Does Utah keep the dream alive?
Bloomberg's Megan McArdle recently put together a first-person piece that dived into Utah’s upward mobility and business culture. She said she visited Utah — which she called “a very weird place” — in search of the American dream.
“Columnists don’t talk as much as they used to about the American dream. They’re more likely to talk about things like income mobility, income inequality, the Gini coefficient — sanitary, clinical terms,” she wrote. “These are easier to quantify than a dream, but also less satisfying. We want money, yes, but we hunger even more deeply for something else: for possibility. It matters to Americans that someone born poor can retire rich.”
And though the American dream seems almost impossible to find nationwide, McArdle wrote that she found it in the Beehive State.
She found that Utahns have a unique chance of upward mobility since the state offers multiple opportunities for jobs after college.
The state also includes a host of charities that give residents opportunities to not fall into poverty or into too many social problems, she wrote.
“The volunteering starts in the church wards, where bishops keep a close eye on what’s going on in the congregation, and tap members as needed to help each other,” she wrote. “If you’re out of work, they may reach out to small-business people to find out who’s hiring. If your marriage is in trouble, they’ll find a couple who went through a hard time themselves to offer advice.”
Read more about how Utah creates the American dream at Bloomberg.