Thursday, January 19

Facts about Utah

Utah Facts

Learn facts about Utah for kids.

Have you ever been to Utah before? I have! I was lucky enough to visit this beautiful state last summer. Maybe you were born there. Whatever it may be, you can learn facts about Utah here; just continue reading. I like learning quick facts about each of the different states in the United States. I would like to share some of those quick facts with you! Every Thursday, I will post cool facts about each of the fifty states in the United States. The states will be done alphabetically (ABC) order! Last week, we posted facts about Texas. This week, we are posting facts about Utah. You will learn about Utah's state flag, bird, and other facts. The countdown is on, and there are only six (6) more states to post about! 

Did you know Utah was the forty-fifth (45th) state to join the union? Yep, that is correct! Utah officially joined the union on January 4, 1896! But here's something even more fascinating. Utah is located in the Western region of the United States, and it's a place of unique geography. It shares a border with five (5) states: Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, and Idaho. Utah also shares a corner of its state with New Mexico. Three other states all meet in that same area. Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona comprise the four corner states. All four states touch in that one corner (quadripoint). You can stand in all four of those states at the same time. Isn't that amazing? Utah is the thirteenth (13th) largest state in the United States. That means Utah is one of the bigger states in the United States of America. There are about 3,380,799 people who reside in the state of Utah.

Did you know that the population of the United States is estimated to be about 334,240,213 people?


Utah famous person alert:

Did you know Anthony Wilford Brimley was born in Salt Lake City, Utah? Anthony Wilford Brimley was an American actor and a stuntman who served time in the military. To learn more about Anthony Wilford Brimley, CLICK HERE

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Do you have a cool fact about the state you live in? Share it with us in the comments below! We'd love to hear from you.



Quick Facts about Utah:

1. Utah is known for its beautiful landscapes/rock formations, such as the famous Arches National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. The Sundance Film Festival, held annually in Park City, Utah, is one of the largest independent film festivals in the United States. Utah is also home to many world-class skiing resorts due to its snowy winters and mountainous terrain. A few of the nicknames for Utah are the Beehive State, the Mormon State, and Salt Lake State, each representing a unique aspect of the state's history and culture. The Utah state motto is “Industry”, reflecting the state's strong work ethic and industrious nature. The abbreviation for Utah is UT.

2. Utah's capital is Salt Lake City, Which officially became the capital on January 4, 1896. Salt Lake City has an estimated population of about 200,477 people.

3. The Utah state bird is the California gull. It's a pretty bird with white, gray, and black feathers, and a cute little yellow beak. The California gull was chosen as the state bird for Utah on February 14, 1955. You can look at a picture and read more about the California gull here: Click here

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4. The Utah official state flower is the Sego lily. This perennial flowering plant can be found growing in various places throughout the state. It starts blooming in May and June and has white petals with a touch of purple!! The Sego lily became the official state flower on March 18, 1911.

5. The current state flag of Utah was officially adopted in 2011. Utah’s state flag has a blue background. Utah’s state seal appears on the center of the flag.

6. Some crops grown in Utah are barley, corn, hay, oats, pumpkins, and rye.

7. Some cool places to visit in Utah are Canyonlands National Park, Thanksgiving Point, and the Sundance Resort.

8. Some animals that live in Utah are beavers, bison, coyotes, elk, mountain lions, and roadrunners.

9. Utah can get very hot or cold, depending on the time of year. The hottest temperature recorded in Utah was 117 degrees Fahrenheit in St. George, Utah, on July 5, 1985. The coldest temperature recorded in Utah was -69 degrees (69 degrees below zero) Fahrenheit in Peter Sinks, Utah, on February 1, 1985.



Share a cool fact about Utah with us? Do you know any interesting facts about Utah that we haven't mentioned? Share them in the comments below!


Facts about Utah


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Books about Utah:

1. Utah's Big Five National Parks by Harley McAllister

2. Know Your State Activity Book Utah by Megan Hansen Moench

3. U Is for Utah by Christopher Robbins

4. A Is For Arches by Becky Hall

Parents/caretakers, be sure books are child-friendly before reading them to your child/children.


You can Click here to purchase the 50 States workbook on Amazon.

You can also use the 50 States tab at the top of my page to find all the posts from all 50 states in one convenient place. 


Tune in next week to learn some facts about Vermont! Thanks for taking the time to learn some cool facts by reading my blog post!! If you find a mistake, please let me know. Also, I'd love to hear your favorite fact about Utah or if you have any questions about the state. Share them in the comments below! 

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