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5 Best Areas For Millenials To Live In Salt Lake City

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By: Karen Squire

It’s easy to see why Salt Lake City is one of the top ten cities in America where millennials choose to settle down. The economy is strong, but the price of living is low. The multicultural environment is welcoming, and the proximity to incredible scenic places is unbeatable. However, some parts of the city are better for young people than others. Here are the five best areas for millennials to live in Salt Lake City.

Central City

This urban part of town is home to lively nightlife, live entertainment, and rich culture. There are a variety of gastropubs, cocktail lounges and neighborhood bars in the area. You’ll also find plenty of restaurants and coffee shops scattered throughout the area. Art galleries and intimate music venues abound, and Trolley Square offers excellent shopping. Liberty Park features walking and running trails, a swimming pool, playgrounds, and a picturesque lake. It’s great for picnicking or boating. Many young professionals and families call Central City home. 

Downtown

For those who enjoy being in the middle of a bustling downtown, this is the place to be. Any amenity imaginable is within a twenty-minute ride… including recreation, entertainment, and schools. The centerpiece here is Temple Square, home of the towering Salt Lake Temple and auditorium and the Mormon Tabernacle. Downtown SLC is also a great place for foodies with lots of farm-to-table restaurants and wine bars. Creek City Center provides upscale shopping and the Capitol Theater presents ballet, Broadway, and opera shows.

East Central

The eclectic feel and relative quiet of East Central attracts the mix of students and families who call it home. This area is affordable but close enough to downtown and the University of Utah to make it accessible. With many coffee shops and parks, this is an easy place to gather during the day, and the neighborhood is safe at night. You’ll find plenty of restaurants and bars, as well as small, funky boutiques and an organic grocery featuring locally-grown produce.

Millcreek

Outdoor enthusiasts will love this foothills area that acts as a gateway to hiking, skiing, and climbing in the Wasatch Mountains. Millcreek even has its own indoor rock climbing gym for those rare days when climbing outdoors isn’t an option. This neighborhood is a hotspot for fun activities with bowling, arcades, bars, and clubs catering to all types. Shopping in the area includes both new and used outdoor gear and a wide array of small consignment boutiques and big-box retail. The food options run the gamut from quick, inexpensive bites to fine dining. 

Sugar House

Family friendly yet fun, this trendy area has a little something for everyone. Sugar House boasts a colorful nightlife with everything from breweries and cocktail lounges to sports bars. For outdoorsy types, Sugar House Park and Hidden Hollow Nature Walk provide trails, a pond, and large expanses of nature. Galleries, indie boutiques, chain retails stores, and vintage shops can all be found in the 2100 South area. While still affordable, this area offers easy access to the freeway for commuters headed towards Park City.

When it comes to places worth settling down in, Salt Lake City has a lot to offer. This city is undoubtedly more than the sum of its parts and deserves its spot on lists of best places in the country for millennials.

Karen Squire is a freelance journalist and photographer who enjoys traveling. When she’s not taking pictures of her kids, you’ll find her photographing wildlife and national monuments around the country.

 

This story was brought to us by Rachael Baihn and Karen Squire

 

Karen Squire is a freelance journalist and photographer who enjoys traveling. When she’s not taking pictures of her kids, you’ll find her photographing wildlife and national monuments around the country.

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