Utah, the 45th state admitted to the U.S., is in the west between Colorado and Nevada. Utah is the fastest growing state in the U.S. and its population is concentrated both in a 50-mile radius around Salt Lake City and in the Mormon faith.
Other large cities include Ogden and Provo but large portions of the state are virtually uninhabited.
Utah has a diverse topography with multiple mountain ranges, the Colorado river basin in the south and southeast and the desert in the southwest.
The climate is mostly hot and dry although Salt Lake City receives an average of 60 inches of precipitation per year, mostly in the form of snow, due to the effects of the Great Salt Lake. Major industry in Utah includes mining and ranching. Taxes in Utah are higher than average with a state income and sales tax and other local taxes.
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