Located just west of the Rocky Mountains, Utah is ripe with natural beauty and charming towns and cities. Known as “The Beehive State” for the industrious nature of the people who have called it home, Utah’s state’s motto is simply the word “Industry.” The state was settled by Mormons in the 19th century and roughly 60% of the state's current population are Mormon. Aside from being home to the largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere, Utah is very mountainous, and is known for having some of the world’s best skiing slopes. Salt Lake City, the state’s largest city, is a major metropolitan area with plenty of world-class amenities to offer. Between the region’s beautiful natural landscape and the welcoming appeal of cities like Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah is a wonderful place to retire.
The median monthly cost of a care home in Utah is about $2,850. However, the cost of living in a care home depends largely on location. Since the homes are private residences, costs are tied to real estate value and therefore may vary greatly.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because care homes operate similarly to assisted living communities, states may regulate care homes within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to community records in Utah.
In Utah, care homes — sometimes called residential care homes, board and care homes, group homes, or personal care homes — are often houses in residential neighborhoods that are adapted, equipped, and staffed to care for a small number of residents, usually 10 or fewer. Similar to assisted living in a smaller, more residential setting, these homes provide supervision, organized events, and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). This means care homes can help with everyday routines but typically do not provide 24-hour skilled nursing assistance.
Overall, the cost of living in Utah is considered to be more affordable than the national average. Utah is rated below the national average in all index categories except transportation, likely due to the fact that public transit options in the state are limited to a small number of bus lines in a few cities. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 16% of Utah’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Utah leaned very conservative, and over a quarter of the voters voted for a third party candidate. Utah has the largest Mormon community in the world, and over 60% of the state’s population identifies as Mormon.
Most of Utah has a dry, semi-arid climate with warm summers, cool winters, and below average rainfall. The more mountainous regions in the state have subarctic climates, consisting of cold winters, short summers, and lots of snowfall. The mountainous region just outside of Salt Lake City receives over 500 inches of snowfall every year.
Moderate air quality means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.