Today, however, less than half the population of Salt Lake City are members of the LDS Church. Immigration of international LDS members, mining booms, and the construction of the first transcontinental railroad initially brought economic growth, and the city was nicknamed the “Crossroads of the West.” SLC is home to University of Utah, Westminster College, the Violin Making School of America, as well as branches of Brigham Young University, and Utah State University.
Salt Lake City Business & Entertainment
If you’re moving to Salt Lake, you’ll enjoy a number of fantastic recreational options. The Utah Jazz pro basketball team competes in the National Basketball Association, Western Conference Northwest Division. Since 1991, the team has played its home games at Vivint Smart Home Arena, in Salt Lake City. The franchise began play in 1974 as the New Orleans Jazz, based in New Orleans, Louisiana, and moved to Salt Lake City in 1979. The 2002 Winter Olympic Games (XIX Olympic Winter Games) were held in Salt Lake City, and the Call of the Champions was performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Utah Symphony Orchestra.
Salt Lake City is home to one Fortune 500 company, Huntsman Corporation, and two Fortune 1000 companies, Zions Bancorporation and Questar Corporation. In nearby cities within the metropolitan area other major businesses are headquartered: Arctic Circle Restaurants, FranklinCovey, and Overstock.com. High-tech firms nearby include Adobe, ColcaSac, eBay, Unisys, Siebel, Micron, Intel, L-3 Communications, Telarus, and 3M. Royal Bank of Scotland Group's subsidiary, RBS Securities is in Salt Lake City, as is Goldman Sachs.