Best Cities 2010: Salt Lake City, UT

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Best Cities 2010: Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City is easy to get around, with the airport just 10 minutes from downtown and ample public transportation

City: Salt Lake City

State: Utah

Best Cities Overall Rank: 58

About Salt Lake City:

The people of Salt Lake City consume more Jell-O per capita than any other city in the United States.

It’s easy to get pretty much anywhere from Salt Lake City, with the airport just 10 minutes from downtown and ample public transportation.

County: Salt Lake

Population: 181,698

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitors’ bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Salt Lake Tribune 

Salt Lake City blogs:

My Salt Lake

One Cheap Chick

Salt Lake City‘s Facebook page: Follow Salt Lake City on Facebook 

Salt Lake City‘s Twitter page: Follow Salt Lake City on Twitter 


Education rank: 59

High School graduation rate 2008: 69%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 3

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 1.65

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 10

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 5.50

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 266

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 22

Total Expenditures Per Student: $8,799


Health rank: 27

Quality children’s hospitals: 2

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 1.10

Quality Pediatricians: 2

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 1.10

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 3.33


Safety rank: 75

Violent Crimes, 2008: 1420

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 781.51

Sex Offenders: 692

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 380.85           


Economy rank: 4           

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 19.4

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 7.1           

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 337.32

Median Home List Price: $250,000                                    


Recreation Rank: 55

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 1,912           

Parkland per 100,000: 1,052.3