Utah features a dry, semi-arid to arid climate, although its many mountains
feature a large variety of climates, with the highest points in the Uinta
Mountains being above the timberline. The dry weather is a result of the
state's location in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada in California.
In 2000, 87.5% of all state residents five years of age or older spoke only
English at home; this was a decrease from 92.2% in 1990.
The United States dollar, denoted by USD or the symbol $, is the
official currency used in the United States. Commonly referred to as the
"American dollar," the currency is divided into 100 cents (symbol ¢)
Utah ranked 34th in population in the US with an estimated
total of 2,316,256 in 2002, an increase of 3.7% since 2000. Between 1990 and
2000, Utah's population grew from 1,722,850 to 2,233,169, an increase of
29.6%, the 4th-highest percentage gain in the decade among the 50 states.
Salt Lake City is the capital and the most populous city of
the U.S. state of Utah. The name of the city is often shortened to Salt Lake
or SLC. With a population of 186,440 as of the 2010 Census, the city lies
in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, which has a total population of