People of the Mountains

Utah comes from the Ute tribe word meaning “people of the mountains”. The state’s nickname is the beehive state with the state symbol as the beehive representing thrift and industry.

Utah is the next stop in our United States of Energy Data series ranking number 9 in residential electricity prices averaging $8.71 Megawatts per hour. Major electric power plants in the state include coal, hydroelectric and natural gas with natural gas and coal contributing primarily to emissions. Utah contains four of the nation’s 100 largest oil fields and two of its 100 largest natural gas fields. Coalbed methane accounts for nearly one-fifth of Utah’s natural gas production. More than four-fifths of Utah households use natural gas for home heating.

Did you know? Utah is the Jello capital of the world. More Jello is eaten in Utah than anywhere else in the world.

On a more serious note, Utah is actually a center of transportation, education, information technology and research, government services, mining, and a major tourist destination for outdoor recreation. Utah has five national parks, seven national monuments, six national forests and two national recreation areas. The state offers 11,000 miles of fishing streams and 147,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs.

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