Salt Lake County, located in the U.S. state of Utah, is the state’s most populated county with a population of 1,029,655 as per the 2010 census. The county seat and its largest city is Salt Lake City, which also serves as the state capital. The locale of Salt Lake County encompasses the Salt Lake Valley, parts of the adjacent Oquirrh Mountains to the west, and the Wasatch Range to the east. This region constitutes the entire watershed of the Jordan River north of the Traverse Mountains.
The northwestern section of the county also includes a portion of the Great Salt Lake. With its idyllic mountainous terrain, the county is renowned for its ski resorts which contributed to Salt Lake City being chosen as the host city for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Salt Lake County forms part of the Salt Lake City, UT Metropolitan Statistical Area, demonstrating its socio-economic importance within Utah. Complementing its natural beauty, the county also houses a bustling urban scene, making it a unique blend of metropolis and wilderness.