Salt Lake County Utah. Salt Lake City has a 2023 population of 202,272. It is also the county seat of Salt Lake County.Salt Lake City is currently growing at a rate of 0.45% annually and its population has increased by 1.35% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 199,587 in 2020.
The average household income in Salt Lake City is $97,628 with a poverty rate of 14.68%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Salt Lake City is 32.4 years, 32.4 years for males, and 32.5 years for females.
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.
Aside from Salt Lake City, major suburbs and incorporated places in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area include:
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.
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.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Salt Lake City was:
Two or more races
Black or African American
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Average Family Size
Average Household Size
Rate of Home Ownership
Less Than 9th Grade
9th to 12th Grade
High School Graduate
High School Graduation Rate
The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 80.49%.
The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 47.64%.
Other Indo-European Languages
Asian and Pacific Island Languages
76.37% of Salt Lake City residents speak only English, while 23.63% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 13.87% of the population.
Overall Poverty Rate
Male Poverty Rate
Female Poverty Rate
The race most likely to be in poverty in Salt Lake City is Native, with 36.97% below the poverty level.
The race least likely to be in poverty in Salt Lake City is Islander, with 3.05% below the poverty level.
The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.01%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.97%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 28.8%.
Overall Marriage Rate
Male Marriage Rate
Female Marriage Rate
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 45-54.
Second Gulf War
First Gulf War
World War II
Less Than 9th Grade
High School Graduate
Bachelors or Greater
Veteran Poverty Rate
Veteran Disability Rate
Labor Force Participation
Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.
Born in Salt Lake City
87.07% of Salt Lake City residents were born in the United States, with 48.36% having been born in Utah. 9.79% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.