5 reasons Salt Lake is great for the young, broke and single

Published: Monday, July 1 2013 4:09 p.m. MDT

Aerial view of the Salt Lake City skyline, Friday, June 29, 2012.

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According to the personal finance advice site Money Under 30, Salt Lake City is the second best city in America to be young, broke and single.

Utah’s largest city lost out only to Austin, Texas, in the website’s ranking.

The results of the list relied on six main categories: the number of bars or restaurants per capita, percentage of the population ages 18 to 44, the average commute time, unemployment rate, how many singles live in the city and the overall cost of living.

While the personal finance advice website cites possible employment at CNG Healthcare as its primary reasoning for recommending Salt Lake City to the young, poor and restless, there are plenty of other reasons the Beehive State’s largest city is an appealing destination.

1. Easy and affordable public transportation

The Utah Transit Authority operates more than 600 buses, 400 van pools, 146 light-rail vehicles, 63 commuter rail cars and 18 locomotives in a 1,600-square-mile service area that covers six counties.

2. The workers are happy

Financial information website MarketWatch listed Salt Lake as one of five cities with the happiest workers. According to Glassdoor.com, employees gave companies in Salt Lake top marks for “providing opportunities for advancement and help maintaining a good work-life balance.”

3. The concerts are cheap

The famous annual Twilight concert series is known for providing big names at cheap prices. For just $5 a show, Utahns can be treated to the likes of The Flaming Lips, Belle and Sebastion, Grizzly Bear and The National, just to name a few.

4. Great food at great prices

Salt Lake and its surrounding area is home to some great cheap eats, many of which have been featured on the Travel Channel and Food Network. The birthplace of Café Rio, Utah has a lot to offer, especially when it comes to top-rate Mexican restaurants.

5. Shopping

Downtown Salt Lake has two prominent outdoor malls less than a mile away from each other. The Gateway District and the City Creek Center both have more than enough stores to satisfy the needs of shoppers, especially when it comes to clothes.

Find out the 20 best cities for young broke single people.

JJ Feinauer is a graduate of Southern Virginia University and an intern for the Moneywise page on DeseretNews.com. Email: jfeinauer@deseretdigital.com, Twitter: @jjfeinauer.

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