Utah is a western state of the United States. It
was the 45th state admitted to the Union, on January 4, 1896. Approximately 80
percent of Utah's 2,736,424 people live along the Wasatch Front, centering
around Salt Lake City. In contrast, vast expanses of the state are nearly
uninhabited, making the population the sixth most urbanized in the U.S. The
name "Utah" is derived from the Ute Indian language, meaning "people of the
Utah is known for being one of the most
religiously homogeneous states in
the Union. Between 58 percent and 72 percent of
Utahns are reported to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints (also known as the LDS Church or Mormon Church), which greatly
influences Utah culture
and daily life.
The state is a center of transportation,
information technology and research, government services and mining as well as
a major tourist destination for outdoor recreation. According to the U.S.
Census Bureau's population estimates, Utah was the fastest growing state in the
United States as of 2008. St. George, Utah was the fastest growing metropolitan
area in the United States from 2000–2005.