Approximately 62% of Utahns are reported to be members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), making Utah the only state with a majority population belonging to a single church. This greatly influences Utahn culture, politics, and daily life. The LDS Church's world headquarters is located in Salt Lake City.
The state is a center of transportation, education, information technology and research, government services, and mining and a major tourist destination for outdoor recreation. In 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that Utah had the second-fastest-growing population of any state.St. George was the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the United States from 2000 to 2005. Utah also has the 14th-highest median average income and the least income inequality of any U.S. state. A 2012 Gallup national survey found Utah overall to be the "best state to live in the future" based on 13 forward-looking measurements including various economic, lifestyle, and health-related outlook metrics.
A common folk etymology is that the name Utah is derived from the name of the Ute tribe, purported to mean 'people of the mountains' in the Ute language. However, no such word actually exists in the Utes' language, and the Utes referred to themselves as Noochee. The connection of "Utah" to mountains likely originated as a "Mormonization" of references to mountains made by members of the Ute tribe. According to other sources, Utah is derived from the Apache name Yuttahih, which means 'one that is higher up' or 'those that are higher up'. In Spanish it was pronounced Yuta; subsequently English-speaking people may have adapted the word as 'Utah'.