Utah County Quality Life
It doesn’t take long to discover that Utah is an incredible place to live. The mountains are spectacular year round, whether you enjoy hiking, biking, world-class snowsports, or just taking in the beautiful views. With a host of professional and collegiate sports teams, an opera, symphony, and world-renowned choir, there's always something for everyone to enjoy. But don’t take our word for it; check out what others are saying. Better yet, come for a visit and you’ll fall in love with the Utah Valley.
Find out more by reading the Economic Corportation of Utah's report on Quality of Life
- CQ Press called Utah the 2nd Most Livable State.
- Relocate America ranked two Utah cities in the top places to live in the U.S.
- Salt Lake City is one of the healthiest metros according to Atlantic Cities Magazine
- Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index reveals Utah is one of the Happiest States of 2011.
- CNN Money ranked four Utah cities in the Top 100.
- Business Week called the Provo/Orem area the 2nd best place to start over after a layoff.
- Travel & Leisure called Salt Lake International Airport “America’s Best.”
- U.S. News & World Report ranked two Utah hospitals among the best in the nation.
- The Center for Disease Control and Preventation said Utah has the lowest percentage of adult smokers in the nation.
- The FBI said Utah has the 6th lowest crime rate in the U.S.
- Ski, Skiing, and Outside magazines consistently rank many of Utah’s ski resorts as the best in the nation.
- 14 world-class ski resorts, 11 within 60 minutes of the Salt Lake International Airport.
- Outside magazine called Salt Lake City #1 best place to live.
- National Geographic Adventure says Salt Lake City is #1 hiking city.
- Short commute times.
- Five national parks, seven national monuments, two national recreation areas, six national forests, hundreds of thousands of acres of diverse terrain for any and all outdoor activities.
- Home to NBA's Utah Jazz and Professional Soccers' ReAL Salt Lake.
- 13 award-winning microbreweries and many restaurants ranging from fine French cuisine to open air mountain cafés.
The state of Utah is unique. It has more variety of landscapes, geology, and recreational opportunities than one would imagine. Utah offers the possibility to participate in a wide range of other recreational activities. Most of Utah lies on a plateau higher than 4,000 feet above sea level. The geology of this region takes on an amazing variety of shapes and colors. Elevations rise and fall dramatically in the shape of mountains, buttes and plateaus, the highest reaching over 13,000 feet. Within this varied landscape, Utah offers something for everyone whether they are a rugged, solitude-seeking explorer or a family looking for a relaxing getaway. In Utah, there is an abundance of terrain to support all the recreational activities.
Things to See and Do in Utah County
Utah County boasts a variety of fun things to see and to do. There are outstanding scenic views, including Mount Timpanogos, Bridal Veil Falls, Cascade Springs, Squaw Peak, Alpine Loop Scenic Byway, and Nebo Loop Scenic Byway. Or if you're a history buff, Utah County has some interesting historic sites like the Historic Courthouse, Fort Utah, and others. Because the "Greatest Snow On Earth" is in Utah, skiing is a favorite winter activity. There are a plethora of excellent ski areas, within an hour's drive of Utah County, including Utah County's own Sundance Resort in Provo Canyon which is owned and operated by actor Robert Redford. Collegiate sports are brought to the county by Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University, both members of the NCAA. With all of the parks, lakes, and mountains, there are an endless number of choices for fun outdoor activities. Biking, hiking, and boating are a few of the things you can do. Hunting and fishing are also favorite activities. Hunting in Utah County includes animals like deer, elk, pheasant, and waterfowl. Utah County also has facilities for golfing, dancing, and ice skating.
In the summer you can cool off by playing on the water slides at our own Seven Peaks Resort Water Park. The culture is enriched by museums and art galleries such as the Springville Museum of Art, BYU's Museum of Art, John Hutchings Museum of Natural History, The Apple Basket, and Elite Photography and Gallery. There are also plenty of concerts, operas, dramas, musicals and movies at a variety of theaters, tabernacles, and schools. Many of the cities in Utah County hold special celebrations throughout the summer months featuring parades, carnivals, rodeos, horseracing, fireworks, and other such events. These celebrations include Provo's "America's Freedom Festival" which is the largest 4th of July celebration in the United States, Pleasant Grove's "Strawberry Days", Payson's "Onion Days", Spanish Fork's "Fiesta Days", Orem's "Family Summer Fest", American Fork's "Steel Days", Lehi's "Roundup", Santaquin's "Cherry Days", and Springville's "Art City Days."
Utahvalley.com proves an excellent resource for those seeking adventure and events in Utah County. Shopping, dining, sports, festivals!
Skiing and Snowboarding
Home to the “Greatest Snow on Earth,” Utah is known around the world for its pristine mountains and ideal skiing and snowboarding conditions. With 14 world-class resorts, 11 within 60 minutes of the Salt Lake City International Airport, there is something for everyone, regardless of skill level or budget. You can visit Ski Utah here.
Source: EDCUtah.org 2012
Hiking, Camping and Mountain Biking
Often overshadowed by world-class skiing, Utah’s hiking, camping, and mountain biking amenities are unmatched. Home to five national parks, seven national monuments, two national recreation areas, and six national forests, Utah has hundreds of thousands of acres of terrain for any and all outdoor activities.
Visit Utah National Parks here. This site provides an interactive map of all the National Parks Utah has to offer.
The Utah Department of Commerce was established in its current form in 1983 out of the previous Department of Business Regulation, which replaced the Utah Trade Commission in 1941. The Legislative Findings creating the Department recognize that businesses and professions are beneficial to Utah and notes that the primary purpose of the Department's regulation is the general public interest.
Visit the Utah State Department of Commerce here.
|Median Home Value||$264,241||$307,990|
|Average Home Value||$311,527||$348,479|
|$50,000 - $99,999||988||582|
|$100,000 - $149,999||8,759||5,861|
|$150,000 - $199,999||17,518||13,027|
|$200,000 - $249,999||20,123||18,236|
|$250,000 - $299,999||16,038||18,873|
|$300,000 - $399,999||21,236||31,028|
|$400,000 - $499,999||10,117||15,693|
|$500,000 - $749,999||7,734||11,541|
|$750,000 - $999,999||2,417||3,146|
Housing Year Built
|Year Range||Houses Built|
|2010 or Later||5,253|
|1939 or Before||8,392|
|Work at Home||14,447|
|Less than 5 minutes||8,766|
|Average Travel Time||21|