Utah Tops 10 Best States to Live in During 2024

The MSN.com News Travel section recently placed Utah at the top of its “10 Of the Best States to Live In During 2024” report. The news organization’s editors said: “Utah offers a high quality of life with a strong job market, low crime rates, and stunning natural beauty. It’s a great place for outdoor activities and has a vibrant cultural scene.”

MSN also shared some of Utah’s advantages, including a strong job market, affordable life cost, and safe neighborhoods. Technology and healthcare sectors are especially thriving in the Beehive State. Utah boasts renowned national parks – Bryce National Park, Arches National Park, Zion National Park, Glen Canyon National Park – and incredible landscapes, making myriad opportunities for outdoor activities.

In May of 2023, U.S. News & World Report placed Utah No. 1 in its “Best States” ranking. The reward was the result of analysis of more than 70 different metrics across eight categories, including economy, fiscal stability, health care and crime and corrections. U.S. News & World Report said the strengths of what Utah offers its residents, mainly economy and education, are why it earned the top spot. Add to that a 2023 study conducted by WalletHub that established as Utah the best place to start a business, especially for small businesses.

The University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute underscored to U.S. News & World Report that giving business leaders what they want, like a stable tax and regulatory structure, is essential to Utah’s strong economic performance. Utah’s economy has also been lauded by other prominent business news organizations, including Forbes Magazine. Forbes.com reported that Utah “… has a very pro-business climate and companies benefit from energy costs that are 16% below the national average.”

With robust economic growth and a vibrant culture, it’s no wonder Utah has achieved rankings as one of the best states to live.