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Old 05-08-2012, 10:14 PM
 
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Hello, we are contemplating relocating to Salt Lake City. We have school age children, and I am curious about the good and bad of the city. I have never been to Salt Lake City, but would like to hear what people who live there think is the best and worst thing about living there.
Thank you!
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:12 AM
 
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Best thing: Mountains; lots of hiking, lakes, boating and camping close by.
Worst thing: The winter; driving on roads and the winters tend to be long.
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:22 AM
 
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Best thing: Mountains, beautiful country, hiking, bike riding.
Worst Thing: the inversion, air pollution (Salt Lake City) it's why I moved.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:53 AM
 
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Best Things:
Obviously the scenery and what it brings in recreation.

Shopping is always close by or a short drive at the worst.

Healthcare, one of the best States for that for sure.

Cost of living, although rising isn't as bad as a lot of other States.

Education is pretty good if you pick the areas you live in with the better school systems. do your homework

Worst Things:
I've been all over the country and believe me, THESE are some of the worlds worst drivers anywhere. NO skill, NO commons sense and typically armed with a "me first" attitude so come prepared with good insurance and lots of patience. Around here they don't signal, do triple lane changes before your eyes to an offramp and tailgate like your rear bumper and their front bumper need to know each other better Oh and lets not forget my favorite.....they have NO clue what the left lane was intended for

If you're NOT LDS/Mormon there most definitely is a aura that looms overhead since whether you like it or not their culture and politics is what runs this State. If you're good at doing your own thing and ignoring what's around you you'll do just fine. It also helps to pick a more diverse area to live in with less of a concentration of it, so avoid Utah Country altogether.

The pollution is there at most times, but is horrific in the winter months where we can get a week or more of what's known as an "inversion" where the air quality exceeds the nastiness of Los Angeles on a bad day. Others will say it's no big deal, but it IS and gets national recognition now and is only getting WORSE. If you are a clean air freak look elsewhere, this is NOT the place.

The unending tearing up and redoing of roads whether they seem to need it or not. so those orange cones become a way of life around here. And it only serves to jam up and frustrate traffic continually it seems.

I'm sure if I sat and thought real hard I'd come up with a few more, but that covers it for now
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Draper, Utah
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Best thing is the majesty of these mountains and all the beauty that comes with it. Lakes, forest, hikes, etc. I also love that it is family orientated, and you can find cheap things to do all year round. For me, walking outside is just inspiring. A trip up one of the canyons is even more so. You are never at a loss for what to do here. It is all affordable and accessible. If you say you are bored by living in SLC, then you must be a really lazy and boring person, because there is TONS to do

I personally also love the four seasons. I grew up in Southern California, and I do not miss that weather at all. I also lived in the Phoenix area for 3 years, prior to moving back to Utah (I lived here for 5 years before moving away), and let me tell you, the raging heat in Phoenix is so much worse that the winters here in the SLC area. They keep the roads cleared well here, and if you watch the weather and go to the stores before a big storm hits in the winter time, it's really no big deal. And snow provides free fun for the kids, sledding, snow men, etc. If you want a break from Winter, Vegas and St. George are not far away, and provide a nice break from snow and ice. I LOOOOVE Autumn here in SLC. The colors, the changing of the mountains is amazing. A photographer's playground

The schools are great here. So many programs to choose from, and I think compared to other states that the public schools are really good.

Cost of living compared to salaries is good. Gas isn't as expensive as other places. Public transport is pretty decent too.

I have also been so very happy with the quality of the hospitals and the staff in them since we moved here. I also LOVE my kids' pediatrician, and it seems that the dentists, doctors, over all are very friendly and personable here compared to other places I have lived.

The worst thing about it for me BAAAD and unaware drivers. Like the kind that drive 65 in the fast lane, and then flip you off as you maneuver around them. I literally have to use my horn every time I drive to the supermarket, to avoid accidents, or someone moving over into my lane without looking. I am not exaggerating. It's that bad and annoying.

Also... a monopoly of certain stores. City Creek helped with that a lot as far as pouring new flavor into the shopping department here, but there are so many old Navies, Targets, etc. Drives me nuts. You go do the mall and everybody looks like they stepped out of an old Navy or Target catalog.

I also wish certain grocery stores like Trader Joe's, Fresh and Easy, could make their way here. It would be great.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:30 AM
 
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good: no humidity, 4 seasons, impressive medical system with good and accessible doctors, gorgeous scenery, lots of recreational stuff, low crime generally, polite and pleasant people generally

bad: inversions, bad drivers, not enough mom-and-pop stores although that is changing
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:18 PM
 
Location: UT
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Everyone has pretty much covered my good and bad about it, but let me give my viewpoint about the people:

The Mormon thing can be a good and a bad depending on how you treat it and what people you get mixed up with. Some Mormons are trying to convert you and are actually super pretentious snobs, but they are not all like that. Most of the time the Mormons are genuine and kind, and extremely friendly. If you are planning on staying for more than 6 months or so, you will definitely have some bad experiences with some of the weird Mormons, but the good experiences with them will always outweigh the bad. One of the best things about Utah is its people.
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:00 PM
 
Location: West Jordan, UT
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good: no humidity, 4 seasons, impressive medical system with good and accessible doctors, gorgeous scenery, lots of recreational stuff, low crime generally, polite and pleasant people generally

bad: inversions, bad drivers, not enough mom-and-pop stores although that is changing
This. I love Utah. I am not LDS, my neighborhood mostly is, and we get along great. I love my neighbors. Most of my kids' friends are LDS, no issues.
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:33 PM
 
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Default People are for the most part UNfriendly

My experience living there for 1 1/2 years, 2 years ago, is that people are by large very unfriendly. Some put on a weird fake politeness, but the majority just come across as quite mannerless. Maybe if you're a fellow Mormon (or LDSer, as they insist on being called), it's different. But if you're an outsider, you'll stay on the outsside Moderator cut: rude. Thank God.

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Old 05-09-2012, 03:34 PM
 
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Oh, I forgot the good: public indoor heated swimming pools that you can use year-round. There are several scattered around the valley.
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