Retire in Salt Lake City

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Meet Barbara

Want to know what it's like to retire in Salt Lake City?

I am a Michigander, living in Utah since 2007. I worked at the University of Michigan for 10 years before I came here and have continued working in a University setting at SUU and now at the U of U.

So Barbara, what about Salt Lake City initially appealed to you?

I was drawn to Salt Lake because my daughter was going to the U. We visited her and always enjoyed our city visits and all Salt Lake had to offer - good food, concerts and culture. I like being close to an urban setting with all the conveniences and being in close proximity to a good airport. Plus, I love the mountains and quite like the climate.

What is an aspect of the area that you, or other retirees may dislike?

I really can't think of anything I dislike about Salt Lake. There is a strong conservative element in the city - however - there is also room for more open minded people.

What is an aspect of your daily life in the area that you weren't expecting before you moved?

Salt Lake is a fairly large city and often in that setting people are somewhat abrupt. Most of the people in Salt Lake are friendly and very nice - kind of a small town feel inside a big city. And maybe the air quality, I thought it would be better.

If you ever left Salt Lake City, what would you miss the most?

The friends I have made, the downtown arts culture, and the unique nature of towering mountains always in view. I would definitely miss the mountains and everything they have to offer.

What advice would you have for people moving to this community?

Be open to surprises and new opportunities. There is so much to do in the city. Explore! Read the paper and weekly publications to find out what's happening! There's always something going on! Have an open mind. Force yourself to get outside and enjoy it. There is a lot happening here - you just need to get out and go do it!

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