Residential real estate in Utah appeals to buyers an array of demographic groups, ranging from year-round residents of the greater Salt Lake City metropolitan area to retirees and second-home buyers seeking gated golf and ski resort communities in the American West. The vast majority of Utah residents live along Interstates 15 and 84 in the Wasatch Front region extending north and south of Salt Lake City. This thriving urban area offers easy access to world-class ski resorts and many other outdoor activities in the scenic Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. Much of the rest of the state is sparsely populated, including five major National Parks and more than 9 million acres of National Forest, making Utah a highly desirable destination for vacation homes and active adult retirement communities.
Utah Real Estate:
Gated communities in Utah's Wasatch Front region offer a mix of single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums in various price ranges for residents of Salt Lake City, Ogden, Orem, Provo and other urban and suburban locations along the Interstate 15 corridor. Additional Utah gated communities include golf course and retirement properties and ski homes or condos in resort areas such as Park City, Alta, Deer Valley and St. George.
Weather patterns in Utah are as varied as the terrain. Spring and fall are generally mild and pleasant throughout the state. Summertime brings low humidity, minimal precipitation and hot daytime temperatures to most areas, with much cooler nights, especially at higher elevations. Winters are quite cold statewide except in the more temperate southwestern corner of the state, with significant powdery snowfall in the mountains. Lake-effect precipitation can lead to sudden heavy snowfall and downpours in the urban areas south and east of the Great Salt Lake.
Regions in Utah:
The Wasatch Front is the state's most densely populated area, with more than 2 million people inhabiting a 100-mile chain of cities and suburbs just west of the Wasatch Range in north-central Utah. At the heart of this vibrant metropolitan region is Salt Lake City, the state capital and a major center for arts, entertainment and commerce. In recent years, rapid growth along the Wasatch Front has spread east across the mountains to what is sometimes referred to as the Wasatch Back, encompassing relatively affluent residential areas in Summit and Wasatch counties such as Park City and Heber City. Most of Utah's acclaimed mountain resorts are situated in the Wasatch Range less than an hour from Salt Lake City, offering superb powder in winter and hiking, backpacking and horseback riding in summer. The southern half of the state is dominated by the magnificent high desert parklands of the Colorado Plateau, including Arches National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Monument Valley. St. George in the far southwestern part of Utah is a popular golf and retirement destination only two hours from Las Vegas.
Major Utah Airports:
Salt Lake City International Airport is the state's leading passenger hub, followed by Provo Municipal Airport. Smaller regional airports with commercial passenger service are Wendover Airport (charter flights only), St. George Municipal Airport, Cedar City Regional Airport, Canyonlands Field and Vernal Regional Airport.
Over the past three decades, Utah has been one of the fastest growing states – the population doubled from about 1.46 million in 1980 to 2.9 million in 2013; State Capital – Salt Lake City; Largest Metro Areas – Salt Lake City Metro Area (Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties), Provo-Orem (Utah and Juab counties), Ogden-Clearfield (Davis, Morgan and Weber counties); Utah State Abbreviation – UT.
Utah's official state bird is (surprisingly) the California gull, a species that nests in large numbers around the Great Salt Lake, which has a much higher salinity level than the Pacific Ocean. According to a local legend known as the "Miracle of the Gulls," flocks of these migratory birds rescued early Mormon settlers from famine in 1848 by devouring a plague of crop-eating katydids that threatened their first harvest. Utahns later became the nation's leading per capita consumers of Jell-O brand gelatin, prompting the state legislature to recognize Jell-O as an official "favorite snack food of Utah" in 2001.
Significant Utah Publications:
- Magazines: Salt Lake Magazine (www.saltlakemagazine.com), Utah Valley Magazine (www.utahvalley360.com), Utah Business (www.utahbusiness.com), Ski Utah Magazine (www.skiutah.com), Utah Style (www.utahstyleanddesign.com)
- Newspapers: The Salt Lake Tribune (www.sltrib.com), Deseret News (www.deseretnews.com), Standard-Examiner (www.standard.net),Daily Herald (www.heraldextra.com), The Herald Journal (www.news.hjnews.com)
Utah State Government Resource Links:
- Utah Newcomers Guide: www.utah.gov/residents/newcomers.html
- Taxation: www.utah.gov/residents/taxes.html
- Cars and Transportation: www.utah.gov/residents/carsandtrans.html
- Information for Seniors: www.utah.gov/seniors
- Visiting Utah: www.utah.gov/visiting
- Education: www.utah.gov/education
- Employment: www.utah.gov/employment
- Business: www.utah.gov/business