1. Utahns are the most welcoming people.
We welcomed the world during the 2002 Winter Olympics, and we’re still happy to meet new folks. Move into just about any Utah neighborhood, and you’ll soon be greeted with a plate full of chocolate chip cookies.
2. Utahns share what they have.
Utahns are the most giving people in the nation. We’re number one in giving the highest percentage of our incomes to charity.
3. We love to talk to people from countries all over the world.
And we can do it in their native tongues, too. Utahns speak 90 percent of the world’s modern languages, according to the Economic Development Corporation of Utah.
4. Utahns are incredibly talented.
Pretty much every Utahn have some kind of serious talent. I know Utahns who are amazing dancers, singers, musicians, writers, artists, archers, wood workers, marksmen and more.
5. If you have Utahns for friends, you’ll get some incredible gifts.
Because they’re so talented, you’ll find that your Utah friends bring you some amazing presents. Handmade quilts for weddings or baby showers, homemade fudge or jam for the holidays, hand-crafted gifts for your birthday. Utahns love to create beautiful things, and give their creations to loved ones.
6. Utahns love to spend time helping others.
Utahns volunteer more than people in any other state! 45.3% of Utah residents ages 16 or older volunteer their time - an average of 75 hours per year. We help others - even homeless pets, as in this photo featuring volunteers at Best Friends Animal Society.
7. We feel safe in Utah, thanks to our peaceful, law-abiding citizens.
Utah’s low violent crime rate speaks well of our citizens. We typically focus on community-building and peaceful solutions to issues rather than resorting to violence.
8. If you’re looking for tasty food, make some friends from Utah.
If you’re looking for good, home-cooked meals, Utahns are the people to know. We have some of the best cooks in the country, and they're always willing to share a bite with whomever's nearby!
9. Utahns celebrate many cultures and traditions.
Utahns love to explore the traditions of all people - regardless of our own personal backgrounds. Our state is made up of people from all walks of life, and we’re all interested in learning about each other.
10. If you want to learn how to do just about anything, ask a Utahn.
Utahns are amazing do-it-yourselfers. They can re-shingle a roof, install drywall in a basement and fix their own cars. If you ask, we’re happy to not only help you with your project, but teach you a skill as well.
11. Utahns have that pioneer heritage.
What does that mean, exactly? It’s a kind of hardiness - the type of toughness that means that your neighbor shovels your walk when he does his, because a little bit of freezing cold weather doesn’t phase him. It’s the kind of community-mindedness that brings everyone together to help the person in the neighborhood who just had a baby or is sick. Many Utahns have direct pioneer lineage - and it’s rubbed off on the rest of us.