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Old 09-24-2007, 12:52 AM
 
Location: Sandy... but I've lived all over Salt Lake Valley
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True, most of the Wasatch Front (Salt Lake, Ogden, Provo) has seismic activity, but having lived in the area all my life, I can only remember feeling one mild tremor... that caused virtually no damage. A couple of years ago the local paper (Deseret News) did a huge spread on earthquakes in Utah...and while there is certain potential that a quake could happen here at any time... scientists believe the largest earthquake that could potentially occur in Utah is about a 7.5 quake... powerful and destructive indeed... but not the same as a killer (8.0+) quake that could level parts of California.

Provo is a little bit cheaper because it's a college town, offers less economic opportunity, and is located on the southern end of the greater Salt Lake(Wasatch front) metropolitan area. Provo is significantly more LDS than Ogden or Salt Lake... which has its advantages and disadvantages... though I wouldn't worry too much about ethnic racism... you'll likely be treated well anywhere you go... you'll just find more diversity in Salt Lake City or Ogden.
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Old 09-28-2007, 10:41 PM
 
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I don't think the lower home prices have anything to do with the Wasatch earthquake Fault. Look at the SF Bay Area and that will tell you that earthquakes don't affect price. I think the fact that Utah has low wages and large families has kept prices lower. With that said in the last year home prices have risen 20-40% depending on the area. Mainly because of out of state investors fleeing places such as California for the cheap price of houses in Utah. If you are at all progressive politically (heck even moderate) expect to be ticked off by the uber-conservative legislature.
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