It also touches a corner of New Mexico in the southeast.
Approximately 62% of Utahns are reported to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or LDS (Mormons), which greatly influences Utahn culture and daily life. Census Bureau estimated that Utah had the second fastest-growing population of any state. A 2012 Gallup national survey found Utah overall to be the "best state to live in" based on 13 forward-looking measurements including various economic, lifestyle, and health-related outlook metrics. The term is not native in origin and its etymology is unclear.
Utah has a population of more than 3 million (Census estimate for July 1, 2016).
Utah is the 13th-largest by area, 31st-most-populous, and 10th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States.
Utah is bordered by Colorado to the east, Wyoming to the northeast, Idaho to the north, Arizona to the south, and Nevada to the west.
Urban development is mostly concentrated in two areas: the Wasatch Front in the north-central part of the state, which contains approximately 2.5 million people; and Washington County in Southern Utah, with over 160,000 residents.
It was created with the Compromise of 1850, and Fillmore, named after President Millard Fillmore, was designated the capital.
The territory was given the name Utah after the Ute tribe of Native Americans. government intensified due to the practice of plural marriage, or polygamy, among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. government opposed the polygamous practices of the Mormons.
European trappers and fur traders explored some areas of Utah in the early 19th century from Canada and the United States.The expedition traveled as far north as Utah Lake and encountered the native residents.The Spanish made further explorations in the region, but were not interested in colonizing the area because of its desert nature.The Mormon settlements provided pioneers for other settlements in the West.Salt Lake City became the hub of a "far-flung commonwealth" of Mormon settlements.After the discovery of the lake, hundreds of American and Canadian traders and trappers established trading posts in the region.