1. We live in the happiest state in the nation.
According to a 2015 survey by WalletHub, Utahns ranks number one for overall happiness out of all 50 states.
2. We have FIVE National Parks…
Zion, Bryce, Arches, Capitol Reef and Canyonlands. Only two states (Alaska and California) have more national parks than Utah, and they’re both much larger than our state.
3. ...and 45 State Parks…
That’s right. FORTY-FIVE state parks. I can’t list them all here… but each offers something cool: history, fishing, camping and other recreation.
4. ...and 7 National Monuments.
Dinosaur National Monument, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Natural Bridges National Monument, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Timpanogos Cave National Monument and Hovenweep National Monument. Seven amazing places to visit in Utah!
5. Our internet connections are blazing fast.
The Akami Q1 2915 State of the Internet report lists Utah as having the 4th fastest broadband speed in the nation. Our average Internet connection speed is 15.7 Mbps, ranking behind Delaware, District of Columbia and Virginia, which average 18.6 Mbps.
6. Utah has the highest rate of volunteerism in the nation…
We love to roll up our sleeves and volunteer to help others and improve our communities.
7. ...and we give the most money to charity, too.
We give a higher percentage of our incomes to charity than any other people in the country.
8. We have the best water in the country.
The Partnership for Safe Water named Utah’s water the best in the nation. Our amazing snow turns into great water!
9. Utah’s capital city is LGBT friendly.
Salt Lake City has the seventh largest gay population in the U.S., the city’s Pride festival is one of the country’s largest…
10. ...and we just elected our first openly gay mayor.
Congratulations, Mayor Jackie Biskupski!
11. We have the best snow...
It’s fluffy and powdery and you can’t find snow this fabulous anywhere else.
12. ...and 14 alpine ski resorts....
If you want to play in our amazing snow, you can do it at any of FOURTEEN alpine resorts.
13. ...and 25 Nordic skiing venues.
If cross-country is more your style, you’ll find 25 resorts and parks for Nordic skiing.
14. Utah has the largest saltwater lake in the Western hemisphere.
It covers 2,100 square miles and can be seen from outer space!
15. Utahns know the proper way to eat French fries...
With fry sauce, of course.
16. ...and we have some pretty tasty burger joints, too.
Crown Burger continually ranks as Utahns’ favorite, but you’ll find delicious burgers across the state.
17. Utah is the best state in the country for business.
Forbes named Utah the best state for business in 2015 - we’ve held that position for five of the last six years.
18. Utah was the site of the completion of the Transatlantic Railroad...
Back when rail travel was the thing, this was a big, big deal.
19. ...and our current system of UTA “trains” is award-winning today.
The American Public Transportation Association named UTA’s transit system the Outstanding Public Transportation System of 2014. Hop aboard TRAX or FrontRunner to avoid the stress and traffic jams during your commute.
20. Our state has the world’s largest natural rock span.
Rainbow Bridge is 278 wide and 309 feet high. Native Americans have considered the bridge a sacred site, but it was only “discovered” by white explorers in 1909.