A Fresh Look at Salt Lake City
6 Reasons Why Moving Here May Be the Best Decision You’ll Ever Make
1. The Greatest Snow on Earth
It really is the best! In quality, quantity, and—maybe most important—consistency, Utah’s snow comes out on top. There’s plenty of scientific data to go into, but suffice it to say that the snow that falls on Utah’s mountains has the right moisture content and even the right crystalline shape to make for some epic powder.
And there’s plenty of that wonderful snow to go around. In terms of average annual snowfall, a whopping four of the top ten resorts in the nation are within a 45-minute drive of downtown Salt Lake City: Brighton, Solitude, Snowbird, and Alta, each of which average 500 inches or more in average annual snowfall. Several others, including Park City are within an hour’s drive.
A Quick Heads Up
SLC’s air quality can be pretty bad for several weeks during the winter, as a result of a meteorological inversion. It’s getting better, though. One more reason to hit the slopes and get above the bad air!
2. More Diverse than you Thought
“I’m not sure I’ll fit in there… Isn’t Salt Lake City full of middle-class, rural, religious families?” Not exactly. You’ll still find plenty fitting that description, but Salt Lake City’s days of uniformity are long gone. Racial, religious, and cultural diversity are the new norm, with frequent parades, events, and festivals for any number of various groups. (Pro tip: check out the massive Festival of Colors at the Lotus Temple in neighboring Utah County.)
A major surprise amongst newcomers is the thriving LGBT community. A recent Gallup poll ranked Salt Lake City number 7 in percentage of the population that identifies as LGBT. In fact, the Utah Pride Parade is Utah’s second most attended parade each year, behind only the Pioneer Day celebration.
3. Easy Access to the Outdoors
What to do when Utah’s famous snow melts? (And yes, it will melt! Salt Lake City has four wonderful seasons, including a warm and inviting summer.) Those same mountains that were so great covered in snow become a different kind of playground when the sun comes out in earnest. Hiking, camping, mountain biking, ATV riding, and much more await the adventurous. Being nestled up against the mountains themselves means that you’re only a quick ride away from breathtaking trails, lakes, and waterfalls.
For a change of pace, head out the other way, toward the Bonneville Salt Flats, an ancient—and massive—dry lake bed, famous for being so flat and so barren, that you can actually see the curvature of the planet.
A Quick Heads Up
4. A Bike-Friendly City
Get fit, help the environment, reduce traffic congestion. Why wouldn’t you commute by bike? And plenty of people here subscribe to that mindset. In fact, the League of American Bicyclists in 2015 named Salt Lake City a bicycle friendly community, noting particularly its high percentage of streets with bike lanes and its efforts to mainstream bicycling culture.
Things are hardly perfect for bikers, but Salt Lake City recognizes that there is still work to be done in encouraging the safety of cyclists, and is enthusiastically engaging in that work. Consider that Salt Lake City, as of Fall 2015, will be the first US city with a protected intersection, designed specifically with cyclists in mind.
5. Music and Entertainment
Being the only major city in the Intermountain West has its perks, and one of them is a vibrant—and growing—music scene. See great local talent like Neon Trees or Imagine Dragons in their natural habitat: small- and mid-sized venues like The Depot or In the Venue. And the big acts almost never fail to make a stop at Vivint Smart Home Arena or the Maverick Center.
Looking for something a bit more highbrow? Salt Lake City has you covered there, too. Utah Opera and the renowned Ballet West both perform in the century-old Capitol Theatre. Additionally, 2016 will see the opening of a brand new performing arts center for touring Broadway productions and other large shows.
A Quick Heads Up
Heading out for a night on the town? Utah’s anti-liquor laws of decades past are gone, but there are still a few quirky things on the books, like no liquor at dine-in restaurants without ordering food.
6. Friendly Residents
This one is a bit harder to quantify, but the mountains of anecdotal evidence this time paint an accurate picture: Salt Lake City is a friendly place. Drop by the local grocery store or bank and you’re likely to be greeted by the sort of hospitality normally associated with southern states. It’s one reason that, in addition to a thriving tech industry, Utah is home to a huge number of customer service jobs.
Overall, residents of the Salt Lake City area have embraced a culture of genuine acceptance and inclusion, and people of all stripes moving into the area will have little trouble getting along their new neighbors. Whoever you are, you’ll fit right in.
Sundown in SLC
Salt Lake City’s Nightlife
There are plenty of economic reasons to come to Salt Lake City, and they mostly revolve around great jobs and great homes. But what do you do when you’re off the clock and it’s way too early to head home?
Salt Lake City’s Nightlife
Worried that Salt Lake City will leave you with nothing to do after hours? Relax, you’re covered. Salt Lake City has long had a reputation of being the city that, far from never sleeping, has more of an 8:00pm bed time. Luckily, that reputation is being quickly shed, with its many bars and clubs enjoying a productive relationship with the many local micro breweries. Enjoy yourself into the wee morning hours at a wide variety of nightly hot spots.
Food and Dining
It’s official: Salt Lake City is a foodie city. What are you in the mood for? Just name it, and it’s within easy reach, including cheap eats. Barbecue? Head to Pat’s. Lunch downtown? Hit up Lamb’s Grill or The Copper Onion. Sandwiches? That’s easy: Moochies has the best Philly cheesesteak this side of Philly, and maybe the best meatball sub anywhere. The Mexican food at Red Iguana is killer. There’s plenty of fine dining, but for the sake of brevity, we’ll just suggest that you head to Pago for an exceptional dining experience.
More Reasons to Come to Salt Lake City
11 Facts That Explain Why Everyone is Moving Here
Salt Lake City’s economy is growing, and that’s especially apparent in the tech industry. The city has enjoyed a 31% growth in tech employment in the last 10 years.
While many areas in the country are feeling the sting of rising rents and falling wages, Salt Lake City is one of the few cities where incomes are actually rising faster than rent.
Cheap rent, plentiful jobs, a relaxed vibe, and a newly hip nightlife make Salt Lake City a magnet for the young and adventurous.
Salt Lake City, which had the same number as San Francisco just a few years ago, has so few chronic homeless that their number is considered statistically insignificant.
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