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


Profile

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 Highlights

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StatusPG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
ArgentineArgentinaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic1,176
ArmenianArmeniaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox615
BrazilianBrazilAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal1,718
Cambodian, KhmerCambodiaSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism1,533
ChileanChileAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic1,403
Chinese, MandarinChinaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism3,095
ColombianColombiaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic1,195
SalvadoranEl SalvadorAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal2,994
FrenchFranceEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic3,089
GermanGermanyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox2,549
GreekGreeceEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox884
Gujarati (Hindu)IndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism304
HindiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism735
PersianIranCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam1,155
Arab, IraqiIraqNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Shia540
ItalianItalyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic2,114
JapaneseJapanEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions - Shintoism1,571
LaoLaosSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism1,222
LiberianLiberiaSub-Saharan African PeoplesSub-Saharan AfricanChristianity - Protestant307
DutchNetherlandsEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesNon-Religious850
UrduPakistanSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesIslam460
PeruvianPeruAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic3,884
Filipino, TagalogPhilippinesSoutheast Asian PeoplesMalay PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic1,918
PolePolandEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic531
RussianRussiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox2,132

Get Involved

To get started with mobilizing yourself or your church for the Salt Lake City mission field, initiatives and contact info follows ...



Discover ways you can impact the USA and Canada."North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention" (NAMB)



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.