State of Utah: interesting facts and information

The state of Utah is one of the most interesting states in the entire US. It mainly consists of high plateaus, deserts and mountainous regions. Utah is part of the Four Corners which make up Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. They are the only four states in the country which meet at right angles. It was on January 4, 1896 when it officially became part of the union and Salt Lake City was proclaimed its capital. Utah offers the best skiing experiences in America. The mountainous areas located near Salt Lake City receive approximately 500 inches of snow annually.

Here are some interesting facts about Utah:

GREAT SALT LAKE

One of the most popular attractions in the state of Utah is the Great Salt Lake. People find it truly fascinating that it is four times more salty compared to any other ocean on the planet. If a person boils one quart of water which came from the saltiest area of the Great Salt Lake, there would be a half cup of salt remaining after it was boiled.

The reason why it's very salty is because when Lake Bonneville began to dry up, most of its minerals and salt were left behind. Since there wasn't a stream connected to it, all the salt deposits remained concentrated in the lake.

UTAH WAR (1857-1858)

There were more than 120 armed unarmed settlers that were murdered during the Utah War. The Mormon militiamen were responsible for the killings and they didn't spare the women and children. They wanted to claim the Native Americans' land so they killed anyone who got in their way.

Historians still haven't completely figured out the motives of the Mormon militiamen for murdering those innocent people. However, most of them believe that it was due to fear of outsiders and war hysteria. Scholars argue whether or not Brigham Young, who is the Mormon leader at the time gave the order.

PAYDAY LENDING

Payday loans in Utah are 100% legal. More than 45,000 people take out payday loans every year in this state and there are no limits on fees and interesting rates the lenders can charge. More legal information HERE.

BEEHIVE STATE

Utah is often referred to as the Beehive State. This is because most of the state's earliest white settlers were from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The group were avid believers of the Book of Mormon.

They were also very hardworking people and they believed that they were a 'hive of industry'. The believers wanted to call their newly found state "Deseret". The Book of Mormons tells us that the word "Deseret" is translated into "honey bee."

WORLD'S LARGEST RAPTOR

According to historians and researchers, Utah is home to the world's largest raptor. It is believed that the state was once part of a large landmass called Laramidia. It was a swampy and very hot landmass which made it a perfect habitat for dinosaurs.

Therefore, Utah is one of the best states in the United States to find ancient dinosaur fossils. The Utahraptor is the world's largest raptor which was first discovered in the state. It measures more than 23 feet long which officially makes it the largest raptor in the world that ever existed.

EARLY MARRIAGE

Couples in the state of Utah have been known to marry at a much younger age compared to other states in America. Generally, for a first marriage the median age when males marry is 26.2 while females have 24.1.

In comparison to other states in the US, the average of which is 29.1 for males and 27.1 for females, the rating is significantly younger. It is one of the only states which has has early marriage median rates.

POPULATION

On average, Utah only has thirty two citizens per square mile. This makes it one of the most less populated states in America. The local people of Utah are called Utahans.

They mostly live in cities and towns located along the Wasatch Front. It is located on the Western side of the Wasatch Mountains. Statistics show that Utah is the 13th biggest state in America. It is also the 33rd most populated state and is in 10th place for being the least populated state.

There are plenty of amazing attractions to visit in the state of Utah. The most popular ones include the Great Salt Lake, Bryce Canyon National Park, Arches National Park, Zion National Park, Temple Square, Natural History Museum of Utah and many others. It is a state which has a rich history and culture so there is so much to explore. Utah is truly a magnificent state that everyone should experience.