Do you know what is sweeter than honey?
It’s not chocolate cake or brownies. No! It’s not ice cream either.
Wanna know the answer?
It’s Utah. Nicknamed the ‘Beehive’ state, Utah is as sweet as it gets.
Life in Utah
For the people living in here, Utah is a three-in-one package. You can choose to experience a city’s energetic lifestyle or the tranquil appeal unique only to the countryside. And if you want access to both worlds, enjoy the balanced atmosphere of the suburbs.
Moving to another place can be challenging—a giant leap as some people call it. So it’s best to carefully consider your options.
To help you weigh your decision, here’s a helpful moving guide with a list of the pros and cons of living in Utah.
The Pros of Living in Utah
1. Affordable Cost of Living
Compared to surrounding states (like California), Utah’s cost of living is much more competitive. There are lots of high-paying jobs in contrast to low utility and grocery costs. Prices get expensive only when you’re closer to downtown. But it’s not a surprise. That’s how it usually goes for almost every city. That’s why most people prefer to settle comfortably in rural areas. Evaluate your budget to find a place fit for you.
2. Feels Like You’re in Eden
To describe Utah in one word, it’s a paradise. Blessed with a four-seasons climate, you can enjoy every part of the year to the fullest. Experience the warmth of spring, the blazing energy of summer, a gorgeous display of fall, and surprisingly bearable winters.
On top of that, Utah rocks a beautiful outdoor setting. Many National Parks, like the famous Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, dot the land. Mountains stretch across the area. There are plenty of lush forests as well as greenery and desert patches for those who love adventures.
You will truly appreciate the beauty of nature when you live here.
3. Low Crime Rate
You’re more likely to trip on your shoelace than getting mugged in Utah. It’s one of the safest places in the U.S. Statistics assert that violent crime is more or less 35% lower than the rest of the nation. This percentage gets even lower as you go farther into the suburbs and rural areas. Utah’s firm religious foundation contributes to this low crime rate.
Cons of Living in Utah
You may have heard that Utah is the state of Mormons. Census data shows that more than 60% of the population belongs to the Church of Latter-Day Saints. Now, this isn’t exactly a con if you accept and respect other religions. Just expect to find yourself casually invited to church activities. The real issue arises when you encounter extremists who will force their religious beliefs on you. It’s rare but very annoying when it happens.
2. Heavy Taxes
Taxes are never fun. They take a huge chunk out of your income. And Utah has a relatively high tax burden. It’s a good idea to anticipate the amount of taxes that you have to deal with. These include:
- Flat-rate income tax: 4.95%
- Sales tax: 6.10% – 9.05%
- Property tax: 0.66% with an average effective rate
- Gas tax: 30.01 cents per gallon of regular gasoline and diesel
In addition to this list, Utah also has taxes on alcohol and cigarettes. If you’re planning to start a business, consider the additional taxes that come with running one.
These may seem like a lot but bear in mind that the government collects these taxes to improve the state’s welfare. Your money goes a long way to building transportation projects and maintaining state parks. At the very least, you’re contributing to the greater good.
3. Liquor Laws
Beers in Utah pack a weak punch. The state’s strict liquor laws only allow 3.2% alcohol content. It’ll take more than a few glasses for the daze to kick in. Furthermore, the bars shut down at 1 AM.
Weighing the Pros and the Cons
In general, Utah is an excellent place to live. It may not be perfect, but it has a certain charm that attracts people. Take note that wherever you move, you will face risks and challenges. That’s how life goes. Just keep calm and stay true to your purpose.
Looking forward to seeing you in Utah!