Utah Fun Facts
Information About Utah, Utah Geography,
and Utah Schools
Utah is abbreviated UT. Salt Lake City is the capital and the largest city of Utah. Residents of Utah are referred to as "Utahans" or "Utahns."
The unofficial name of Utah is "Beehive State." The state song is "Utah, We Love Thee." The state of Utah is named after the Ute tribe.
The state bird of Utah is the California Seagull. The state flower is Sego Lily and the state tree is the Blue Spruce.
Utah is ranked 34th in population and received its statehood January 4, 1896.
Bordering states of Utah are Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming. The Colorado River and Utah Lake are major bodies of water within Utah.
The major industries of Utah are oil, natural gas, mining (coal, copper, iron ore, silver, gold), steel-making, farming (cattle, sheep, dairy products) and tourism (especially skiing).
There were 481,812 K12 students in the Utah public schools in 1996. Out of those students 35,848 were first grade students. There were also 19,734 k12 public school teachers in the Utah public schools system. There were a total of 742 Utah public schools in 1996.
(Source: IES National Center for Education Statistics)