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Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City, sometimes called Salt Lake or SLC, is the state capital of Utah. The city was settled in 1847, when Mormon prophet Brigham Young led a group of Mormon pioneers to the area after fleeing the Midwest. Salt Lake City remains the headquarters for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more commonly known as LDS or the Mormon Church.

Home to the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and recognized as the industrial banking center of the nation, Salt Lake City is the largest city in Utah. The population of Salt Lake City is approximately 180,000. The entire metropolitan area includes Salt Lake City, Summit and Tooele counties, and has a total population of more than one million people.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

Salt Lake City's economy is mostly service oriented. The major industries are professional and business services, government, utilities and transportation and trade. Interstate 15 is a major corridor for freight traffic, and thus Salt Lake City is home to many regional distribution centers. Salt Lake City and its economy continues to grow largely because of the strong diversity among the types of companies that make up the city's economic base.

Government offices, regional and national, are among the largest employers in Salt Lake City. The city has several other major employers:

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Salt Lake City places a strong emphasis on continuing education and has several colleges in the city limits:

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With a rich history and a diverse population, Salt Lake City offers a variety of cultural institutions. There are multiple museums, including LDS Church History Museum, which spans nearly two centuries of LDS history and includes clothing, tools, furnishings, documents and rare artifacts. The University of Utah is home to a fine arts museum, a museum of natural history and two dance theatres, while the Gateway area has the Utah Children's Museum.

Of course, Salt Lake City is also home to the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which was founded in 1847. The choir conducts a weekly program called Music and the Spoken Word, the longest-running, continuous, network broadcast in the world.

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