Park City Information

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General Information:

Park City was established as a sliver mining community in the late 1860s. Over the next 50 years the silver boom brought thousands of people to the area, giving Park City a population of 10,000 at its height, with over 100 saloons and a thriving red-light district. In the 1930s mineral prices dropped due to the depression and caused Park City’s economy as well as its population to wane. In 1963 the Park City Consolidated Mines built the first ski lifts on what was then called Treasure Mountain, rates were $3.50 for a weekend of sledding and skiing. Park City soon became famous for its great snow and beautiful slopes and is now home to three world class ski resorts: Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and The Canyons Resort. Park City’s economy no longer relies on silver mining, but a walk down Historic Main Street will show that Park City is still deeply rooted to its silver mining past. Park City is located on the back side of the Wasatch Mountains. The altitude ranges from 6,800 feet to 8,500 feet above sea level, and the average winter temperature ranges from 22 degrees to 33 degrees Fahrenheit. The average snowfall is 150 inches in town and 350 inches at the resorts, and the summer average temperature remains at a relatively constant 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Statistics:

  • County: Summit County (one of the fastest growing counties in the United States during the 1990’s)
  • Population: 7,854
  • Elevation: ranges from 6500’ to 10,000’ (Main Street sits at 7,000’)
  • City Size: 12 Square Miles.
  • Median Age: 32.7
  • Persons Per Household: 2.72
  • Persons Per Family: 3.11
  • Median Household Income (1999): $65,800
  • Median Family Income (1999): $77,137

Business & Employment:

The state of Utah has seen tremendous economic growth in the past ten years. It has also grown in popularity as a business location. Forbes magazine ranked Salt Lake (42nd) and Provo (19th) in their 2001 annual list of Best Places in America to do Business. The rankings are based on wage and salary growth, job growth, and high tech output. In November 2001, Economy.com, Inc. ranked Utah 26th in the nation for the cost of doing business.

Park City continues to enjoy a strong economy. Tourism worldwide has suffered since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. While the Park City has certainly felt the effects of September 11th, tourism has continued to grow steadily due to the exposure from the 2002 Winter Olympics. Park City is diversifying away from its ski-dependent economy and is developing into a year-round tourist and second-home/golf community based economy. In Summit County, tourism is the largest single component of the economic base. It provides more than 6,622 jobs in travel and recreation related employment, 53 percent of Summit County’s total employment.

Medical:

Park City is in close proximity to two world-class hospitals: St. Marks (23 miles) and the University of Utah Medical Center (20 miles). The Heber Valley Medical Center is also only 16 miles from downtown.

Library:

Park City is home to two large public libraries; the Park City Library at 1255 Park Avenue has approximately 42,000 books, and the Summit County Library at 6505 North Landmark Drive #100 is home to another 60,000 books.

Annual Events:

January - Sundance Film Festival
January - FIS Freestyle World Championships
June - Park City Marathon
July - Oakley Rodeo
July - Triple Crown Softball World Series
July/August - Park City International Music Festival
August - Summit County Fair
August - Park City Cycling Festival
August - Park City Arts Festival
August - Fidelity Investments Park City Jazz Festival
September - Miner’s Day Parade and Celebration

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