Utah Claims Top Spot Again in U.S. News Best States Ranking

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Utah the number one state in the country for the second year running, according to their 2024 Best States rankings. This achievement highlights Utah’s ability to provide a well-rounded life for its residents across several coveted categories including economic opportunity, healthcare, and education.

Beyond its notable ranking, Utah is well known for its stunning natural beauty. From towering mountains and vast plateaus to expansive deserts, the state offers a fascinating diverse landscape. Salt Lake City sits near the Great Salt Lake, the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere. Utah is a haven for winter sports enthusiasts, with the slopes around Salt Lake City attracting skiers with their abundant snowfall. Utah’s reputation for world-class skiing stems from a perfect combination of factors:

  • Legendary Snow: The Wasatch Range receives an incredible amount of snowfall annually, averaging around 500 inches.
  • Accessibility: Many of Utah’s ski resorts are conveniently located near Salt Lake City.
  • Sunshine: Despite heavy snowfall, Utah also enjoys plenty of sunshine. The combination of light, fluffy powder and clear skies creates ideal skiing conditions.

Utah’s economic success is fueled by a powerful combination of factors that benefit both businesses and residents:

  • Thriving Business Environment: Utah fosters a hospitable atmosphere for businesses with its pro-business policies.
  • Skilled Workforce: The state vaunts a young, well-educated population, ensuring a ready pool of talented workers.
  • Diversified Economy: Unlike economies dependent on a single industry, Utah’s thrives on a healthy mix. From technology and healthcare to manufacturing and tourism, the state offers a wide range of opportunities.
  • Affordable Living: Compared to coastal states, Utah provides a relatively low cost of living, making it an attractive place to live and work.

Some states shine in healthcare, some in education. Utah excels in both and in much more. All of these factors contribute to Utah’s reputation as a state with exceptional economic opportunity, education, and healthy lifestyle. Utah continues to foster a business-friendly environment while ensuring a skilled workforce and a high quality of life for its residents.