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Published: Thursday, Oct. 28 2010 12:52 p.m. MDT

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Jeff R.
Sheridan, WY

SLC's downtown in 2010 and beyond is going to attract alot of busineses and alot of high paying jobs to utah. Who wouldn't want to come to a state with the lowest business taxes, the lowest obesity rate, an expanding int'l airport, and more recreation than one knows what to do with. This huge investment will payoff and the Salt Lake Valley will benefit hugely from it. I cant wait to move there in a few years.

JHP
Salt Lake City, UT

These rankings are impressive but we shouldn't overemphasize them. They're kind of like rankings for colleges and universities. Yes, the U.S. News rankings can give a very general indicator of how good a school might be, but there's a lot more to it than that.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

...And Beauty is only skin deep.


An Eternal True....

Newton's 2nd law of physics,
and Nephi uses it as well (so it must be true).

For every action,
There is an equal and opposite re-action.
All things have their opposites.

Utah is also
#1 in foreclosures
#1 in Bankruptcies
#1 in Anti-Depressants
#1 in Pornography


But like the article states,
we are only #8 in obesity.

So much for Beauty Contests.....

OnlyInUtah
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Good comment LDS Liberal.. there is always a down side!

Still, it's nice to see the state at the top of some positive rankings.

newwest
Ferron, UT

Liberal,
You're right on one of four.
Utah isn't #1 in bankruptcies, foreclosures or pornography. (We were #1 in per capita ONLINE porn subscriptions. The researcher who published that report speculated that it was because porn was less available from "retail" outlets in Utah.)
We are # 1 in antidepressant use.
Utah ranks dead last among states in several categories, including alcohol consumption per capita, alcohol-related auto fatalities, percentage of children with both parents in the work force, high blood pressure (we have the lowest average blood pressure in the US--all those antidepressants?) and percentage of women who get yearly pap smears.
Gotta love rankings.

john in az
tempe, az


add 3 cities in Utah that rank in the top 20 for air pollution.

So consider that Forbes used "enviromental controls" as a measure for what is good for BUSINESS, lax environmental controls are good for BUSINESS and bad for everyone else.

I just want to repeat what someone else posted
And Beauty is only skin deep.


An Eternal True....

Newton's 2nd law of physics,
and Nephi uses it as well (so it must be true).

For every action,
There is an equal and opposite re-action.
All things have their opposites.

Utah is also
#1 in foreclosures
#1 in Bankruptcies
#1 in Anti-Depressants
#1 in Pornography


But like the article states,
we are only #8 in obesity.

UtahUte16
Salt Lake City, UT

Not to nit pick. But that would be Newton's 3rd law.

Utah is a wonderful place to live. Foreclosures and bankruptcies are definitely bad in Utah. But #1 in pornography? No. People subscribe online because it isn't readily available like in most states. Regarding anti-depressants, many people self medicate with alcohol, weed, and other drugs. Since many Utahans stay away from that, they resort to anti-depressants. I am on them, and they have changed my life. Mental illness isn't something to gawk and make fun of. If you've had it, you know it can be debilitating.

I'm fine if people don't like Utah and some of its quarks, it leaves us who love Utah to ourselves. SLC is on it's way up, despite what magazines may or may not say.

Ed Meyer
Kanab, UT

Here's my take on state ratings... there is no reason for magazines to rate Utah highly if there wasn't something to it... we have little political power and are a small state... if the ratings were fixed or overinflated, they would be slanted toward the larger, more powerful states. Many of the factors are impacted by factors not impacted by politics... companies love our central location for distribution to the entire Pacific Coast. They also love our young workforce...other states offer an aging workforce with associated health and productivity issues... Companies also love our conservative, balanced budget commitment.. a sound fiscal environment means lower cost for businesses over time. Bankruptcies aren't an issue. Our people are more entrepreneurial than other states... more entrepreneurs equates to more bankruptcies... the only indictment on Utah is our low per capita expenditure on education and, again, there isn't much we can do about this until we decide to have smaller families... not likely in the future... and even this number is less important as companies see that the outcome of our education system with less money per student is outstanding as well.

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