Moving out of New Jersey seems like a pipe dream for most people, but two recent college graduates from the Garden State are currently living and working in the Beehive State. They both say it was one of the best decisions they ever made. Their story is not unique – one out of every five millennials is considering moving to Utah for a healthier environment, lower cost of living, and more jobs.
This article will provide an overview of some tips when moving out of New Jersey to Utah while providing information on what your life might look like when you’ve moved and the best places to move to.
Why is Utah such an attractive place to live?
You may have heard about the spectacular high-tech industry that is growing rapidly in the state – many of you are probably using some of the products or services from companies based in Utah, such as Adobe, Ancestry.com, Domo, Overstock.com, Vivint, and Yelp. But there’s much more to it than just tech companies – a huge outdoor recreation industry has blossomed in recent years (including rock climbing gyms), as well as acclaimed art and music festivals like Sundance Film Festival and Park City Music Festival.
The best places to live in Utah
1. Greater Avenues
This neighborhood includes Salt Lake City’s most expensive real estate and the most luxurious living buildings. It has many streets like Summit Park Drive, Avenues High Road, and Morning Creek Drive.
Avenues High Road rises above the rest of the neighborhood to form a heavenly skyline with multiple different buildings. Some of these are known as “Beachside” buildings, similar to a beach house on the water with wooden roofs and shutters. The Avenue High Road itself ends at a cliff, so you can only see one end from the Skyline Terrace side, which is from where you could walk straight down to the ocean.
The Avenues stretch from Salt Lake Valley to an area known as the Avenues Proper. It has a great view of the surrounding mountains and offers some of the most expensive homes in Utah County. It’s a short drive to perfect skiing conditions at Brighton Ski Resort and Solitude.
2. East Liberty Park
East Liberty Park is a neighborhood in Salt Lake City South Side. This neighborhood is known for its great park and its proximity to the University of Utah – it’s only 6 miles away! It borders Red Butte Canyon, which includes many different trails and paths leading to spectacular city views.
The third and fourth street offers plenty of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops for you to stop by after work or class.
3. Wasatch Hollow
This neighborhood is located in American Fork Canyon and is extremely close to Utah Lake. With an elevation of over 6500 feet, Wasatch Hollow’s green belts experience a cooler climate than other areas of the valley; it’s not uncommon for a state-of-the-art luxury home to be built in places like this where only a few people can afford it.
The Wasatch Hollow neighborhood spans from 5480 South Highland Drive to Summit Park Road and from Dike Street and Highland Drive to Bear River Parkway. The area has lots of natural beauty, with numerous hiking trails that provide amazing views. There are also several community forests and other areas around the city where you can participate in community activities such as bird watching, hiking, and mountain biking.
4. Central City/Liberty-Wells
Central City/Liberty-Wells is located in Salt Lake City’s center, only a few minutes from the city’s main financial district.
This is your place to go if you’re looking for quiet and good nightlife. “Liberty-Wells” is known for having the best restaurants and bars in town and some museums that often have free events. The neighborhood also has great access to I-15 making travel easy to major cities like Seattle and Los Angeles.
Central City is located at the base of the east bench at 4200 South, near I-215 and I-80. The area is surrounded by major commercial parks, residential areas, and downtown.
This neighborhood is located on the southern edge of the city’s metropolitan area, making for a great escape from most of the city’s hustle and bustle. It has a very small-town feel, with lots of green space (including an outstanding golf course).
Kaysville has many produce farms and wineries, so you could easily find something to eat or drink.
6. Sugar House
Located near downtown Salt Lake City, Sugar House is a great area to check out if you’re looking for some urban living with a touch of nature! This neighborhood has many restaurants, nightclubs, and bars.
It is also the location of the Sugar House District Library, which features many resources, including community events and digital resources and programs.
Draper is located in South Salt Lake City, bordering the Jordan River and Helper Creek Valley. Many people choose to live in Draper because it’s close to shopping and dining, as well as easy access to major highways and public transit (UTA). It’s a great place to live for those who work in the central part of the city.
Centerville is located in the “Utah Valley” of Salt Lake County and is a great place to live if you want to be close to everything the valley offers. It has everything from restaurants to shopping and entertainment venues.
The area is 18 miles from the Salt Lake City International Airport, and many major companies are located nearby.
9. North Logan
This neighborhood is located in Cache Valley, over 35 miles away from the Salt Lake International Airport. However, it’s only 13 miles to Logan Regional Airport.
The area also includes many small communities, such as Richmond, Preston, and Wellsville, which might provide a much slower pace of life than some people are looking for. The Cache Valley Transit provides transportation to and from the Logan regional Airport (LXF), Logan (SLC) International Airport, and the Utah State University airport. Cache Valley Transit also provides Brigham City, Oakley, and Preston services.
10. River Heights
River Heights is located within Logan City and close to the Utah State University campus. It is a great place to live if you’re looking for something laid back and close to the campus.
River Heights includes neighborhoods of the same name and a whole host of others that have nothing to do with the namesake area. River Heights consists of Kentucky Oaks, Redwood Oaks, Pine Tree Village, Cole Downs, and Parley’s Point.
No matter what part of the city you’re looking to move to, it looks like you’ll have a lot of options on the table. Whether you want a big city feel or the quiet and peaceful atmosphere of a suburb, Salt Lake City has it. You just have to find it!