Salt Lake City is a patchwork of different demographic profiles, according to Virginia-based Claritas Corp.'s system PRIZM. The computer-derived system analyzes social and neighborhoods into "clusters."

On the city's west side, for example, the predominant clusters are Heavy Industry and Blue Chip Blues. Generally these areas are hard hit by unemployment. These blue-collar neighborhoods have aged and deteriorated rapidly during the past decade.Contrast that with the Avenues where Bohemian Mix shows up along with Single City Blues, each claiming a third of the neighborhood's population. Claritas says people who live in the Bohemian Mix neighborhoods are similar to those you would meet in New York's City's Greenwich Village -- a hodgepodge of students, divorced people, artists and aging hippies.

The wealthier cluster, Blue Blood Estates, makes a rare appearance in the Salt Lake Valley in the Federal Heights area near the University of Utah. In the same neighborhood, and just a notch behind in economic and social prestige are poeple who live in the Pools and Patios neighborhood. Just fewer than half of the people in this area fit into the profile. The city has fewer people per household than the state as a whole and is much older.

Origin of city's name

Obviously, the city was named after the lake. Originally, it was known as Great Salt Lake City. On Jan. 29,1868, the name was changed simply to Salt Lake City.

Date of incorporation

January 9, 1851.

Did you know?

Salt Lake City's population has declined steadily for about 30 years. In 1950, the U.S. Census recorded 189,454 people in the city.

Median home price



57 parks

47 municipal playgrounds

7 golf courses

4 swimming pools

6 public libraries

Crime (1990)

Murder, 25

Rape, 167

Robbery, 539

Aggravated assault, 624

Burglary, 3,501

Median Age


Household size

2.33 persons per household

Largest employer

The University of Utah employs 13,000, including both full-and part-time workers.

Political profile

George Bush was a narrow choice for president in Salt Lake City. In the 1988 presidential election, 34,641 Salt Lake residents voted for Bush, while 34,518 voted for Michael Dukakis; 73.43 percent of registered voters participated in the election.

Largest taxpayer

The Corporation of the Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, paid $1.6 million to the city in taxes in 1990.



White: 139,177

Black: 2,752

American Indian: 2,541

Asian or Pacific is.: 7,566

Other race: 7,900

Hispanic*: 15,508

*are included among one of the above races

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Salt Lake City Government, State Data Center, State Bureau of Criminal Identification, Claritas Corp.