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1) You Have a Family
Utah is very family-friendly. We have the most kids per family in the nation, and you can tell just by driving down I-15 (we surely have more minivans and SUVS per capita than other states). We also have tons of kid-friendly entertainment and you can bring your family just about anywhere in the state.
2) You’re Single
Utah is full of families, but there’s plenty here for singles, too. You’ll find tons of activities for singles of all ages, including single parents. The hardest part about being single in Utah? Staying that way!
3) You’re LGBT
Utah might be a conservative state, but a 2015 national survey found that Salt Lake City ranks 7th in the nation for population of residents who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or transgender. Salt Lake’s Pride Parade drew a crowd of 35,000 people this summer — many of whom identify as straight, but joined the party in support of their LGBT friends. No matter what your sexual orientation or gender, you belong in Utah.
4) You’re Retired
MarketWatch named St. George, Ogden and Cedar City as great places to retire, but really anywhere in the state is great for retirees. The Southern part of Utah has the warm weather and year-round golfing. The Northern part of the state has an International airport (great for visiting grandkids!) and some killer cultural offerings such as a world-class symphony, ballet, and opera company.
5) You’re Mormon
It’s no surprise: Utah is Mormon Mecca. There’s an LDS temple in every town and a ward house on every corner. The state was founded by Mormons, and about 60 percent of Utah residents are members.
6) You’re Not Mormon
Just because Mormons are in the majority in Utah doesn’t mean that non-Mormons don’t belong here, too. Both lifelong Utahn non-Mormons and recent transplants love what the state has to offer (in addition to, or in spite of its main religion). Salt Lake County is just 51 percent Mormon, which means that 49 percent aren’t. The best part about living in Utah as a non-Mormon? Going to Costco on a Sunday!
7) You Love to Play in the Great Outdoors
Utah is chock-full of outdoor recreation opportunities. If you’re a skier/snowboarder, hiker, waterskier, ATV enthusiast, hunter, rock climber, or backpacker you know that you can spend years here and still not see everything!
8) You Love to Drive Through Utah’s Great Outdoors
Not everyone in Utah is keen on hiking or skiing in Utah’s outdoors, but you still belong here if you love the state’s natural beauty. Lots of Utahns take road trips through the state to admire its stunning scenery.
9) You’re a Techie
In February, the New Yorker published an article about how Utah became the next Silicon Valley. It’s true. On a list of the 15 cities with the highest number of tech employees, Utah has 3: Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Provo.
10) You’re Hopeless with Technology
You're in the right place. With all these tech geeks around, someone’s surely able to help you figure out why your computer keeps giving you that error message.
11) You’ve Got Talent
If you’re a singer, dancer, actor, or musician, Utah is definitely your place. The state has so many opportunities for its talented people to perform. From the Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City to stand up comedy in Ogden, and everywhere in between, you’ll find somewhere to share your talents with the rest of us.
12) You Don’t Have ANY Talent
That’s OK. Plenty of Utahns do. You can watch and enjoy them.
13) You're a Cowboy
Whether you like to participate or watch, there’s a rodeo in just about every Utah town.
14) You're a City Slicker
Utah doesn't have any huge cities, but we have several that are large enough to provide great shopping and entertainment.
As you can see Utah is a very accepting place. We love all our neighbors and go out of our way to make everyone feel welcome. What did you think of our list? Did we leave anything out? Tell us in the comments below!