Salt Lake City, UT
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Salt Lake City is a relatively large city located in the state of Utah. With a population of 192,672 people and 71 constituent neighborhoods, Salt Lake City is the largest community in Utah.

Unlike some cities, Salt Lake City isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Salt Lake City are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Salt Lake City is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Salt Lake City who work in office and administrative support (12.65%), sales jobs (9.39%), and management occupations (8.94%).

Of important note, Salt Lake City is also a city of artists. Salt Lake City has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Salt Lake City’s character.

Also of interest is that Salt Lake City has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Salt Lake City is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Salt Lake City is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Salt Lake City is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Salt Lake City area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Salt Lake City is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 43.12% of adults in Salt Lake City have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Salt Lake City in 2010 was $29,972, which is wealthy relative to Utah, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $119,888 for a family of four. However, Salt Lake City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Salt Lake City is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Salt Lake City home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Salt Lake City residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Salt Lake City also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 20.59% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Salt Lake City include German, Irish, Scottish, and European.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Salt Lake City's cultural character, accounting for 17.40% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Salt Lake City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Pacific Island languages.