Utah is an incredible place to live! If the first picture doesn't already convince you then continue onwards to find out why I believe Utah is the best state to live in! (and yes my opinion is so very very biased).
1. The Diverse Landscapes
We have pretty much every kind of landscape you could think of here in Utah. From the red rocks to the salt flats we pretty much have it all. If you're looking for a place with the former and also Rocky Mountains, a desert, a forest and much more, look no further because Utah is the place for you!
2. The People
The people in Utah are absurdly friendly and kind. Everyone is usually very pleasant and nice! After living in another state for almost an entire year, I can say that the people in Utah are unique and amazingly different from any other state. The only exception is the following..
3. The Utah Jazz
Us Utahns are a whole other kind of people when that ball is thrown up into the air at the Vivint Smarthome Arena. Don't mess with us or our team because we will destroy you. We have stuck with the Jazz throughout the good times and the bad times and now they are a playoffs team again and we couldn't be happier! Hopefully Gordon Hayward makes the right decision to re-sign with the Jazz and play for another 5 years with us!
4. The Strong Job Market
Utah has the second lowest unemployment rate in the United States so finding a job after you move here will not be a problem.
5. The Best of Both Worlds
We all know that when Hannah Montana (aka Miley Cyrus) wrote her hit sing she wasn't talking about her two separate lives, she was obviously talking about Utah and how it has some of the best "downtowns" in America including Salt Lake City and Provo, and also it has some of the best small towns in America as well such as Hurricane. If you want a little bit of both of the country and the city then you've come to the right place.
6. Four Seasons Really do Exist!
If you love having actual seasons year-round and experiencing changes in weather then Utah is seriously the place to be. After living in Georgia for a while I've come to realize that there are only two seasons here, cool summer and Hell on Earth.
7. Five Beautiful National Parks
Zion, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef. They are all amazing and incredible places to visit and great summer road trip destinations!
8. Utah is home to the heaviest known organism in the world
It is a male Quaking Aspen tree that comprises an entire forest. It is over 106 acres and its name is Pando which means "The Trembling Giant." It is estimated that it is around 80,000 or possibly even a million years old. It weighs around 13 million pounds!
9. Utah hosts one of the world's largest Holi Festivals
Utahns call it the Color Festival and it happens every year in the spring time. It takes place in Spanish Fork and it hosts about 70,000 people each year!
10. We have the only warm water scuba spot in the United States
Homestead Crater is a huge hole in the ground where people go to either obtain their scuba license or just scuba for fun since there isn't an ocean close by. The temperature of the water ranges between 60-90 degrees.
11. Sundance Film Festival
Hosted in the famous Park City, Utah, the film festival screens around 200 films each year and some of the biggest celebrities are there every single year!
12. Utah is the Jell-O capital of the world!!
More Jell-O is consumed in the state of Utah than anywhere else in the world. Especially green Jell-O!
13. The 1st KFC was founded in Salt Lake
14. We have the greatest snow on Earth
If it's on our license plate it must be true! Our desert-like climate and high elevation creates very dry weather conditions which causes the snow to fall in a very powdery state and create great skiing and snowboarding conditions!
15. The Great Salt Lake
It must be really great if we named our state capital after it. The lake is 75 miles long and 35 miles wide. It's larger than the state of Delaware!! The lower the lake is, the more saltier it becomes. It can range from 5% which is a little bit more than the ocean to 27% which is beyond which water cannot hold more salt.
16. One of the largest LGBT communities in the United States is in Utah
Despite the recent LDS church controversies regarding the LGBT community, Utah has one of the largest in the country. The Salt Lake City Pride Parade has over 25,000 attendees each year including Mormons and Non-Mormons.
Cedar Breaks National Monument
17. 6 National Monuments
Hovenweep, Cedar Breaks, Dinosaur, Natural Bridges, Rainbow Bridge and Timpanogos Cave. If the national parks aren't enough for your adventure cravings these are all amazing places to visit.
Utah's theme park, Lagoon, is located in Farmington and is the oldest operating amusement park in the American West. The original roller coaster that goes be several names including "The Roller Coaster" and "The White Roller Coaster," is the third oldest roller coaster in the nation. Another famous coaster at Lagoon would be the Cannibal. This one is for all of those adrenaline junkies out there, with a 208 foot tall enclosed tower and a beyond vertical drop of 116 degrees this roller coaster is not for everyone. It travels up to 70 miles an hour and can pull up to 4.2 G's! If you aren't a fan of roller coasters, the theme park has many other family friendly rides and an entire section just for kids!
19. Utah has the Highest Literacy Rate in the United States
20. The Four Corners
The Four Corners is the only place in the nation where four states come together. Those states are Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. The newest Vacation movie staring Ed Helms has a really funny clip about this here! It is so hilarious I almost peed the first time I saw it!
21. Utah is the second driest state after Nevada
If you like dry, heat and desert then look no further! We have, on average, 300 sunny days a year!
22. Home to the Largest open-pit mine in the world
Bingham Canyon or as the locals call it the Copper Mine, is the largest open-pit mine in the world and you can even see it from space!
23. Utah has the youngest population in the country
If you're feeling a bit old and want to feel younger again then Utah is the place for you! 31% of the population is under the age of 18. We also have the highest birth rate in the country if you're looking to start a family.
24. Home to 25 colleges/universities
Education is super important and Utah is a great place to get your education. The two biggest universities being the University of Utah and Brigham Young University.
25. In 2012, a Gallup poll found that Utah, overall, was the best state to live in!
26. Famous Utahns include:
David Archuleta, Butch Cassidy, Karl Malone, Julianne and Derek Hough and Chrissy Teigen!
Why wouldn't you want to live in a place where Chrissy Teigen is from?!