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Retire in Bountiful, Utah?
Overview: Beautiful Bountiful, known as the "garden spot of Utah," gets good reviews all around. Clean and quiet, it was settled by a Mormon pioneer in the 1840s and is at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains just north of Salt Lake City.
With mountains to the east and the Great Salt Lake to the west, this is a scenic area, and several national publications have called it a great place to live. Neighborhoods, many located in the foothills, are low-density and well maintained with a good selection of home styles. The downtown is cute with book shops, clothiers, antique shops, cafes and more. Gardens and parks are liberally sprinkled throughout the city. There is a farmers' market, numerous shopping centers and some very good restaurants. Outdoor recreation, including downhill skiing, hiking, fishing and camping, is just a stone's throw away to the west.
Seventy-five percent of residents are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and the Church's Tabernacle and Temple are particular points of pride.
Population: 45,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 35%
Cost of Living: 15% above the national average
Median Home Price: $385,000
Climate: Summers are hot, sunny and dry, with temperatures reaching into the 90s. Winters are cold and snowy, with temperatures in the teens, 20s and 30s. On average, the area receives 23 inches of rain and 90 inches of snow each year. The elevation is 4,408 feet above sea level.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes, a bus and lightrail
Crime Rate: Well below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Very conservative
College Educated: 43%
Is Utah Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? No
Cons: The air quality is below the national average.
Notes: Bountiful is known for its high quality of life, and most people seem to love the city. Traffic congestion is sometimes a problem. Racial diversity is minimal.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
The United States acquired Utah in the treaty that ended the Mexican American War in 1848, and the state joined the Union in 1896. Salt Lake City is the capital, as well as the largest city and metropolitan area.
Utah's name means "people of the mountains" in the Ute language. The sego lily is the official flower, while the Rocky Mountain Elk is the state animal. The official flag was adopted in 1913.
Utah and Hawaii are the only states in the nation that outlaw all forms of non-social gambling. Even the Native American reservations in Utah do not have gambling.
The state is one of the nation's leading suppliers of oil, farming products, biomedical and computer-related products. Top agricultural commodities include cattle, sheep and diary products.
Estimates are that 65% of the state is owned by federal government. The Great Salt Lake covers more one million acres.
Population - 3,051,217
Persons 65 years old and over - 10%
High school graduates, age 25+ - 91%
Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 31%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 13%
White persons, not Hispanic - 78%
Median household income - $60,700
Median home value - $215,900
Social Security taxed? Yes
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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