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View Poll Results: Do you believe that Utah is a great place to raise your children?
YES 10 55.56%
NO 3 16.67%
NOT SURE 4 22.22%
HOPE SO 1 5.56%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 18. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-03-2013, 05:54 AM
 
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I just wanted to take the time to say I am truly glad to be back in Utah. I moved from Kentucky to Utah in 2001, my illness forced me to move back to Kentucky for 14 months and now I am back to the best state in the nation to continue raising my children. I am curious to learn from others as to the level of certainty that Utah is the best state to raise your kiddos. My personal list would go on for days as to why I think the way I do as I only look at the positives...perhaps I do that now more than ever because I was given a second chance in life because I was blessed. A few of my reasons include (in no order whatsoever): four full seasons, less crime than most places, diversity, culture, attractions of all types, national parks, the many play parks (seems like every 2 miles), teachers who really care, people in general, beautiful landscapes from snow covered mountains to dessert sands, many many lakes/rivers/streams to fish, shopping, and many other reasons. Oh yeah, being a single father, I must say that the woman are very beautiful here...I notice because I haven't found my soul mate like I previously thought yet. I am curious of how others are proud that they have chosen Utah (especially Utah County) to raise the leaders of our future...aka children. I am only interested in positive views please.
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Old 08-03-2013, 01:27 PM
 
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well I've only been here 1 week, but I'm already 100% happier about the environment compared to where we were! that's FO SHO!! We now go to a park that doesn't have junkies and drug dealers, we don't hear helicopters, sirens, and police every night, and I notice that everyone has manners, or at least the ones I've come across! Please, thank you, and excuse me. What a concept.
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Old 08-03-2013, 02:55 PM
 
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That's great! I am glad it was an improvement for you.
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Old 08-03-2013, 10:01 PM
 
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We've only been in Utah a month, but really like it so far. I do have to disagree with you about the diversity part though. I don't feel like this is a very diverse area at all, sadly.
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Old 08-03-2013, 11:08 PM
 
Location: SLC, UT
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The public schools aren't that great, and there's very little diversity. However, there are tons of outdoor activities to do with the snow, the mountains, and the desert. I think it also does matter if you're Mormon or not.

So I'm in the middle. I said NO on the poll, but if there had been a middle ground answer, then I would've chosen that.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City/Las Vegas
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So I'm in the middle. I said NO on the poll, but if there had been a middle ground answer, then I would've chosen that.
Yeah, that's where I'm at as well.

Sure, Utah is great in many ways. But, I've lived throughout the West and there are plenty of great places to raise a family. It is what it is.

All we can do is choose a place to live that's best for our particular needs and priorities. If that's Utah for some - great. It's a win-win. And, if it's somewhere else - that's O.K. too.

Besides, we don't want EVERYONE to move here. Right?

Bill
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Old 08-04-2013, 11:11 AM
 
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I like my choice to move here. I do wish there was more diversity. Personally, I feel there are many places that would be great places to raise children. If I could afford if, I would not even mo d living somewhere like NYC or dc again,if only for the educational and cultural opportunities uniquely available there.
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Old 08-04-2013, 11:14 AM
 
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Bottom line, do I think utah is family friendly, yes. Do I think utah is a uniquely great place yo raise children? Eh, no.
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Old 08-04-2013, 02:42 PM
 
Location: A Place With REAL People
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I would imagine those with kids WOULD love it here. There is no place on earth I'm aware of that is so child centric in everything about it. Now the Jordan School Districts says we are being flooded by both out of state children moving in as well as the new kids coming of school age, but have aging schools. They want a "2 Billion Dollar" (no that's not a mistake) a 2 billion dollar bond, with which to so called renew the schools and build more to accommodate the flood of new kids. I can only speak about my own situation (child free and senior). I can't afford it. I'm being made to pay for all of the multiple child families educations. Yeah I know we've argued this point before. But I assure it is NOT fair. A "head count" would be progress, but you won't see that happen in babyland here that's for sure. Oh well. Glad you're liking it here for whatever reason, but you can take off the rose colored glasses any time now
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Old 08-04-2013, 02:50 PM
 
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Question to the OP : what is the actual influence of the Mormon Church in Utah right now? has it decreased, increased or remained stable in the last decade ?
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