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Quality of Life

  • Salt Lake City Farmer's Market

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  • Ogden's Union Station

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Utah is an excellent place to visit and an extraordinary place to live. The state captivates visitors and residents alike with its spectacular natural beauty, cultural offerings and year-round recreational opportunities. In some seasons in Utah, it is possible to ski, golf, snowmobile and water-ski on the same day. In addition to its extraordinary scenery, recreation and culture, Utah is safe, clean and affordable, creating exceptional quality of life for the state’s residents.

In March 2013, Utah retained its #4 ranking in the annual Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index. From “The state — ranked fourth in the latest 2012 report — bested its scores from last year, moving up one notch on a scale that averages responses from more than 350,500 nationwide assessments of well-being. The index measures six domains of well-being, including perceived quality of life now and in the future, physical and emotional health, various healthy behaviors, perception of work environment, and basic access to necessities — such as food, shelter and health care.”

In October 2013, Utah was ranked #1 in “Agreeableness” and highly ranked in other categories analyzed in a Journal of Personality and Social Psychology article.


Some of Our Assets

  • The dry, powdery snow found at Utah’s 14 alpine ski resorts is widely considered to be “the greatest snow on earth.”
  • Utah’s cost of living is well below national levels, according to most indicators.
  • Residents of the state have access to excellent health and medical treatment facilities.
  • Utah offers a wealth of world-class outdoor recreation opportunities.
  • Utah welcomed more than 23.5 million visitors in 2012.
  • Southern Utah has the nation’s greatest concentration of national parks:

    Bryce Canyon
    Capitol Reef

Learn more by watching “Utah: The Brightest Star” six-minute video tour of our state.