Salt Lake City, Utah Population 2021

200,831
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Salt Lake City is a city located in Utah. With a 2020 population of 200,831, it is the largest city in Utah and the 121st largest city in the United States. Salt Lake City is currently growing at a rate of 0.07% annually and its population has increased by 7.72% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 186,440 in 2010. Salt Lake City reached it's highest population of 200,932 in 2017. Spanning over 111 miles, Salt Lake City has a population density of 1,814 people per square mile.

The average household income in Salt Lake City is $88,127 with a poverty rate of 16.56%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $985 per month, and the median house value is $314,500. The median age in Salt Lake City is 32.3 years, 32.2 years for males, and 32.5 years for females. For every 100 females there are 103.9 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: 72.84%
  • Other race: 12.71%
  • Asian: 5.42%
  • Two or more races: 3.33%
  • Black or African American: 2.61%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 1.59%
  • Native American: 1.50%
The current population of Salt Lake City, Utah is 200,831, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 200,435.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 186,440.

Salt Lake City, Utah Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20211,260,73014,0201.11%
20201,246,71014,0101.12%
20191,232,70014,0201.14%
20181,218,68014,4801.19%
20171,204,20019,4801.62%
20161,184,72019,8101.67%
20151,164,91013,4601.16%
20141,151,45011,4300.99%
20131,140,02016,2701.43%
20121,123,75016,9501.51%
20111,106,80015,3201.38%
20101,091,4800.00%

Salt Lake City Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White144,04172.84%
Some Other Race25,13112.71%
Asian10,7115.42%
Two or More Races6,5823.33%
Black or African American5,1662.61%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander3,1541.59%
American Indian and Alaska Native2,9711.50%
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Salt Lake City Population by Race

Salt Lake City Population Pyramid 2021

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Salt Lake City Median Age

32.3


Total

32.2


Male

32.5


Female

Salt Lake City Adults

There are 157,729 adults, (21,867 of whom are seniors) in Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake City Age Dependency

45.6

Age Dependency Ratio

16.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

29.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Salt Lake City Sex Ratio

Female

97,008

49.05%

Male

100,748

50.95%

Salt Lake City Population by Age

Salt Lake City Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Salt Lake City Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married70.5%29.5%
All48.1%51.9%
Female42.5%57.5%
Male35.2%64.8%
Non Family33.2%66.8%

48.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Salt Lake City Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All79,2642.4248.1
Non Family39,3301.4733.2
Married29,7453.2970.5
Female6,6253.642.5
Male3,5643.3735.2

3.24

Average Family Size

2.42

Average Household Size

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Salt Lake City Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7,5835.76%
9th to 12th Grade7,2145.48%
High School Graduate23,03817.51%
Some College23,33817.73%
Associates Degree9,1766.97%
Bachelors Degree33,87525.74%
Graduate Degree27,38220.81%
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Salt Lake City Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Salt Lake City Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White93,11189,24550,644
Hispanic23,17614,4253,817
Other Race13,1066,7221,281
Asian7,3256,1384,502
Multiple Races2,7842,6291,264
Black2,7652,273739
Islander1,7571,480178
Native American1,5611,207305

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.85%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 61.46%.

Salt Lake City Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$40,017$43,690$34,896
Less Than High School$26,009$28,019$20,492
High School Grad$30,146$32,316$23,236
Some College$33,642$39,927$29,172
Bachelors Degree$44,902$51,668$39,424
Graduate Degree$69,444$82,538$60,731

$40,017

Average Earnings

$43,690

Average Male

$34,896

Average Female

Salt Lake City Earnings by Educational Attainment

Salt Lake City Language by Age

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Salt Lake City Language

73.28% of Salt Lake City residents speak only English, while 26.72% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 16.37% of the population.

Salt Lake City Language

Salt Lake City Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White124,53716,45413.21%
Hispanic42,60710,04923.59%
Other24,8716,43725.88%
Asian9,8771,74117.63%
Black5,0931,60631.53%
Native2,9451,22841.70%
Multiple6,3691,14617.99%
Islander3,0971946.26%

16.56%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.14%

Male Poverty Rate

17.01%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Salt Lake City

The race most likely to be in poverty in Salt Lake City is Native, with 41.70% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Salt Lake City is Islander, with 6.26% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.48%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.79%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.76%.

Salt Lake City Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School25.47%
High School16.38%
Some College12.74%
Bachelors or Greater6.49%

Salt Lake City Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed44.09%
Male Unemployed41.85%
Female Employed9.92%
Male Employed8.91%

Salt Lake City Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Salt Lake City Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$60,676$88,127
Families$79,910$112,624
Married Families$93,773$129,156
Non Families$42,859$60,896
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Income by Household Type

Salt Lake City Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

41.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.6%

Male Marriage Rate

42.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Salt Lake City Married by Age and Sex

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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 45-54.

Salt Lake City Marital Status by Race

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Salt Lake City Marital Status

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6,787

Number of Veterans

6,295

Male Veterans

492

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,420
Second Gulf War1,280
First Gulf War1,082
Korea509
World War II361

Salt Lake City Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+1,802
65 to 741,746
55 to 641,360
35 to 541,209
18 to 34670

Salt Lake City Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White6,0245.00%
Hispanic4991.73%
Black1775.14%
2 or More1574.07%
Other1550.95%
Hawaiian1315.81%
Asian1151.23%
Indian281.48%

Salt Lake City Veterans by Race

Salt Lake City Veterans by Education

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9.01%

Veteran Poverty Rate

35.49%

Veteran Disability Rate

Salt Lake City Veterans by Education

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71.8%

Labor Force Participation

69.1%

Employment Rate

3.6%

Unemployment Rate

Salt Lake City Employment by Age

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Salt Lake City Employment by Race

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Salt Lake City Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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46.47%

Born in Utah

82.87%

Native Born

17.13%

Foreign Born

11.32%

Non Citizen

5.81%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

82.87% of Salt Lake City residents were born in the United States, with 46.47% having been born in Utah. 11.32% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Salt Lake City Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021200,8311320.07%
2020200,6991320.07%
2019200,5671320.07%
2018200,435-497-0.25%
2017200,9326,2523.21%
2016194,6802,5171.31%
2015192,1633260.17%
2014191,837-284-0.15%
2013192,1211,9381.02%
2012190,1831,9181.02%
2011188,2651,6220.87%
2010186,6434,9000.27%
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%

Salt Lake City Population by Year