Alta is a town in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Salt Lake City, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 370 at the 2000 census, a slight decrease from the 1990 figure of 397.
Alta is also a ski resort that has 500,000 visitors a year. It is known for its powder skiing and its refusal to allow snowboarding.
Alta City was founded about 1870 to house miners from the Emma mine, the Flagstaff mine, and other silver mines
in Little Cottonwood Canyon
. Sensationally rich silver ore in the Emma mine enabled its owners to sell the mine at an inflated price to British investors in 1871. The subsequent exhaustion of the Emma ore body led to the recall of the American ambassador to Great Britain, and Congressional hearings in Washington.
Alta is located at (40.580916, -111.637164).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.1 square miles (10.5 km²), of which, 4.1 square miles (10.5 km²) of it is land and 0.25% is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 370 people, 67 households, and 36 families residing in the town. The population density
was 91.4 people per square mile (35.3/km²). There were 242 housing units at an average density of 59.8/sq mi (23.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.86% White
, 1.08% African American
, 0.81% Native American
, 0.54% Asian
, 1.35% from other races
, and 1.35% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 4.32% of the population.
There were 67 households out of which 22.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.2% were married couples living together, and 44.8% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.62.
In the town the population was spread out with 6.2% under the age of 18, 30.5% from 18 to 24, 44.6% from 25 to 44, 15.4% from 45 to 64, and 3.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 252.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 285.6 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $51,250, and the median income for a family was $94,654. Males had a median income of $32,639 versus $18,889 for females. The per capita income for the town was $66,566, the wealthiest of any incorporated city in Utah. None of the families and 19.1% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.
- Alta Lodge Built in 1939, Alta Lodge is a historic mountain lodge located in the town of Alta at the base of Alta Ski Area.