Salt Lake County
Alta / Snowbird Divide (credit: Effie Johnson)
Salt Lake County is Utah’s most populous county, home to more than 1 million people, and is the most densely populated. Utah’s capital and largest city, Salt Lake City, is located in the county and is nicknamed “The Crossroads of the West.” The county is famous for its ski resorts in Big Cottonwood Canyon and Little Cottonwood Canyon, which led to Salt Lake City hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics. Salt Lake County has the fourth highest share of people aged 18 through 29, 19.4 percent due to the presence of the University of Utah, Westminster College, and Salt Lake Community College. Salt Lake County was settled in 1847 when Mormon pioneers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) arrived after traveling through Emigration Canyon. Salt Lake City is the location of the headquarters of the LDS Church.
The population in Salt Lake County was 1,029,655 in 2010, ranking it 1 among 29 counties. This represents an increase of 131,268 from 898,387 in 2000. The largest minority group in 2010 in Salt Lake County was Hispanic/Latino, which accounted for 17.1 percent of the total population. The fastest-growing minority group in Salt Lake County was non-Hispanic Other Race, with an increase of 114.9 percent from 2000 to 2010. Households with children under 18 made up 40.3 percent of all households in 2010, a decrease from 43.4 percent in 2000. Owner-occupied housing units accounted for 67.3 percent of all households in 2010, a decrease from 2000 when 69 percent of all housing units were owner-occupied.