Retire in Salt Lake City

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Best Retirement City - Salt Lake City

See why many believe that Salt Lake City is the best city to retire

Home of the 2002 Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City is a skier’s paradise. Within just an hour, you have access to world-class resorts that include Park City, Canyons, Deer Valley, Alta, and Powder Mountain. If skiing isn’t your thing, the hiking is equally as spectacular once the snow melts. Although it has a more conservative image traditionally, the city has relaxed its alcohol laws in recent years and now features a vibrant downtown area with 12 local breweries, Symphony Hall and Broadway shows. Getting there isn’t a problem either: the light rail and bus system makes navigating between the city, airport, and resorts seamless. Between all of this and its strong local healthcare, it’s no surprise the Milken Institute named Salt Lake City the fifth best city for aging. Unfortunately, Utah is not a tax-friendly state, with a 5% flat income tax and social security tax. Downtown Salt Lake City is a common residential location for those looking immediate access to the city’s amenities, although it is better suited for those looking for smaller residences as it is mainly condominiums. Bountiful is a nearby suburb that tends to attract many retirees, as it has a low crime rate, a beautiful golf course, and plenty of townhomes and ranch style homes. Avenue is another common neighborhood which is very walkable, and tends to be more affluent as supported by many of the professional athletes and businesspeople who live there. Click on the tabs to learn more about what it's like to retire in Salt Lake City.

City Highlights

  1. Access to over 5 world class ski resorts
  2. Walkable, active downtown
  3. Strong employment and GDP growth
  4. Very educated population

Potential Drawbacks

  1. High crime rates
  2. Unfriendly taxes
  3. High cost of living near resorts

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 45,833

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Boise, ID

Population Growth Last 3 Years



Salt Lake

Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Salt Lake City International Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

alt Lake City International Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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