Salt Lake City, UT

The Salt Lake City MSA is a two county metropolitan area located in north central Utah, with Salt Lake City, which is the capital as well as the largest city in the state of Utah, as its anchoring city.

The Salt Lake City MSA is the largest in the state of Utah, and has a steadily increasing population. The city has been ranked one of the most stress free cities due the fact that the cost of living is relatively low, and there is an abundance of jobs. This has attributed to the recent influx of immigrants to the area. The city also has a rather active refugee program, and a growing refugee population. The city looks forward to a continual population growth, as the city becomes more diverse by the day.

Total Population: 1,170,266

(An increase of 7.57 % in the past 5 years.)

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 128,762
  • Language Spoken at Home - 189,844

Quick Facts

  • Approximately one in four of the people who live in the greater Salt Lake City area are Latino.

  • Mexicans are by far the largest people group, and they alone make up eighteen percent of the the total population of the metro area.

  • Around 25,000 refugees have made their home in Salt Lake City since 1975.

  • Twenty-seven percent of all people living in the greater Salt Lake City speak a language other than English at home


Throughout its history, Salt Lake City has primarily been a predominately white city. More recently the demographics of the city have begun to change. With large waves of immigrants and refugees coming into the city over the last several decades, the city has become one of the most diverse cities in the state.

It is estimated that by 2040, immigrants could make up over one-third of the cities population. The largest ethnic group is Hispanic, which takes up approximately 25% of the total population. Many of these Latino immigrants have moved to Salt Lake City because of the abundance of jobs, and affordable cost of living. The largest of the Hispanic people groups are the Mexican people, who are also the largest people group in the state. The Asian and Pacific Island populations have also grown significantly over the past couple of decades. The Asian population has almost doubled over the last fifteen years.

People Group Profiles

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PG Name Country Of Birth Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
VietnameseVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism - Mahayana5,007
Arab, IraqiIraqArab WorldIslam - Shia2,239
HindiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism735
Arab, Lebanese (Muslim)LebanonArab WorldIslam - Sunni693
UrduPakistanSouth Asian PeoplesIslam460
Gujarati (Hindu)IndiaSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism304
PeruvianPeruLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic3,884
NavahoUnited StatesNorth American PeoplesEthnic Religions - Other / Marginal3,800
Chinese, MandarinChinaEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism3,095
FrenchFranceEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic3,089
SalvadoranEl SalvadorLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal2,994
GermanGermanyEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox2,549
KoreanSouth KoreaEast Asian PeoplesChristianity - Protestant2,246
RussianRussiaEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox2,132
ItalianItalyEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic2,114
Filipino, TagalogPhilippinesMalay PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic1,918
BrazilianBrazilLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal1,718
JapaneseJapanEast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions - Shintoism1,571
Cambodian, KhmerCambodiaSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism1,533
ChileanChileLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic1,403
Arab, Lebanese (Christian)LebanonArab WorldChristianity - Roman Catholic1,234
LaoLaosSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism1,222
ColombianColombiaLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic1,195
ArgentineArgentinaLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic1,176

Ethnic Links

Refugee and Immigrant Center- A good website for information on how you can help refugees and immigrants in and around the Salt Lake City area.