The Salt Lake City metro is an excellent location to think about buying a house if you like skiing, National Parks, and arid climate.Polls, Rankings and Lists#8 Top 100 Best Places to Live - Livability - October 2013#97 Top 100 Best Places to Live - Livability - October 2013#25 Best Airports for Food and Drink - Thrillist - November 2014#8 America's New Brainpower Cities - Forbes - April 2014#5 Best Large Cities for Successful Aging - Milken Institute - November 2014#16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. for Quality of Life - US News and World Report - June 2016#16 Best American Cities for Creatives - Thrillist - July 2016Local LinksVisit Lodi! Conference & Visitors BureauCounties in this Metropolitan AreaEventsLocal BuildersAbout the state of Utah Utah is a red state, going for Bush, McCain, and Romney in the last three presidential elections. Utah is a right to work state. The current governor of Utah is a Republican. Compared to other states, Utah has low income taxes, moderate sales taxes, and low property taxes.