Salt Lake County, UT

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Population

1.14M

1.27% growth

Median Age

32.9


Median Household Income

$71,471

4.09% growth

Poverty Rate

10.4%


Number of Employees

593,714

2.04% growth

Median Property Value

$301,700

10.2% growth

About

In 2017, Salt Lake County, UT had a population of 1.14M people with a median age of 32.9 and a median household income of $71,471. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Salt Lake County, UT grew from 1.12M to 1.14M, a 1.27% increase and its median household income grew from $68,665 to $71,471, a 4.09% increase.

The population of Salt Lake County, UT is 70.9% White Alone, 18.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 4.05% Asian Alone. 20.2% of the people in Salt Lake County, UT speak a non-English language, and 92.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Salt Lake County, UT are Western Governors University (16,444 degrees awarded in 2016), University of Utah (8,169 degrees), and Salt Lake Community College (4,587 degrees).

The median property value in Salt Lake County, UT is $301,700, and the homeownership rate is 67.1%. Most people in Salt Lake County, UT commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Salt Lake County, UT is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Salt Lake County, UT employs 594k people. The largest industries in Salt Lake County, UT are Health Care & Social Assistance (71,332 people), Retail Trade (61,030 people), and Manufacturing (58,496 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($83,817), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($81,323), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($70,964).

Median household income in Salt Lake County, UT is $71,471. Males in Salt Lake County, UT have an average income that is 1.54 times higher than the average income of females, which is $42,277. The income inequality in Salt Lake County, UT (measured using the Gini index) is 0.48, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$71,471

2017 value

± $1,174

4.09%

1 Year Growth

± 3.23%

Households in Salt Lake County, UT have a median annual income of $71,471, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $68,665 in 2016, which represents a 4.09% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$64,974

Average Male Salary

± $1,805

$42,277

Average Female Salary

± $1,267

In 2017, full-time male employees in Salt Lake County, UT made 1.54 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Salt Lake County, UT by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $50,675 ± $7,455

  2. White

    $47,205 ± $1,133

  3. Black

    $43,294 ± $14,053

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Salt Lake County, UT workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.07 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Salt Lake County, UT is from Utah.

0.48

2017 Wage GINI

0.483

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Utah was 0.48 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.661% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Utah was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Utah in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Utah across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 1148

  2. Census Tract 1128.21

  3. Census Tract 1128.14

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Salt Lake County, UT was Census Tract 1148 with a value of $193,897, followed by Census Tract 1128.21 and Census Tract 1128.14, with respective values of $121,765 and $120,956.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Salt Lake County, UT colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Salt Lake County, UT (114k out of 1.09M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    71,417 ± 2,078

  2. Hispanic

    39,472 ± 1,628

  3. Other

    22,562 ± 1,375

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Salt Lake County, UT is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

594k

2017 Value

± 13,078

2.04%

1 Year growth

± 3.12%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Salt Lake County, UT grew at a rate of 2.04%, from 582k employees to 594k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Salt Lake County, UT, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (37,153 people), Customer Service Representatives (18,740 people), and Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (14,349 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Salt Lake County, UT.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Salt Lake County, UT, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (37,153 people), Customer Service Representatives (18,740 people), and Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (14,349 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Salt Lake County, UT has an unusually high number of residents working as Baggage Porters & Concierges, & Tour & Travel Guides (2.09 times higher than expected), Woodworkers (2.03 times), and Communications Equipment Operators (1.98 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Salt Lake County, UT, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($71,649), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($71,186), and Management Occupations ($69,946).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

594k

2017 Value

± 13,078

2.04%

1 Year growth

± 3.12%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Salt Lake County, UT grew at a rate of 2.04%, from 582k employees to 594k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Salt Lake County, UT, are Health Care & Social Assistance (71,332 people), Retail Trade (61,030 people), and Manufacturing (58,496 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Salt Lake County, UT, though some of these residents may live in Salt Lake County, UT and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Salt Lake County, UT, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (71,332 people), Retail Trade (61,030 people), and Manufacturing (58,496 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Salt Lake County, UT has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.75 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.38 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.38 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Salt Lake County, UT, by median earnings, are Utilities ($83,817), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($81,323), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($70,964).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Utah to other states, or from other states to Utah.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $13.4B

  2. $12.7B

  3. $12.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Utah product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $13.4B, followed by Mixed freight with $12.7B and Textiles/leather and $12.6B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Utah products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$132B

2015 Value

$206B

Projected 2045 Value

56.2% growth

In 2015, total outbound Utah trade was $132B. This is expected to increase 56.2% to $206B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Utah trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Utah to other states, or from other states to Utah.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $11.7B

  2. $9.06B

  3. $6.19B

In 2015, the top outbound Utah domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Nevada with $11.7B, followed by California with $9.06B and Colorado and $6.19B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Utah shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

90% of the population of Salt Lake County, UT has health coverage, with 59.7% on employee plans, 8.44% on Medicaid, 8.06% on Medicare, 12.8% on non-group plans, and 0.994% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Salt Lake County, UT was $5,982 in 2014. This is a 5.73% increase from the previous year ($5,658).

