I recently spent some time in Chicago where I was able to do a little sight seeing and participate in a craft market where I was surrounded by locals. The city was absolutely fantastic and seemed to go on forever. Endless restaurants, museums, parks, and shopping, all right up my alley! The people were very friendly and easy to get along with (albeit their lack of hesitance to honk at you if you take just a second to long at a street light).
In all my travels, no matter how great the city seems to be, it's never quite like home. I often wonder If it is due to nostalgia, or if Utah truly is one of the best places to live.
This year, Utah ranked number one in the Forbes, Best State for Business , following 3 consecutive years on top http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2014/11/12/ranking-the-best-states-for-business-2014-behind-the-numbers/. It seems to be a growing theme seeing Utah in the top rankings of any business or lifestyle related list. For the first time in my life, I am starting to see that Utah has a "draw". People are choosing Utah specifically, whether it be our excellent business economy or our lifestyle.
What we lack in size, we more than make up for in quality of living and outdoor recreation. It's humbling to think most people have never set eyes on mountains so big, or witnessed the alien landscape of Moab, or been within touching distance of a great bison. Not only that, our City is growing and has the makings of something great.
I was so proud to be at the craft market representing Salt Lake City, UT. It is very easy to take our little salty city for granted.