Salt Lake City

Quality of life in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, Utah, is among the top cities with a free business environment. According to our city rankings, this is a good place to live with high ratings in healthcare, environmental quality and internet access.

Salt Lake City is one of the top ten city matches for 2.4% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

6
169/265
Details
Large apartment$1400.00
Medium apartment$1200.00
Rent index [score]0.62
Small apartment$950.00

Cost of Living

6
94/245
Details
5km taxi ride$7.70
A Cappuccino$5.00
A beer$2.90
A kilogram of Apples$2.80
Bread$0.89
Inflation [score]0.62
Lunch$11.00
Monthly fitness club membership$27.00
Monthly public transport$87.00
Movie ticket$10.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$71.22

Startups

6
49/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups9
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.52
Coworking spaces [score]0.52
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co19
Meetups [score]0.46
Meetups groups124
Meetups members45974
Number of investors127
Number of startup events in the last 12 months1015
Number of upcoming meetup events83
Startup climate scene [score]0.59
Startup events105
Startup events [score]0.71
Startups [score]0.74
Total number of startups272

Venture Capital

6
39/223
Details
Funding accelerator namesBoomStartup
Number of funding accelerators1
Venture capital [score]0.64

Travel Connectivity

3
142/265
Details
Airport hub91
Airport hub [score]0.43
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.11

Commute

5
159/255
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Salt_Lake_City
Traffic handling [score]0.58

Business Freedom

9
69/263
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

6
213/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.83
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year12
Guns per 100 residents146
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.68
Lack of guns [score]0.29
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.48

Healthcare

9
67/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.99
Healthcare quality [score]0.87
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

4
129/239
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Utah
Best university ranking225
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)30
PISA ranking24
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.72
PISA reading (high school)16
PISA science (high school)19
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07
University quality [score]0.13

Environmental Quality

7
135/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.32
Cleanliness [score]0.84
Drinking water quality [score]0.70
Urban greenery [score]0.78

Economy

7
16/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area1.00
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.87

Taxation

4
164/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.28
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.07

Internet Access

7
26/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)44.08
Internet access (download) [score]0.72
Internet access (upload) [score]0.77
Upload speed (Mbps)22.67

Leisure & Culture

6
123/264
Details
Art galleries137
Art galleries [score]0.46
Cinemas72
Cinemas [score]0.61
Comedy clubs18
Comedy clubs [score]0.65
Concert venues116
Concerts [score]0.68
Historical sites57
Historical sites [score]0.63
Museums57
Museums [score]0.56
Performing art venues155
Performing arts [score]0.72
Sport venues15
Sports [score]0.69
Zoos2
Zoos [score]0.79

Tolerance

8
56/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index92.97
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.95
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legalityIllegal in some contexts
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.72

Outdoors

7
18/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.73
Median peak in meters2457.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside waterbody1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)1304.00
Water access [score]0.59
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Salt Lake City are in the 94th place of all 245 Teleport cities. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$780$1,100
$950
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$27
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$41
Monthly public transport$87
Lunch$11
-32%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$74,053
Median salary
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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

14%
For annual salary of $40000
20%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

7%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

195/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

113/262
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Assault
Very Low
9/51
Theft
Very Low
6/49

Crime rate development in the last 7 months

Change in the last 7 months

  • Assault500%

Gun crimes & Ownership

146.18
Guns per 100 people
11.69
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Embassies

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Los, Angeles, United States

120 South Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, United States

Phone: +1-310-288-8334,+1-310-288-8334

U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan

Great Massoud Road, Wazir Akbar Khan , Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone: (+93) 700-10-8001

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  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness

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    Who lives here

    • Professionals
    • Singles
    • Families with kids
    • Retirees
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    People in Salt Lake City

    Population of Salt Lake City

    1,385,100
    586 /km²
    180/264
    Density (people per unit of area)
    6%
    Growth in 2015-2020
    Salt Lake City