Primary care physicians in Salt Lake County, UT see 1350 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.369% decrease from the previous year (1355 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1330 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 244 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Garfield County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (10.4%). Additionally, Tooele County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (31.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,350 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Salt Lake County, UT see an average of 1,350 patients per year. This represents a 0.369% decrease from the previous year (1,355 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Salt Lake County, UT in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$5,982

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,657

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,484

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,084

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Utah (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.73%, from $5,658 to $5,982.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

9.99%

Uninsured

59.7%

Employer Coverage

8.44%

Medicaid

8.06%

Medicare

12.8%

Non-Group

0.994%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Salt Lake County, UT declined by 3.73% from 10.4% to 9.99%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Salt Lake County, UT changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 10.4% prevalence

  2. 10.2% prevalence

  3. 10.2% prevalence

Garfield County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Utah, at 10.4%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Utah by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Salt Lake County, UT is home to a population of 1.14M people, from which 92.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 12.1% of Salt Lake County, UT residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Salt Lake County, UT is composed of 806k White Alone residents (70.9%), 208k Hispanic or Latino residents (18.3%), 46k Asian Alone residents (4.05%), 26.8k Two or More Races residents (2.36%), 21.1k Black or African American Alone residents (1.86%), 15.5k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (1.36%), 8.88k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.782%), and 4.24k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.373%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Salt Lake County, UT are Spanish or Spanish Creole (135,486 speakers), Other Pacific Island Languages (7,560 speakers), and Chinese (6,445 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

31

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Salt Lake County, UT was 32.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 31, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Salt Lake County, UT are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Salt Lake County, UT residents was 33.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

12.1%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

12.1%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 12.1% of Salt Lake County, UT residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Salt Lake County, UT was 12.1%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    102,190 ± 7,718 people

  2. China

    8,514 ± 2,262 people

  3. India

    8,147 ± 2,213 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Salt Lake County, UT was Mexico, the natal country of 102,190 Salt Lake County, UT residents, followed by China with 8,514 and India with 8,147.

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Citizenship

92.2%

2017 Citizenship

91.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 92.2% of Salt Lake County, UT residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Salt Lake County, UT was 91.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    806k ± 2.47k

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    208k ± 11.5k

  3. Asian Alone

    46k ± 2.41k

In 2017, there were 3.88 times more White Alone residents (806k people) in Salt Lake County, UT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 208k Hispanic or Latino and 46k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Salt Lake County, UT as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    135,486 speakers (13.3%)

  2. Other Pacific Island Languages

    7,560 speakers (0.742%)

  3. Chinese

    6,445 speakers (0.632%)

20.2% of Salt Lake County, UT citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Salt Lake County, UT was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 13.3% of the overall population of Salt Lake County, UT are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.742% speak Other Pacific Island Languages and 0.632% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    12,639 ± 1,488

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    8,943 ± 1,700

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    5,253 ± 831

Salt Lake County, UT has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.41 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Salt Lake County, UT awarded 33,466 degrees. The student population of Salt Lake County, UT is skewed towards women, with 66,401 male students and 90,229 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Salt Lake County, UT are White (24,781 and 76.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (2,610 and 8.07%), Asian (1,427 and 4.41%), and Black or African American (1,259 and 3.89%).

The largest universities in Salt Lake County, UT by number of degrees awarded are Western Governors University (16,444 and 49.1%), University of Utah (8,169 and 24.4%), and Salt Lake Community College (4,587 and 13.7%).

The most popular majors in Salt Lake County, UT are Registered Nursing (5,640 and 16.9%), General Business Administration & Management (3,457 and 10.3%), and General Studies (2,094 and 6.26%).

The median tuition costs in Salt Lake County, UT are $12,011 for private four year colleges, and $7,408 and $25,929 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 5,064 degrees awarded

  2. 1,821 degrees awarded

  3. 778 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Salt Lake County, UT was Registered Nursing with 5,064 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Salt Lake County, UT according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 16,444 degrees awarded

  2. 8,169 degrees awarded

  3. 4,587 degrees awarded

$7,408

Median In-State Public

$12,011

Median Private

In 2016, the Salt Lake County, UT institution with the largest number of graduating students was Western Governors University with 16,444 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

13,851

Degrees Awarded to Men

19,615

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 13,851 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Salt Lake County, UT, which is 0.706 times less than the 19,615 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    24,781 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    2,610 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    1,427 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Salt Lake County, UT were to White students. These 24,781 degrees mean that there were 9.49 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 2,610 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Salt Lake County, UT was $301,700 in 2017, which is 1.39 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $273,700 to $301,700, a 10.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Salt Lake County, UT is 67.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Salt Lake County, UT have an average commute time of 20.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Salt Lake County, UT is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$71,471

Median Household Income

± $1,174

376k

Number of Households

± 9,414

In 2017, the median household income of the 376k households in Salt Lake County, UT grew to $71,471 from the previous year's value of $68,665.

The following chart displays the households in Salt Lake County, UT distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$301,700

2017 Median

± $5,022

$273,700

2016 Median

± $4,259

In 2017, the median property value in Salt Lake County, UT grew to to $301,700 from the previous year's value of $273,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Salt Lake County, UT compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Salt Lake County, UT the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Salt Lake County, UT distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Salt Lake County, UT the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

67.1%

2017 Homeownership

66.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 67.1% of the housing units in Salt Lake County, UT were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 66.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Salt Lake County, UT compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Salt Lake County, UT distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Salt Lake County, UT have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

20.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Salt Lake County, UT have a shorter commute time (20.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 0.754% of the workforce in Salt Lake County, UT have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    75.4%

  2. Carpooled

    10.9%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.64%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Salt Lake County, UT was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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