If I had to speculate a guess, I would say that the "higher than population averages" of males stems from the Mormon Church's "mission", where young mormons (mostly men) spend 1.5 years serving the church.Most of us know them as the pair of young men on bicycles and wearing black pants and a white shirt riding around our towns.However, the mission is not limited to knocking on doors, and some people get their "calling" to do at least a portion of their mission doing administrative work at the church headquarters, located in Salt Lake City.
BTW, the "re-education" thing was meant to be a joke.
There is to my knowledge no "re-education center" (and that name is taken from George Orwell's "1984", further evidence of the sarcasm), so if one exists at all, it would be well under the radar, nowhere near 3,000 people (and what about lesbians?
Sorry teach, you seem to have gotten only sarcasm and misinformation as responses.
I don't know what causes the surplus of men, but I can assure you it's not a bunch of married guys pretending to be single, nor is it a bunch of gay men being "re-educated", or whatever.
Maybe it's because there are several universities, which attract young, single people.
If the statistics cover Utah County as well, then you would have to factor in the young, single missionaries at the Missionary Training Center, which would skew the numbers (because those boys are definitely off limits, lol). There are a surprising number of gay people here, given the conservative overall bent of the state, but I don't think it's really an unusually high number, especially compared to other cities. My cousin lives in Utah, and as a whole, they are not very tolerant of non-mormons or even democrats, so I would have a hard time seeing them allow so many gay people in the headquarters city of their religion.
), and probably not included in any census tracking.
People have claimed to have been sent there, but then again people claim to have seen bigfoot and to have seen flying saucers in area 51.
I think also that SLC is also not nearly as uptight as people think.