    Demographics of United States

    Median age
    38
    Elderly people
    15%
    Life expectancy at birth
    80
    GDP per capita (in USD)
    $54,597
    12/262
    Unemployment
    5%
    117/263

    Languages

    English proficiency score
    100
    1/228
    Common spoken languages
    English

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    Software Engineer
    9.68%
    Marketing Manager
    5.24%
    Web Designer
    4.03%
    Web Developer
    3.63%
    Founder
    3.23%
    Data Scientist
    2.82%
    Administrative Assistant
    2.82%
    Other
    68.55%

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    LGBT rights in Salt Lake City

    Discrimination

    Illegal In Some Contexts

    Marriage

    Legal

    Adoption

    Legal

    Climate

    Average number of clear days per year

    125

    Climate type

    Warm Summer Continental

    Average daily maximum temperature

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    On living in Salt Lake City


    Salt Lake City is the capital of, and largest city in, the U.S. state of Utah. It is a destination for outdoor recreation, with nearby mountains full of hiking trails and ski resorts made famous by the 2002 Winter Olympics. It is also well known as the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormon church.

    Salt Lake City has about 190,000 residents within the city limits, and is the downtown hub for a metro area of over a million people. Geographically, it sits on the border between the Rocky Mountains and the Great Basin, lying in the Salt Lake Valley along the Wasatch Range urban corridor, sandwiched between the Wasatch Mountains to the east and the Oquirrh Mountains and the Great Salt Lake to the west.

    Notable neighborhoods in Salt Lake City include Downtown, the financial core and home to Temple Square (a two-block complex that includes the LDS church headquarters, the Salt Lake Temple, and various other sites related to Mormon history and culture); Central City, a mostly residential area from approximately 400 South to 900 South; Sugar House, a commercial/residential district in the southeastern corner of the city, known for its funky shops; The Avenues, a historical neighborhood with many old buildings, northeast of downtown; University, the area around the sprawling University of Utah campus and the adjacent Research Park, VA Medical Center, and Fort Douglas; Federal Heights, a small, affluent neighborhood in the hills east of The Avenues and north of the University; East Bench or Foothill, a residential neighborhood between 900 South and I-80, bisected by the major arterial road Foothill Boulevard; Capitol Hill, an affluent sloping district north of downtown, topped by the Utah State Capitol building; the Marmalade District, a quirky area immediately west of Capitol Hill with some unusual architecture and decor; Rose Park, a residential neighborhood northwest of downtown, near the airport; and Glendale, a heavily Hispanic residential district and home to the International Peace Gardens, at the southern end of the westside. The benches refer to a handful of residential, upper-class communities along the slopes of the Wasatch Mountains on the east side of the valley, and to a lesser extent on the Traverse Mountains at the southern end of the valley and the Oquirrh Mountains on the western side. The predominant economic divide in the Salt Lake Valley is between the eastern and western halves, with the east side traditionally being more affluent and conservative.

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    Overall ranking

    United States
    23rd from a total of 163 countries

    World Order

    26th

    Refugees hosted

    Refugees generated

    Charity giving

    Birth rate

    UN Treaties signed

    International Peace & Security

    66th

    Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

    International violent conflict

    Peacekeeping troops

    Arms exports

    Internet security (2014)

    Planet & Climate

    34th

    Ecological footprint

    Reforestation since 1992

    Hazardous pesticides exports

    CO2 emissions

    Ozone

    Prosperity & Equality

    46th

    Development assistance

    FDI outflows

    Fairtrade market size

    UN volunteers abroad

    Open trading

    Culture

    53rd

    Freedom of movement

    Press freedom

    Creative services exports

    UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

    Creative goods exports

    Science & Technology

    20th

    Nobel prizes

    Patents

    Journal exports

    International publications

    International Students

    Health & Wellbeing

    12th

    Pharmaceutical exports

    Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

    Food aid

    Humanitarian aid donations

    International Health Regulations Compliance

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