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This Salt Lake City suburb, which sits under the towering Wasatch Mountains, has dubbed itself “the ultimate base camp.” Easy to see why: It offers quick access to four world-class ski resorts, the 20,000-seat Rio Tinto Stadium, several shopping centers, and the Sandy Amphitheater. While many residents still commute to Salt Lake City for work, Sandy continues to attract businesses with its warm sense of welcome. Becton Dickinson Medical, E*Trade, and Comcast have all found a home here. Although houses aren’t outrageously priced, they are more expensive than in many other areas of the state. –L.G.