Settled by Mormon pioneers in the late 1840s and admitted as the 45th state in 1896, Utah in the 21st century has become a surprisingly progressive
and diverse destination. In fact, Utah is now the second
fastest-growing state in terms of population, and was
recently named by Bankrate.com as the third-best state
for retirement, based on a lifestyle index that cited its low
Cost of Living and high-quality health care.
Salt Lake City is the state capital and the heart of a thriving metropolitan area with more than 1. 2 million residents. Many regional corporate headquarters are located
here, along with a signi;cant number of new high-tech
businesses. And the cultural scene is as lively as the
economy, from the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir
to the new Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival for the performing arts. Brigham Young University tops the list of higher-education institutions in the northern Utah region.
Southern Utah attracts visitors from around the world
who come to explore the area’s awesome “Mighty 5”
national parks. ;e region, especially around the town of
St. George, is becoming a major retirement destination
for baby boomers who enjoy year-round golf and other
Utah’s climate is generally dry, but there’s plenty
of winter snowfall in the mountain valleys that
are home to major ski resorts. The months of
fall through spring are much milder in southern
Utah, but even the 90-degree temperatures of
summer, there are reasonably comfortable due
to the low humidity.