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The Salt Lake City region is known as the "Crossroads of the West." The city is the most populous city in Utah and is the state's political, economic, and cultural center. Salt Lake City gained international prominence as the host of the 2002 Winter Olympics. It's also known for its namesake, the Great Salt Lake. This "inland sea" with salinity levels of up to 27%, is six times saltier than any of the world's oceans.
The region's major industries today include government, trade, transportation, tourism, utilities, and professional and business services. In recent years, Salt Lake City has developed a strong recreational industry and is now the country's industrial banking center.
The climate of Salt Lake City is characterized by four distinct seasons, with summer and winter being long and spring and fall serving as brief, comfortable transitions. Students enjoy year-round recreation, from hiking in summer to skiing in winter.
Cultural amenities include the Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, and Plan-B Theatre Company. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is based here, as well as the Utah Symphony Orchestra, and Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.
Sports enthusiasts follow the Utah Jazz basketball team and professional soccer's Real Salt Lake.