Salt Lake City has been named one of the 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live by, outpacing more than 1,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and 1,000,000 in this data-driven ranking. 

“The pandemic and ensuing economic turbulence made people rethink their commitment to big, expensive cities, and the rise of remote work provided a unique opportunity to live anywhere,” says Winona Dimeo-Ediger, editor-in-chief. “The dust is still settling, but the chaos of this year made the things that have always mattered — affordability, safety, community and opportunity — matter even more. These 100 fantastic cities offer exactly what people are looking for right now.”

This year’s rankings were informed by each city’s “Opportunity Score,” which consists of several variables centered around the economy, job opportunities and growth. When combined, these points offer a snapshot of the opportunity landscape of each city, and the potential for businesses and residents to thrive and grow. 

Livability writes: Bordered by the Western Hemisphere’s largest salt lake and cradled by the Wasatch Mountains, Salt Lake City is postcard-perfect. Residents here can get from downtown to the slopes in an hour, and the area’s snow is so good it’s dubbed the ‘Greatest Snow on Earth.’ In addition to great skiing, Salt Lake City has an up-and-coming brewery scene, lots of museums to explore and deep historical roots. 

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.