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Wasatch Front is a region of north central Utah, generally defined by the cities along the western side of the Wasatch Mountains, most of which are bordered to the west by either the Great Salt Lake or Utah Lake. At the center of the Wasatch Front is Salt Lake City, the state's largest city and capital. The majority of the state's population live in this region, with a total population of more than 2,000,000.
The region stretches from
Brigham City to Santaquin and includes the counties of Wasatch, Salt Lake, Utah, Morgan, Cache, Davis, Weber, Rich, and the western half of Summit County. Not everyone agrees on the strict limits of the Wasatch Front, however; some people argue that Logan and Cache Valley are part of the Wasatch Front or that the region goes as far south as Nephi.
(Listed in geographical order from north to south.)
Brigham City - generally considered the northernmost city of the Wasatch Front; population 20,000
Ogden - center of the northern Wasatch Front; old industrial city; population 80,000
Clearfield - home to Hill Airforce Base; population 30,000
Layton - rapidly-growing bedroom community south of Ogden, with a growing commercial center; population 70,000
Bountiful - suburb north of Salt Lake City; population 45,000
Salt Lake Valley
Salt Lake City - capital of the state, center of the LDS church and home of Temple Square, site of Salt Lake City International Airport; population about 185,000
West Valley City - large mixed-use suburb southwest of Salt Lake City; population 130,000
Taylorsville - mixed-use suburb just west of center in the Salt Lake Valley; population 60,000
Murray - mixed-use suburb near the center of the valley; population 45,000
West Jordan - rapidly-growing mixed-use suburb west of Sandy; population 105,000
Sandy - mostly bedroom community in the southern portion of Salt Lake Valley, with a distinct commercial region; population 90,000
Draper - bedroom community at the southern end of Utah Valley, population 40,000
Lehi - home to Thanksgiving Point; population 50,000
American Fork - population 25,000
Pleasant Grove - home to the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center; population 35,000
Orem - mixed-use suburb alongside Provo in the southern Wasatch Front; population 90,000
Provo - central city of the southern Wasatch Front and home to BYU; population 115,000
Springville - bedroom community just south of Provo, home to the Springville Museum of Art; population 30,000
Spanish Fork - home to the valley's main fairground; population 30,000
Payson - home to Peteetneet Academty; population 12,000
Santaquin - generally considered the southernmost town along the Wasatch Front; population 8,500
Alta - Ski resort.
Sundance - Ski resort.
Great Salt Lake - Large saltwater lake.
Antelope Island - An island in the Great Salt LAke.
Utah Lake - Freshwater lake in Utah Valley.
The normal entry point to the Wasatch Front by air is Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC).
I-15 runs the entire length of the Wasatch Front.
The availability of public transportation varies throughout the region, ranging from good (Salt Lake City) to sparse (southern Utah Valley). Car is the most common method of transport.