Frequently listed by national magazines and websites among the best places to live due to a variety of factors including recreational options, the business environment, climate, and a low crime rate, Salt Lake City is the 50th largest metropolitan market in the United States. Recently, Salt Lake City was named one of “America’s 5 New Food Cities” by Wine Enthusiast. In 2013, Salt Lake City was among Prevention’s “Top 10 Happiest, Healthiest Cities in America.” Sitting at an elevation of 4,330 feet above sea level, the University is set on the east bench of the Salt Lake Valley. To the west stretches the entire valley, to the east the towering mountains of the Wasatch Range.
The international airport is just nine minutes from downtown and getting around is easy on TRAX, the city’s ever-expanding light rail transit system. TRAX lines now connect the campus with the airport and all sections of the Salt Lake Valley.
In addition to the diverse assortment of restaurants and bars (with culinary options running the gamut from tapas bars to nouvelle cuisine), there are two beautiful mixed-use shopping/living areas: The Gateway, just to the west of downtown, and City Creek, right in the heart of downtown. The NBA’s Utah Jazz is a downtown staple, as is the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees of baseball’s Pacific Coast League.
Utahans rarely spend much of their time indoors. From campus, seven world-renowned ski resorts are just 30 minutes away. Five National Parks are within a five-hour drive. Forty golf courses are strategically located throughout the valley and nearby mountains. In addition, hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails can be accessed just to the east of campus. For a quick getaway, the historic mining town of Park City is just a 30-minute drive from Salt Lake. Beyond the state, Los Angeles is a 10-hour drive to the southwest, Las Vegas eight hours due south. To the north, Boise is four and a half hours, Denver eight hours to the east.