Independent Living in Utah

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.

Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 40 retirement communities in Utah that offer independent living. The median monthly cost of independent living in Utah is about $2,350.

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Utah Independent Living Regulations

Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because independent living is often provided by assisted living communities, states may regulate independent living 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.

Independent living communities are also known as retirement communities or retirement centers in Utah. These communities are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of independent living communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.

Cost of Living

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.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 98
  • Groceries: 99
  • Housing: 94
  • Utilities: 89
  • Transportation: 109

Demographics

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.

2016 Presidential Election

  • Voted Democratic: 28%
  • Voted Republican: 46%
  • Voted third party: 27%

Population

  • Median age: 31
  • Over the age of 55: 21%
  • 2018 population: 3,161,105
  • 2020 population: 3,280,350
  • Estimated 2025 population: 3,598,515

Miscellaneous

  • 53% regularly attend a religious service
  • 39% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • The state has a total of 5,557 congregations
  • There are 34 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

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.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 52%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 1”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 4” (March)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 51 (Moderate)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 74 in July (Moderate)

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.

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 49 F
  • Average summer temperature: 70°F
  • Typical summer high: 101°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 35°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 28°F
  • Typical winter high: 60°F (February)
  • Typical winter low: 3°F (January)

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