Diversity and Demographics

diverse groupThe United States is often called a land of immigrants. Salt Lake City is a city of immigrants. Throughout its history, the city has been populated by people who came here for a reason.

Immigration by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, mining booms, and the construction of the first transcontinental railroad brought economic growth and ethnic and cultural diversity to Salt lake City.

The city continues to be home to thriving ethnic populations ranging from around the globe, and today is filled with religious, cultural, and ethnic diversity.

Fewer than 50 percent of Salt Lake City's residents are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. About 300,000 people along the Wasatch Front identify themselves as Latino. Recently, large numbers of Bosnian, Sudanese, Afghan, Bantu, and Burmese immigrants have settled in the city.

 

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