Utah is known for its geological diversity ranging from snowcapped mountains to well-watered river valleys to rugged, stony deserts. It is also known for being one of the most religiously homogeneous states in the Union, with approximately 62% of its inhabitants claiming membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which greatly influences Utahn culture and daily life.
Utah is a Native American word meaning "people of the mountains." An outdoorsy retiree's paradise, The state is home to the beautiful Wasatch Mountains and world-class ski resorts like Park City and Deer Valley. You can find burnt-orange and red boulders in the southeastern part of the state, known as the Moab area.
Utah is home to five sprawling national parks (more than any other state except Alaska and California). Also home to The Great Salt Lake, the largest saltwater lake in the western hemisphere, and Monument Valley, with its towering sandstone formations, Utah is a naturally beautiful place to retire.
The cost of living is just slightly higher than the national average and the median home costs a little more than average. Utah's unemployment rate is significantly lower than the rest of the nation, good news for those planning to work during retirement.