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Home to ‘America’s Ski City’, Land in Salt Lake County is as Coveted as the Powdery Snowfall

Acquiring land in Salt Lake County, up in the mountains especially, is the epitome of realizing your mountain hideaway dreams. The Salt Lake Valley is situated between some mighty mountain ranges that dictate the weather, geography, and transportation of the region. What these magnificent mountains do best is provide ample amounts of dry, powdery snow—the kind that is perfect for winter snow sports— making Salt Lake County in Utah a world-class destination to live, work, and play.

History of Salt Lake County Utah

History of Salt Lake County Utah

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Salt Lake County History

Though much of Salt Lake County’s history is obscured by Brigham Young and his Mormon Church pursuits, the history of the area begins long before contact with white settlers.

The pre-Columbian people of this area of Utah that we now call Salt Lake County were the “Fremont People” or Fremont culture, whose sites were discovered by the local Indigenous peoples of the area, the Navajo and the Ute, who determined that the Fremont People’s pictographs found all over archaeological sites in Utah were made from people who lived before the flood, (a narrative predominate in many different cultural mythologies and tells of a great flood that destroys civilization).

The land that Salt Lake County now occupies in the Salt Lake Valley has long been a meeting place for many different Indigenous tribes. The University of Utah, in its Indigenous Land Acknowledgement, informs that the land is the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute, and Ute Tribes and has long been a crossroads and meeting place for the Indigenous peoples of the region.

The county encompasses the area that includes part of the Great Salt Lake, and it was called Ti’tsa-pa, or “bad water” by the western Goshute Tribe.

This highly-salinated, non-potable body of water did not deter settlers from flocking to the region in droves. Many of them were followers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) who were coming to settle the region as Brigham Young instructed, seeking an area where they could escape the violent persecution they were experiencing in practicing their religion.

There were also many other non-LDS settlers too, however, who were drawn to the area for its good mining prospects.

All settlers worked hard to irrigate the region, and as a result, agriculture was flourishing, the population was growing, and Utah eventually became a state after some turbulence.

Salt Lake County was officially organized in 1850, and at the time, was home to around 11,000 residents. Congress then organized the Utah Territory out of the “State of Deseret” and the government began to install openly anti-Mormon officials.

The Utah War followed when the country was up in arms about Utah’s practice of polygamy. But, by 1896, the government and the LDS Church seemed to have ironed out their differences when Salt Lake City, the largest city in Salt Lake County, became the capital of the state that was finally to become “Utah”.

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Salt Lake County Namesake

Salt Lake County Namesake

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The Great Salt Lake

Salt Lake County is named for the Great Salt Lake, an anomaly when it comes to large, landlocked bodies of water. Leftover from Lake Bonneville, a prehistoric lake that covered much of western Utah, the Great Salt Lake is the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere and the eighth-largest terminal lake in the world.

There are many reasons for the lake’s annual fluctuation in size, but it has recently been falling to its lowest recorded levels ever. The Weber, Jordan, and Bear Rivers flow into the Great Salt Lake, but having no outlet other than evaporation, these highly-mineralized waters contribute to the lake’s salinity.

Salinity measurements of the lake are highly variable, but for comparison, the average salinity of the ocean is 3.5%, and the average salinity of Gilbert Bay, the lake’s main basin, is 5-27%. Only the Dead Sea is saltier, with a measurement of 33.7% salinity.

Needless to say, securing land in Salt Lake County near the Great Salt Lake comes with an opportunity for incredible buoyancy. (Just shower off afterward because the salt is itchy.)

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Acquiring land in Salt Lake County, up in the mountains especially, is the epitome of realizing your mountain hideaway dreams. The Salt Lake Valley is situated between some mighty mountain ranges that dictate the weather, geography, and transportation of the region. What these magnificent mountains do best is provide ample amounts of dry, powdery snow—the kind that is perfect for winter snow sports— making Salt Lake County in Utah a world-class destination to live, work, and play.

Salt Lake County, UT Demographics

Salt Lake County, UT Demographics

Salt Lake County Facts
Salt Lake County is the most populous in Utah, and the 37th most populous county in all of the United States. It spans just a small area of 742 square miles, with a density of an average of 1,400 residents in each of those miles. This is because nearly 1.2 million people call Salt Lake County home, many of them loving the land in Salt Lake County because of its abundance of perfectly powdery snow.

Salt Lake is one of four counties in the Rocky Mountains to make it into the top 100 counties by population. The largest city in the county, and in the entire region, is the state capital city of the same name: Salt Lake City.

Slightly less than half of Salt Lake City residents are members of the LDS Church, which has its world headquarters in Salt Lake City. In fact, Utah is the only state where a majority of the population belongs to a single church, but what the area lacks in secularity, it seems to make up for in geographic diversity.

The Salt Lake area is home to stunning landscapes, majestic mountain vistas, and unrivaled snow sports recreation. The county is famous for its four ski resorts and for hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Because of the Lake-Effect, a phenomenon meaning that the Great Salt Lake has an outsize impact on the area’s weather systems, the Salt Lake Valley receives around 55 inches of snow annually, and about 500 inches in the surrounding mountains. It's a “dry snow,” due to low humidity in the region, and is a type of snow that powder-obsessed snow sports enthusiasts covet.

Tourism to the Great Salt Lake and the four mountain resorts has a large impact on the county’s economy and creates plenty of jobs for residents.

Historically, the Salt Lake County economy was built on mining, railroading, and steel, but the modern economy of today takes a more service-oriented approach with government, trade, transportation, utilities, and professional services making up the bulk of the employment after tourism.

The average household income in Salt Lake County as of the 2020 Census was $77,128, a figure above the national average and one that can support homeownership and purchases of land in Salt Lake County where families can begin to build their dream homes.

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Why should you buy land in Salt Lake County, UT?

Why should you buy land in Salt Lake County, UT?

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It’s easy to see that the draw of Salt Lake County is its unique location and its abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Utahns that you’ll find here are almost zealots about getting outside and experiencing all of the magic the region has to offer, and zealots of the LDS faith want to buy land in Salt Lake County to remain close to where Brigham Young made his famous proclamation, “This is the place.”

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Why Salt Lake County?

Why Salt Lake County?

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Whatever the reason you are drawn to Salt Lake County, it’s likely a good one. Or a deeply rooted one. The Indigenous peoples felt the call of the Salt Lake Valley, and the religious pioneers did too. Will you be the next to act upon the call of the land in Salt Lake County? Perhaps it's time to find out…

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