Living in Utah
The Wasatch Front, which includes a 100-mile geographic region between Ogden and Provo, has a population of over 2 million people. The city of Salt Lake has an elevation of 4,300 feet which allows for comfortable average temperatures year-round. In the Salt Lake Valley, mountain recreation including hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, trail running, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and fishing are within an hour’s drive from anywhere in the valley. In nearby fresh and saltwater lakes, additional activities include waterskiing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, sailing, and canoeing. Eight of Ski Magazine’s 2016 top-ranked western ski resorts are less than a one-hour drive from downtown Salt Lake, and three are within a few minutes of the residency practice site.
In 2019, Salt Lake was ranked 24th by US News of the Top 100 Best Places to Live. It received a high ranking for value due to a low cost of living (median home price $250,000, average monthly rent $887) and a balanced median household income. Quality of life scored even higher due to low crime rates, high well-being scores, and quality education. Salt Lake City is ranked 7th by Men’s Health in the list of fittest cities due to low smoking, high walking/biking to work, and high per-capita dog parks, playgrounds, golf courses, and tennis courts.
The downtown Salt Lake area includes a vibrant cultural and restaurant scene. On any given weekend, it is possible to see performances by Ballet West, Utah Opera Company, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, the Utah Symphony, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Daytime family activities include visits to the aquarium, the zoo, a 5-story award-winning public library, a botanical garden, a natural history museum, a planetarium, an art museum, and an aviary. For those interested in sporting events, depending on the season, it is possible to watch AAA baseball (Salt Lake Bees), AAA hockey (Utah Grizzlies), and NBA basketball (Utah Jazz), not to mention Division I NCAA football (University of Utah and Brigham Young University). National and international acts perform at the 20,000-seat Vivint Smart Home Arena while up-and-coming artists can be seen at a variety of smaller indoor and outdoor venues throughout the city.